Thank you so much for all of your kind words and for sharing your thoughts with me during yoga teacher training. I tried to share my thoughts and feelings as openly and honestly as possible and I think many of you appreciated it. If the next 6 months are anything like the 9 days I’ve already experienced it will be simply incredibly. If you missed those posts you can catch up on my yoga teacher training experience here:
Today let’s give running some love here, after all the name of this blog is LiveRunLoveYoga! Monday night I came home from work, changed and laced up my sneakers. I hadn’t run in 12 days so the plan was to head out for an easy 3 miles. I went to grab my Garmin and it was dead. Not even low battery, just straight up dead but I guess that’s what happens when 12 days goes by and you don’t look at it once. I considered grabbing my other watch to just get the time but then I thought “you could run naked…” and was reminded of the peace I feel when running and decided to make it more meditative.
I have to admit, my naked wrist felt empty. It was weird to just start running, no starting my watching or making sure I had a signal. Just running. I settled in to my pace and focused on an easy run. I listened to the bird’s chirp, soaked in the late summer sun, relaxed to the sound of my feet against the pavement. I didn’t care how fast (or slow) I was going, I just ran at a pace that was comfortable. It was FREEING.
At one point I had to stop to tie my shoes again. Instinctively I reached for my wrist to stop the watch before realizing it wasn’t there. I noticed that I took my time tying my shoes and adjusting my tank and started running again on my own terms.
I kept running, taking in the scenery and listening to my body. I hit a hill in the last mile and felt my pace slow, normally I’d look at my Garmin and push the pace but on this day I just relaxed and let my legs work.
When I approached our house I felt my pace slow and I naturally came to a stop. Normally I push it all the way to the end, willing myself to run harder or faster to meet some time or distance I set for the day. I have to say, I prefer just naturally stopping.
This idea of running free and “naked” had me thinking about time. One afternoon in yoga teacher training David (our instructor) asked what time it was. Someone from the class responded and before he continued he asked the class “what is time?” Time is just a number system we developed to contain ourselves, to define our days. We allow time to dictate us and control our lives and it’s really just a number. It’s crazy right?
I realized on that run that I need more freedom in my life. Running “naked” may give me just that. No set distance, no set time, no set pace; just the freedom to run and do what I love. I think you may be seeing more “naked” runs over here in the future….