To Garmin, or NOT to Garmin… that is the question

This Sunday marks the start of the Spring racing season for me and I cannot tell you how excited I am. The doldrums of Winter are finally dissipating to make way for warmer weather and better outdoor conditions.

I will be racing the Gasparilla Half Marathon in Tampa under a sunny sky with temps in the low 80s. The question I have been toying with is… should I go raw and not wear my Garmin?

Last October I went without my Garmin at Grete’s Gallop and came within seconds of my Half Mary PR. Perhaps having a Garmin would have made me push harder?

I leave it to you , the readers, to help me make the decision.

Garmin or no Garmin?


  • Ed Lucke

    Hey Chris! (YOU BEAST!)
    Enjoy the weather while in Tampa….as for your ‘to G or not to G!” question, take it!
    [This coming from a completely novice / noob runner who hasn’t even run a 5K yet (YET! But soon!) ]
    I wouldn’t think having it would screw with your concentration or pace!
    As Rope would say, “What could possibly go wrong!?”
    Good luck down in FLA!!!

  • MilesMusclesMom

    wear both! Rolex and the Garmin.

  • Robin

    I say no garmin but regular watch so you will know your final time

  • Claire

    I think you should carry a sun dial.

    You’re welcome.

  • Stroller Guy

    Wear the garmin, but resist the temptation to look at it until after you finish. That way you can run by feel, but you’ll have the data to analyze later…

  • David

    I say forget the Garmin and go with the Submariner! Bling it up a little so they know how we do it in NYC.

  • Antonio

    I ran a marathon PR without wearing a watch. I check the 5K splits to see how I was doing, otherwise ran totally by feel.