Running Naked is Liberating!
Let me tell you something that might surprise you.
I ran naked at Fitbloggin.
Yup, you read that right.
Without my Garmin.
(Like I’d run without clothes on! Not until the Dare 2 Bare anyway…ok who are we kidding, probably not then either.)
Anyways. Imagine a world in which the temperature is in the 60s and there is no humidity. (My Florida friends are staring off into the distance dreamily I’m sure.)
And THEN. Imagine a world in which you’re running in that temperature (with no humidity – worth adding again) and you’re running without your music, watch, Garmin, Polar, any kind of monitoring device whatsoever.
You know, naked.
And you run based solely on how you FEEL.
For me? This WAS the Fitbloggin 5K on Sunday.
Now, I normally look like a hospital patient while I’m running, I have wires and devices coming from everywhere, usually there are headphones, there is a Garmin, there is a water belt or place to hold my phone, just lots of stuff.
On this day I had a shirt Puravit gave us that said, “Be EPIC.”
Some knee-highs that say “I <3 to run” because cool socks are important. (So what if I’m lying, they don’t make socks that say “I feel warmly about running sometimes.”)
And that’s it. Except for my phone for the picture taking. (So maybe not totally naked. Perhaps the technological equivalent of a fig leaf.)
I started out sort of in the middle.
Some people passed me but I didn’t care.
I took some pictures while running that came out terrible. (I’m just passing the time before my contract can allow me an iPhone.)
Oh how I wish you could see the actual beauty of the beautiful water I ran along.
I took a picture of some dogs who I am sure were wishing they were running with me.
A picture of myself running along and feeling FABULOUS.
I ran into this girl who had inspired me Friday night with her Ignite speech of the comeback she made after nearly losing her life in a car accident. And how after something big, you can’t compare yourself to other people or even the self you knew before.
And we ran along at the same pace. For a while. Then she moved ahead and I stayed at her heels. I was drafting.
I had no goals about time. No goals about pace.
I just went with how I felt and I felt strong.
I had no idea how far we in we were, how much further there was to go, I was just running. I escaped, even, and felt transported, a feeling I hadn’t felt in a good long while. When I “came to” I recognized and cheered inside about how I felt that way. I actually did love running this day. (My socks weren’t lying after all!)
The end was near and I rounded the corner, made a short sprint toward the end and nearly cried. Just over 30 minutes, at a 10:47 mph clip. Faster than I’ve run in months and a sure sign that the nerve is waking up. HURRAH! So that’s my Wednesday Workout report. No weight loss (last week was my birthday week and I went restaurant hopping.) Thank goodness for Fitbloggin workouts which included so many squats I felt the need to write them a letter.
Anyhoo. It’s on now. My comeback is happening. I’m feeling it right now.
Thank you, dear God.
It’s about time.
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