This morning was the absolute perfect morning for a run. The sun was shinning the trail was quiet and it wasn’t too hot!
The more I have run over the years the more dependent on electronic devices I have become. A GPS that tells me how far I’ve run. A heart rate monitor to tell me how many calories I’ve burned. A training coach to let me know how off my target pace I am. With all of these “needed” distractions while running, I think I’ve been missing the best part about running. The freedom of it.
Running for me is the one time I can be alone with my thoughts. I don’t have my kids crawling all over me, crying to me, or begging for things. I’m not trying to balance the craziness of being a mom, wife, and, a bazzillion other commitments. It’s the one time during the day when the time is MINE and MINE alone. I know this might sound selfish but I think I deserve to be selfish once in a while.
I always run with my iphone but lately getting beeps about e-mails, text messages and phone calls from my husband wondering how long till I’m back, have been ruining what used to be a great release for me.
This morning I left all my gadgets behind. No music, no GPS, no heart rate monitor and no trainer. It was one of the best runs I have had in months. I had a chance to think while I ran, I could hear my breath. I rather enjoyed the sound of my feet hitting the trail and nature all around me. I said hello to people and for the first time in a long time I could hear what they said back.
All this time I thought the electronic were helping me run faster and get in a better workout. Really I think they were all distractions from why I love running in the first place. I don’t run to time myself, and have yet another thing to measure and track. I run for me, for my mind, my body and my spirit. I run so that if there is a zombie apocalypse I can live, just kidding. I run to give myself a break, a much-needed me place and time.
I think for the month of June I’m going to challenge myself to run without all the gadgets and get all natural on running. I’m going to call it running au natural….. pronounced super French like. 😉
Breakfast after my amazing run was a summer time favorite.
Chobani, granola & fruit:
The day has been filled with adventures including returning $68 worth of bottles and cans! Sweet baby I can actually see my porch again. It’s the one task I will put off until I have no choice but to go. Today was the day. On the bright side I’m $68 richer!
Question of the day, when it comes to running do you like electronic gadgets or not?