A whole lot of rain.
The past 2 days, we’ve gotten buckets of rain and some lovely thunderstorms (that have sent my poor dog into a perpetually panicked state). I don’t mind running in the rain; in fact, I like it, but I can’t do it with Zain in the stroller. Yesterday, I had planned to hit the treadmill for my 5 mile run, but unfortunately I couldn’t because we had someone here to do some painting during Zain’s nap which would have been my treadmill time. Alas, no run for me yesterday.
This morning, it was pouring when I woke up, but I couldn’t let that stop me from running. Zain stayed with hubby and I headed out to get soaked. I didn’t want to risk messing up my Garmin so I left it at home. I’m used to running without music when Zain is with me, but I like to have it when I run alone. Again, because of the rain, I thought it would be best to leave my iPod at home too.
I mapped my run out ahead of time on MapMyRun because without my Garmin, I have no clue how far I’ve gone. I seem to always do a little something different for my runs so I don’t necessarily have a usual route to follow and know my mileage.
I felt so weird without any distractions during my run. I kept wanting to glance down at my watch, but obviously it wasn’t there. I couldn’t keep track of my pace and know if I was going too fast or too slow. I just had to adjust my pace based on how I felt – what a novel idea!
I felt kind of like a crazy person running in the rain and splashing through puddles. My ponytail seemed to triple in size as my hair got soaked and frizzy. I’m sure I was quite the sight to the rush hour traffic that passed me.
Running watchless was difficult for me, but I think it was also a good thing – something I should incorporate into my regular routine. It felt good to just run with nothing else attached to me or dictating my speed and distance. Give it a try sometime!
Do you ever run without a watch or music? Do you like it or do you prefer having your running gear to keep you going?