Aoife is one of our running coaches at Forget the Gym, she started running in 2008 and has been hooked ever since. Only recently however has she taken a chance by leaving her watch at home and replacing it with a Chirunning metronome. Here she explains why.
Dear Garmin, I love you, but….
For years I have loved running, correction I have loved the post run feeling. I can scarcely remember a time when going for a run was just that. It was always in training for something, to get faster, to go further, to be better than my last run. For a while that worked as I was always improving. Then a few things in my life changed and running could no longer be my number one focus. Also I needed my runs to be less pressured and more about fun and escapism. The first thing I always did when my watch beeped on a run was check my time, and my pace and my distance, and then when I got home I uploaded my run to Garmin and analysed it. I needed to reduce my dependency on my watch and times and paces.
Introducing the Metronome
A good friend (some know her as Mary) had been preaching of the benefits of metronome running for some time and I never got around to it. So one day she handed me one and told me to ignore my watch and just run to the beat. If I’m honest I was sceptical, how would I know how far I had run, how fast I was going and more importantly if I got a PB. So off I set, initially it was different listening to the constant beep. Then I forgot I was even running. I was so relaxed all of a sudden 30 minutes had passed and I could have continued forever (at least in my head I could). From that day I was hooked.
My new race partner
The next challenge was a race with my new partner, the metronome. Fingal 10k in swords Sunday 19th July. Everything about the race and the day before was different, I didn’t have pre race nerves, I didn’t have the jitters I usually have. I was worried I would get carried away with the crowd but much to my surprise I stuck with my beat and enjoyed the race more than I have ever enjoyed a run before. As the km’s ticked by I was comfortably overtaking people and even coming across people I knew I was able to have a brief chat to them before heading on my way. All of a sudden we hit 5k. How that happened I have no idea, I was still so relaxed. So on I continued, I knew the 2nd half of this route was tougher than the 1st so not celebrating just yet. 6, 7, 8 k still going strong and my pace was quickening without any effort. How was this possible? This is the magic of relaxed running. I completed the race in a great time and probably would have been slower had I set off at a ridiculous pace with pressure for time and PB’s that were unachievable for me.
The next challenge was the Rock and Roll Half Marathon. I was running this with my Husband and I reminded him for several days beforehand that the finish line time did not matter. I was going to get around the course comfortable and really enjoy the race atmosphere. I started quite close to the back of the pack around the start line to reduce the pressure even more and I knew alot of people running this one.As the miles went by on I continued to enjoy the run. I was coming across people I knew and people I have coached and was able to pass along some tips along the way. It was such a great feeling to get to 11 miles and still feel comfortable. The most comfortable I have felt at 11 miles in any run I have done.
The competitive runner in me couldn’t help glancing at my watch and my pace every now and again but it didn’t make my run any different. As I got closer to the end I realised I was going to finish in a great time. I had a great run, a brilliant strong finish and because my run was so relaxed I had built up so little tension in my body, I barely felt it the following day.
Thank you Mary and thank you to my new bestie, My metronome.
Find out more about Chirunning and how it can help your running.
Next Chirunning and Metronome Class St Annes Park October 10th at 11am. Find out more
Buy your metronome from ForgetTheGym, send Mary an email to order.