Happy Wednesday, friends!
How about a little running talk today?
I’ve been known to run with my clip on i-pod, my phone, a belt with a water bottle and my giant GPS watch. I’ve always had a training plan and a goal race. It seemed like I kept adding more and more things to my running repertoire. It took forever to get ALL THE THINGS ready to go for a run and I even felt like I could not run without them.
I needed a running detox.
I’ve allauded to this a few times on Running in a Skirt in the past few months, but earlier this summer I decided to make a temporary change in my running. I took a few months to run without training for a race and without all of those things that were really weighing me down.
I wanted to take the sport back to the basics and fall in love with it all over again.
I ran without my GPS watch to obsess over.
I ran without music to distract me.
I ran according to how my body felt and not according to a training plan that may have pushed me too much or not enough for the day.
I ran routinely, but without a plan.
My running detox felt absolutely fabulous. After pushing my body through the spring to hit my 5K PR of 26:58 it felt good to take a break from constantly looking at my splits and times. It also was so nice to run without music. I thought I would be bored, but it gave me more time to take in my surroundings and think.
After leaving all my things behind for several months, I believe a running detox is good for your soul. It can make you fall in love with the sport all over again.
Now that fall is officially here and cooler weather is settling in, I finally took out my GPS watch again. I actually got excited about putting it on for a change instead of worrying about it.
I’ve learned that it is important to mix up my running. Sometimes I’ll run with electronics and sometimes I’ll leave it behind. Above all, it is nice to know that when I just want to run, as long as I have my shoes, I can go!
No GPS watch required.
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Also, thank you to everyone who wrote nice notes about my sweet Reina yesterday. She is still limping, so it is not looking good but I know your prayers will help. I'll keep you posted on her progress.
What do you run with?
Have you ever done a "running detox?"