I have a lot of running toys.
I usually run with my phone or iPod for music, my Garmin watch for pace/heart rate/cals/cadence/etc and wear a fitbit everyday to track my steps. I love nerding out over all the data these beauties pump out on a daily basis. I love analysing my pace, distance and times to see my progress and putting together a playlist i know will get me through a tough session. My girl Naturally Leah knows what I’m talking about!
But tonight I simply laced up my shoes and ran. I listened to my breath with ease (instead of completely ignoring it) and was surprised to hear long, low, steady breathes. After a bit it felt natural to kick it up a notch. Tonight I didn’t have a Nike ‘coach’ whisper my current pace and time in my ear every kilometre. Tonight I wasn’t focused on how fast/slow I was running and mentally ranking this run against others and letting the rank dictate my mood before I was anywhere near finished. Tonight I had a clear head and just ran. Tonight I ran the fastest 5km in 3 years.