Running Detox

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.

Your turn!
What do you run with?

Have you ever done a “running detox?”

By | 2017-08-15T14:04:22-04:00 October 8th, 2014|Fitness, Motivation/ Inspiration, Newbie Running, Running|19 Comments


  1. […] my twin pregnancy, but it often wasn’t easy.  I did have to cut back and started running without a watch so I didn’t push myself too much.  I ran without times and without goals…  just for […]

  2. […] of running.  Unless you are already signed up for a race with a time goal, let it go and go on a running detox.  Run without your GPS or your music.  Concentrating on your leg turnover, form and breath.  […]

  3. […] also think it is very encouraging that I didn’t loose all of my speed by taking my running detox.  I was running much faster when I set my 5K PR, but I know I can get back there if I want.  I ran […]

  4. Tracy October 9, 2014 at 10:06 pm - Reply

    I recently found myself in desperate need of a running detox. I’ve been training my little heart out for way longer than is probably healthy! I don’t think I’ll ever go quite so fas as to leave all my electronics at home, but backing down from a full to half marathon this fall is helping me get back on track.

  5. Susanna @Zealous Mom October 9, 2014 at 5:32 am - Reply

    So very true! I do run with music, but that’s it. I’m always scared I won’t be motivated enough without it, but I’ll never know until I try!

    • JulieWunder October 9, 2014 at 9:01 am - Reply

      I was shocked that I wasn’t bored out of my mind! I might feel differently if I was running really long runs though. I’ve only been doing 3-5 miles at a time.

  6. Heather @Fit N Cookies October 8, 2014 at 10:07 am - Reply

    I have taken time to do this too and it makes me fall in love with running again. It’s hard to let go of all the electronics, and the numbers telling you distance and time, but that also sometimes makes me not even want to start running. Glad you are getting your running mojo back!

    • JulieWunder October 9, 2014 at 9:03 am - Reply

      Thanks Heather. Sometimes it’s nice to let my type-a self go!

  7. Nancy October 8, 2014 at 8:57 am - Reply

    I run here in Asheville too and I’m always looking for new places to run. My standards are Fletcher Park, Mills River Park and Biltmore Park (for a more hilly run). Where do you run? And can you suggest some alternatives. I don’t usually run Bent Creek because I am by myself a lot of the time.

    • JulieWunder October 8, 2014 at 9:36 am - Reply

      Try the Carrier Park/Dog Park/French Broad river park. They all connect and you can get in 6 miles without looping. It is off Amboy road. E-mail me at [email protected] if you don’t know where that is. I also enjoy parking downtown and doing a loop through the neighborhoods north of town. There is also Jackson Park in Hendersonville if you are out that way.

  8. Dan Steadman October 8, 2014 at 7:54 am - Reply

    I don’t run with anything except a $9 stopwatch I got from Academy when and that is only when doing track work or tempo runs…otherwise it just stresses me out

    • JulieWunder October 8, 2014 at 8:41 am - Reply

      That’s amazing actually!! Do you just know how far your loops are?

      • Dan Steadman October 8, 2014 at 10:45 am - Reply

        yes, there are a couple marked race routes/tempo routes and the Rail Trail I use on my tempo/long runs. is also useful as is just driving it

  9. Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie October 8, 2014 at 7:31 am - Reply

    I’ve tried to lesson the times I bring my phone (which has my GPS and music) running with me. I basically just bring it on my long runs now to make sure I go as far as I’m supposed to : )

    • JulieWunder October 8, 2014 at 8:40 am - Reply

      Yeah, I know how far 3 and 5 miles is at a couple of places I run, but if I was training for a longer distance I would have to know.

  10. Blane Sherer October 8, 2014 at 6:21 am - Reply

    It is nice to return to a more grass roots motivation at times to be more free and enjoyable. I will continue to hold Reina and you in my thoughts.

  11. Lynn October 8, 2014 at 5:44 am - Reply

    I never took up running, but I do take brisk walks… This time of year is especially fun! I can’t say I ever took any gadgets along… But then again, the most I walked was two miles round trip… You go girl!!

    • JulieWunder October 8, 2014 at 8:39 am - Reply

      That is great Lynn! Walking is such good exercise too!

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