Watches and racing. It seems like something so simple, but deciding whether to wear one, which one to wear, and what setting to put it on if you choose one with multiple settings can be a maddening process! As my husband prepped his race-day gear for his annual half marathon this weekend, he asked me what watch he should wear. We looked at the old Garmin, the new Garmin, the Timex, and considered whether he needed a watch at all. We went around and around considering all the options and he wasn’t even racing it competitively!
I know every time I race, I go through this same process. I’ve tried different things, but still don’t feel settled on what works best for me. I often feel like I need a watch, although is that even true? How does a having a watch help us race better? Might it prevent us from racing our best? Anyway, before I go down a hole, I’ll just ask you:
Do you ever race without a watch? If not, could you?
And if you race with a watch, do you go old-school with simple stopwatch or are you all about the GPS. Lastly, if you use your GPS, what display settings do you use for race day?