August 9, 2013

Not your average run

The other night started like any other...oh wait, not at all.  It was a unique August evening.  I was home from work a bit earlier than normal and it was a breezy 68 degrees.  I was downright chilly when I walked out of work and immediately made the decision to run outside, going against the grain of my normal summer routine, which typically dictated a treadmill run after work to avoid the brutal heat.

So there was that and then when I got dressed, I realized my Garmin screen was blank.   I tried a few techniques for getting that puppy to turn on and no dice.  Time was ticking away and I was anxious to hit the pavement so I told myself I would run "naked", aka sans mileage and pace tracking device.

It was nice to bee-bop out the front door and not loiter around waiting for a silly satellite connection.  Instead, I jogged down the driveway and into the road, immediately noticing that my left wrist felt "light."  The strange thing was that I felt lighter too.  I was much more relaxed, mentally speaking as I couldn't monitor my pace like I normally do every nanosecond (ok, not quite but sometimes it seems like it).  I made more mental notes about my surroundings and cleared my head.  I did wonder how long or fast I was running but I tried to tune out those voices.  I ran the speed and distance that felt good...how refreshing!

Have you ever run "naked"?  Did you enjoy it?
{Christine}

13 comments:

  1. It's the Best! No Pressure, feel free, just going for it! I do it once every other week, it's refreshing :-)

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    1. You are right Dink. A completely fun run!

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  2. Wow, 68 degrees must have felt amazing. I haven't ran 'naked' since last Christmas when I got my Garmin lol! I really should every once in awhile though :)

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    1. Yes, the cooler temperature was awesome Lauren!

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  3. I cannot believe...68 degrees and chilly in August?! Can you please send some my way? Hah!
    Great job on your "naked" run! You did great!

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    1. Thanks Karen. Sadly it is back up to 95 degrees today!

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  4. Oh I can't even imagine 68 degrees right now! Sounds heavenly! Congrats on a great naked run! ;-)

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    1. Thanks Mindy, I may try more "naked" runs in the future!

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  5. My Garmin has been doing the blank screen thing occasionally too! Have you been able to fix it or was it just not charged? I'm getting worried mine is going to die soon even though it's only like a year and a half old...

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    1. I wonder if it is that model. My mom's Garmin is over two years old and going strong.

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    2. I have the 405cx, I need to do some research on the Garmin site and see if I can figure out what is wrong with it.

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  6. I think I would have to wear a sweater if it were 68 degrees. :-)

    Glad you had a nice run without the watch...I'm pretty focused on increasing my distance now (six weeks into my marathon training), and I think I'd have a really tough time running "naked" right now...if my Garmin blanked out, I'd have to go with a phone app (i.e. RunKeeper) at this point.

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    1. I did not think of using my phone but may do that if I continue having trouble with my Garmin!

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