After being sick three times in the month of December (an injury in Sept didn't help either), I found myself seriously strapped for miles to hit my year-end goal of 1500. I pulled up my big girl panties and said, "I can do this."
It wasn't the way I had envisioned ending the year. I wanted a no pressure December to rest up both physically and mentally before I began serious training for my spring marathon. (Training schedule starts next Monday!) I knew I could do the miles, but wondered if I'd be sacrificing a good start to January.
I found a way to maintain recovery AND nail the miles...
No music. No watch.
No timing of any sort.
I just ran.
42 miles of sweet freedom over the course of seven days.
So many times I hear friends say, "I've lost my running mojo. I'm just not in it lately." My advice is always the same... unplug. Honestly, it is one of the best gifts you can give yourself. Let your mind and body fall in love with the run again... without any kind of expectation for "results". Run by feel.
Every runner begs for a Garmin, but if you're not careful, it can actually ruin your run mojo. I've been a Garmin holdout for years. In fact, I just broke down and purchased a Garmin Forerunner 110 a couple months ago. Yes, I ran for nearly 4 years without a GPS watch. Believe me when I say, it is not a necessity for running. A nice training tool, yes, but one that can become as addictive as crack.
So there I stood last Wednesday at the end of my first naked run in months (Naked is a slang term meaning no gadgets). I had no idea how many miles I had just run. I didn't have a clue on my time. I stood in my driveway, staring at my wrist... looking for something to tell me it was a "good run".
In a second, I started laughing. Why do I need a watch to tell me it was a good run? My heart was pumping well, my hair matted in sweat under my hat, and I was thirsty as hell. I felt as if I could fly! Yes indeed, it was a great run. And I didn't need any time, pace or distance report to tell me that.
Right then and there, I decided to finish off 2012 with that exuberant feeling (runner's high!) at the end of every single run. Talk about a glorious finish! Not only did I hit my mileage goal, but I did it happily without burnout. As the calendar flipped to January 1st, I thought I might be in need of a break... but instead, I couldn't wait to log the year's first miles... unplugged of course.
Do you ever run without your Garmin or a timing device?
My goal this year is to run naked at least once a week... even more in recovery weeks.