As I headed out for a 40 minute training run shortly after 7 AM this morning I was focused on my posture and form and felt very comfortable as I made the eastbound turn out of our neighborhood behind the shops fronting on Clark Rd. Not long after I crossed Sawyer Rd. I took a look at my watch and there were a bunch of zeros looking back at me. Oh S***, I forgot to start my watch.
My first thought was, OMG, is this what being a senior citizen is going to be like?.....My second thought was, OK, maybe I will just enjoy the run and not worry about all the stats. I just kept going and completed the 40 +/- minute course that I have ran a few times recently. I did concentrate on relaxing and did enjoy the run even though I caught myself glancing at my watch a couple more times out of habit. (still zeros)
I know there is something to be said for leaving the watch at home and just enjoying the run but I have to admit I have enjoyed some of the gadgets that are now available but were unheard off when I was running 30 +/- years ago. I especially like the maps the GPS watch gives me with the little red line depicting the route I ran and indicating the calories I burned. That is when I remember to turn the watch on.
As I was winding my way around Wilshire Circle nearing the end of the run I started contemplating the Belgium waffle from Dutch Valley that was waiting for me. We had just recently figured out that they have a gluten free menu and were planning on breakfast there prior to my haircut. I made the final turn and the finish line (my mailbox) came into view. When I got to the mailbox, I stopped my watch and slowed to a walk......
Then it dawned on me that I hadn't stopped my watch because it had never been started. I had actually started my watch at the end of my run. Now I thought, I guess this IS what being a senior citizen is going to be like.