A spring Tuesday morning, its 10:00am, the sun is shining and this day was simply made for running.
I’m waiting for my client Stuart to gather himself before our 10km run geared to help him train for his first half marathon. Finally he appears to have everything…. Â water, watch, iPhone, door keys, headphones ! (I guess my conversation isn’t as stimulating as I’d like to think)â€¦. He then reassures me that it’s just so he can listen to the distance and that he can hear me just fine. So we head off and start a slow plod towards one of the beautiful parks in Paris when he stops dead in his tracks and tells me he has to run home as he has forgotten his heart rate monitor “I can’t run without it Marcus, I want to analyse the stats”. I look at my watch and see that we are almost 13 minutes into his session. I say to him no problem, but next weekâ€™s session will be based on the concept of running naked.
I don’t expect Stuart to open the door to me next Tuesday morning with his meat and two veg swinging in my face, ooooh no, I’m not that kind of trainer. What I am looking for though is for Stuart to leave every running accessory at home and to just show up with the clothes on his back. That’s right no phone, no iPod, no headphones, no heart rate monitor and no watch…. In fact nothing! Ok, ok, you can bring your door keys but I don’t want to hear them jingle. Come out in your t-shirt, shorts, socks and running shoes and leave everything else behind. Learn how to run without having to rely on these accessories, learn how to think for yourself, learn how to listen to your own body and understand how you feel and not rely on a piece of electrical equipment to tell you how you’re feeling….. Learn how to run naked!
There have been countless times that I’ve run a race and my Garmin watch has gone blank because I’ve not charged it up enough. If this happens I have 2 choices, 1. Panic and ruin the entire race or 2. Stay calm, focus, listen to my body and keep moving forward.
All these electrical running accessories have a place and are very useful when used correctly but sometimes it’s great to leave all that technology in the house and embrace the freedom of running. Most of us run to unwind but I often see people turn a simple run into a complicated nightmare. So the next time you have to waste half of your running time to charge up your iPod, consider leaving it all at home and run naked.
Do you ever feel like you have just too much stuff to get out the door?