This morning was one of those gorgeous June mornings with a bright blue sky, temperatures in the 60’s and no humidity. With such perfect running conditions I knew I needed to get out and take advantage of the day. I laced up, grabbed my Garmin and iPod and headed out the door. As I stood on the front step waiting for the Garmin to locate satellites I paused to look around at the beautiful day. Having second thoughts, I threw my devices back in the house and headed out.
Without my Garmin beeping incessantly and the music blaring, I re-discovered why I fell in love with running. It was wonderful being out on the road, enjoying the beautiful day. For the first time in ages I ran based on how I felt, not based on what a watch was telling me to do. I listened to my body, not the beat of the music. Dare I say it, running was fun again.
Us runners tend to be a bit neurotic about numbers: How far does my plan say I must run today? What does my race pace dictate the pace of this run to be? How does that allusive PR push me to ignore what my body is telling me? It is easy to get caught up in the details of training and racing and forget to take the time to enjoy running.
This morning reminded me why I run. I run to take advantage of the day. I run to explore the world around me. I run to have fun. Today I made the resolve to not forget why I started running. To unplug and just run.
How often do you unplug and just run?