Today was too beautiful to spend my workout in the gym’s dark cycling room. So I decided to go on a run for the first time in like 6 weeks (which is really embarrassing actually). I fueled up with sweet potato oatmeal topped with Greek yogurt and chia seeds.
And then got outside! I decided to add another mile to my normal three mile loop, so I would have more time to enjoy the weather.
I am a pretty minimalist runner (if you can call someone whose last run was almost 2 months ago a runner). I prefer to run without my iPod, water, or even watch. Since I am not training for an event or trying to get my time down, being completely unencumbered allows me to fully enjoy the movement and my surroundings. One thing that I do have to bring with me on every run is my house key. My friend Anika taught me this neat idea for storing your key while on a run.
I use this method to store my key if I am not wearing one of my running shorts that have a key pocket already built in.
I never thought I would say this, but running is my time for mediation of sorts. For so much of my life I am listening, watching or just surrounded by noise and images. On my runs I just listen to my feet hitting the pavement and my breath. It helps that I generally have a random song stuck in my head that I will sing to myself for parts of the run (today was “Drive By” by Train). I am lucky to live near such a naturally gorgeous campus that I can enjoy the scenery passing by without getting bored.
I love being outside and enjoying some time sans technology.
and my key.
Ok, enough being sappy 🙂
Lunch included a delicious wrap, with my favorite hummus, chopped red pepper, cucumber, and chicken.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!
Do you have any exciting plans?