Isn't technology great? My wrist tells me all of these things, like how fast my heart goes, and how far my feet carry me, and how badly I limp to my left when I jog for some reason that I can't seem to figure out because it doesn't offer solutions just "information".... It tells me ALL THE THINGS!

But that begs the question, when my watch isn't recording, does my workout still count?

Seems like a simple question, doesn't it. I don't think it's actually so simple.

I've been reading lately about "junk miles". People (nay "experts") talk a lot about avoiding junk miles. "Don't just go run, run with purpose" they say. They say it so much that it starts to sound like "if you can't train with a perfect plan, you'd best stay on the couch".

So here I find myself travelling again. Without the benefit of a "plan" and in fact without my watch, or my heart rate monitor, or any of the other "science" of training.

But I have my running shoes.

And it would seem like I could just go run.

And my legs want to run, but my brain pauses and says to me "why bother, it doesn't count without your watch, they're just junk miles".

But you know what?  That's stupid, brain.  If I can run 10k that's 10k more that I did before.  How can that not benefit my training?

Now how will I know how far I've run? Who knows! I don't have a watch! But I'll know that every step is one more step towards greatness.  My body doesn't know what my watch tells it.  And it certainly doesn't care.  Don't let your brain or the "experts" deter you from what counts, moving your body someway, somehow, whenever you can.

So does it count? Absolutely!  After all, your watch doesn't carry you through the finish line...

ps.  For the record I didn't run 10k, I did push ups in my hotel room.  How many push ups?  Couldn't tell you, I don't have my watch.