I had my first awesome run today since my injury. I didn't feel that my stride was hampered at all for a change, and I was able to relax into the run and just go. I had five miles of running with no pain (and no Advil), and I have no idea how long it took me.
That is right, I run naked.
I don't wear a watch, heart rate monitor, Garmin GPS, or iPod. And yes, I know exactly what I am missing, except that honestly I just don't miss it at all.
Now before I go too far on this, I do sometimes wear a watch. Once in a while I even remember to reset the chrono to zero before I run and get an idea of my pace. If I am lucky, I even remember to stop it when I am done. One time I forgot to stop it until my run the next day.
I really do 100% understand the benefits of a heart rate monitor, you don't have to sell me on it. I am sold - I even bought one. It is collecting dust in my closet as we speak. I just would always step out the door and be halfway down the street before I remembered to put the thing on.
You rarely see a runner these days without ear buds. I am the exception to that rule. I have an iPod that I even figured out how to put music onto. I ran with it some this winter, when I could remember to bring it. I found I kept turning it off because it was interrupting my thoughts (I like those voices in my head I guess. All of them). After a while I quit taking it along and it is now collecting dust next to the heart rate monitor.
So basically I have about $300 or so worth of equipment sitting in my closet going unused. I was pretty sure I had to have that stuff too.
It is completely different for me on the bike - I want all the details. I want that computer with a GPS, I want to know how far I have gone and how long it has taken me, what my cadence is, even my power output would be cool to know.
I love the simplicity of running - just tying up my shoes and stepping out the door is liberating. I don't need a helmet, goggles, bike shoes, wetsuit...Just me and my sneakers. I have talked about this before, my need to just get out the door when it is time to run, skipping the gadgets that enhance your performance and improve your experience. I guess I haven't come into the 21st century yet.
And don't forget!
The Apple Pie Jam giveaway ends tonight! I am drawing the names sometime tomorrow morning, so really you have until I wake up tomorrow am before I ride my bike. Make sure you enter, you don't want to miss out on this awesome stuff. Really really, you just don't! (Thank you Anne Marie for the reminder to add a button for the giveaway to my page!)