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Notes From a Recovering Competitive Athlete: Ditch the Watch

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For years I made sure my GPS watch was all charged up and ready to go on each hike. I calculated my distance, time, and heart rate. It became a ritual, a routine that I felt naked when I didn’t have it. Recently in my question to find balance and just joy and love for all things active again. I have sometimes been ditching the watch and just going out on a trail adventure.

Today was one of those days, not by choice but laziness by not charging up my watch after the last adventure. I did want to bring my watch as I chose a different trail than I had done before. I always like to track those things and at first, I did feel naked without the watch.

Then I settled into the hike/run and what happened? I started to notice more things around me. I watched the bees both honey and bumble on the queen anne’s lace all around. I saw so many butterflies! I stopped when I wanted and had some music playing without really knowing how far I had gone, how fast, or my heart rate.

 

It turned into a wonderful experience. Can I post it on Strava? No. Can I have it count towards my TomTom Activity? No. But what I can do is know what I did on the trail, know the adventure my dogs had, and share a few moments from my experience today.

 

How about you? Do you love having tech track your workouts or are you old school and map a trail on a map then just go for it?

 

Share your experiences with us in the comments below.

 

If you are looking to align your life and need a kickstart sign up for a free coaching session with me and let’s work together to weave your inner world and the outer world today so you are stoked to live your life each day.

Margaret Schlachter

About Margaret Schlachter

Margaret Schlachter is Founder of DirtinYourSkirt.com. She has been part of the OCR Community since 2010. When not working on the next article she can be found running from race-to-race. She is Editor-in-Chief of MudRunGuide.com. She authored the book Obstacle Race Training.
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