Today I ran naked. No, I wasn’t in my birthday suit but I did leave my GPS and distance tracker at home. This is a rarity for me since I’m one of those people addicted to knowing their distance and pace for every run. But today I decided to let go a bit, so I got dressed and headed out the door without anything. I’ll admit, out of habit I reached down to my wrist to press my GPS watch on, but alas there was no watch to be found! I don’t know how far I ran today and thats okay–I had FUN! Just get out there and remind yourself why you love to run in its purest form. Before GPS watches people just ran, and its so nice to go back to that once in a while.
As runners, most of us are consumed with our performance and every detail of our run: splits, speed, pace, distance, heart rate. But in that mess of numbers its so easy to forget that what we are really doing is putting one foot in front of the other and letting ourselves be free. For me, running is a time to let everything go and clear my mind. But sometimes its easy to be distracted by the numbers and never allow ourselves to fully detach. So please–run “naked” every now and then and just enjoy the wind at your back, sun in your face, and the way running makes you feel.
I’ve also been doing some treadmill runs this winter because of those -17 degree days. I like winter running but when we get into the negatives thats even too much for me. So the treadmill has been a lifesaver this winter, although I don’t really love it at all! Can’t wait till I can bring all my runs back outside.
Since I was on a runner’s high from my naked run, I was inspired to sign up for some spring races. I’ve been meaning to do this but haven’t remembered to do it. I am planning to do the NYRR 9+1 program again for guaranteed entry into the 2016 NYC Marathon, so I need to get in my races for the year. And running in April and May is my absolute favorite!
So far I’ve signed up for three races: Scotland Run 10K, Run As One 4 mile, and the Brooklyn Half Marathon. I haven’t decided if I’ll sign up for more but I feel like this is a good start, and a nice dent in the 9+1. I’m really looking forward to spring running after this cold and snowy winter.. I’m counting down the days until the Scotland Run!!
In random news, Karl and I made some delicious 75 day dry-aged steaks for Valentine’s Day from our local Brooklyn butcher. They were super thick and so delicious–we have the best butcher ever! And of course a bottle of wine to top off the night. It was a really nice and low key Valentine’s Day for us.
Other random things:
-I was off this week for President’s Week. A week off was glorious!
-I saw ‘The Imitation Game‘ and I love Benedict Cumberbatch even more than I did before. Amazing movie.
-Murphy met all his grandparents this week (my parents and Karl’s parents)!
-I made Murphy homemade dog biscuits today and he loved them! Only 4 ingredients–super healthy!
-Had the most delicious macaroon yesterday from Laduree. Yum!
-I am having a very hard time finishing the fourth Game of Thrones book. Its not my favorite, you could say.
-I’m ready for spring.
And just because it wouldn’t be a post without it, here’s some random Murphy (my Cockapoo puppy) photos for your enjoyment:
Do you have an upcoming races?
Do you like winter running? How do you handle really cold days?