This morning I slept in a bit (til about 7:15, yes in my world during the work week that is considered sleeping in) and tried to convince myself to skip my run and just do it this evening. Then I looked at the weather forecast for the day and decided not to run in 90 degree temps. Yeah, smart move.
I was out the door at about 7:30 for my usual 6 mile loop around the ‘hood. Plenty of cloud cover and breeze to go around.
I actually did this run ‘naked’ – yes sans the Garmin/Map My Run which was really nice. Get your mind outta the gutter, I didn’t mean that kind of naked. Although in this heat and humidity, actually running with no clothes on doesn’t sound half bad. Just sayin’. Anyway, I think we runners tend to get so caught up in the data, analyzing every mile split, pace etc. and need to take things back to the basics every once in a while. It was nice to do it for this little recovery run just to shake the legs out from my long run.
So if you are one of those type A runners (like me) who is always overanalyzing EVERY flippin’ run, I encourage you to try a naked run every now and again. The last mile I turned my music off and just enjoyed the breeze, listened to my feet hit the pavement, and said some prayers for the day. Just me, God, and my running shoes.
A little something to marinate on for today.
Would you prefer to run with music or without? Do you ever run ‘naked’?
What do you love the most about running?