That would be my stomach. Is that what it sounds like? All the time?
So I did something today that I am embarrassed to admit has taken me this long to do.
I ran without music. Yep.
11 months, 1 week and 2 days of running and today was the first day I ran without my zune either in my ears, blaring from the treadmill, from Isabella's iluv in the jogging stroller or dangling from my neck.
I've talked about what running is to me before, but it usually involved somehow shutting out part of the world. Well not today. I have been so frazzled-busy with to-do lists and ITB issues and family time and Advent and church time (All GOOD things!) but a lot of good things, so that rather than just drown it all out with music....I just wanted to move forward and be today.
I know I need my runs. And I know I need them for different reasons depending on the day, but I do think that I will be a better person and a better runner (ummm...I could hear my foot falls and correct them!) if I practice minimalist running from the neck up too sometimes.
I am not ready to get ride of the music player all together. But I do want to make a commitment to run naked at least 1 run a week during my training for Boston. And by naked, I mean sans the player...not ready to take off
My heart is beating faster just thinking about giving this small thing up, but I think that right there is an indicator that it needs to be done. I'm also going to need some accountability. I am thinking that along with my training plan (one of my to-do list items...argh!) that I plan on posting and keeping track of here, I am going to hold my self to day without a player. Who knows, it might become my norm.
Oh don't get ahead of yourself there, Christy.
How do you non-music runners do it? What keeps you tuned in or tuned out during your runs? Or if you run with music, could you give it up for a run?