Last night once the littlest was tucked into her crib, I prepared to go out for a 6K run. On Saturday, when I came home from my long run, I was negligent in putting my Garmin watch back into the running bin. I remember the littlest and my middle playing with it on the couch (it has this little man that runs across the screen when you turn it on). They thought that was great fun.
Fast forward to last night, and I couldn't find my watch anywhere. I looked under the cushions, under the couch, in my bin (thinking maybe I was smart and DID put it away). Nope. It has disappeared. After a good twenty minutes of searching, I decided it best to run without it as it was getting late.
So I set out. It felt strange not seeing how fast I was going, or how far I had gone. And at stop lights, I would naturally reach down to stop the timer. Right, no watch.
So I ran, for about 30 minutes, maybe about 5K (I did a familiar loop), and came home. Just me, the pavement, and my music. It was a bizarre, but fun sense of freedom. I may need to add in a watch free run from time to time. But today, that watch needs to be found. It was good for a 5K, probably not so smart for my half in the next two weeks! If you were a toddler or a preschooler, where would you stash a watch?