Was that intentional, or did you just forget? I think I become overreliant on my GPS for pacing at times, so it's interesting to see that you ran a very well-paced race without one at all!
Accidental, but like you say, probably a useful exercise. Given the conditions it was probably an advantage. With a watch the temptation would definitely have been to push too hard into the wind to keep the pace up.
Some interesting chat on marathon talk last week about whether going watch less is better for specific distances. I could believe over say 5k and shorter you don't need one - just nail it (up to a point). But for a marathon maybe the need to hold back means you're better off with one. 10 miles falls between but I can't say I found it much of a disadvantage.
Yes I definitely think (at least for me) that it's absolutely necessary to get the pacing right for longer races, and I also find it incredibly helpful for all training runs - to avoid going faster than I mean to, more than anything. But at times I think it can be a hindrance - I have a tendency to look at it far too often when I should just be concentrating on the running.
it's the obvious comment, but back when we were all youngsters there were no GPS watches, and everyone did just fine.
I was as much a slave to my watch as anyone during my two london marathons, but I ran the Breakfast Run without a garmin (it froze) in 2012 and was just fine. I would also purposefully not look at my watch during parkruns, just try and run to feel. good practise.
nice work on the PB by the way Tom, very impressed!