You find your favorite musical companion in your drawer - DEAD. There's no time to wait for it to charge, you've gotta get out of the house before the kids cause a mutiny or before you lose your nerve and stay home. I think my exact words might have been "Fuck it." when I realized my iPod was dead and I was going to have to go out for my run in silence. But I stormed out in a huff and hit the road anyway. After my 8k run I cam to the conclusion that I should run unplugged on a regular basis.
Why, you ask?
- Running without music allows you toe notice and appreciate your surroundings more; the smell of leaves, the sound of the birds and the farmer's fields glowing in the sunlight.
- A quiet run brings focus to your breathing and pace that might otherwise be drowned out by your favorite dance music.
- No music forces YOU to be the driving force of your run. There's no catchy tune to keep you boppin' down the road; just you, your body and your mind. After all, running is a mind game, right?
|Look Ma - no ear buds!|
Have you tried running unplugged? Love it or hate it? I think I'm going to incorporate it more into my routine. Not all the time of course....that would just be ridiculous! But at least a few times a month and hopefully I'll get a few more amazing memories.