I lost my headphones in the move from Ohio to Florida.
I can’t even figure out where they could have gone and because I’m
cheap frugal, I’ve decided not to buy a new pair.
It’s really changed my running.
I am so much more aware of what is going on around me- my breathing, how loud one of the roads that I run on is (cars, cars, and more cars), how my feet hit the ground, sweat dripping down my face- all of it.
I love running with music. I always thought that since I began running reluctantly that the soundtrack was what was going to help push me to the finish. That’s not true.
What’s pushing me to the finish… is me.
I do a lot of self-talk to get myself through a run and I get to think about… nothing. I am so amazed by how blank my brain is when I’m running now without music. When something DOES pop in- I am able to push it out of my mind easily.
I. LOVE. IT.
Why haven’t you guys told me the awesomeness of running without music before now.
It’s almost like it’s just me and the outdoors. It’s eerily quiet. I don’t look at my phone as much to check on my pace or how far I’ve gone or what interval I’m on (which I usually do at an obsessive rate)…
I just go.
I’m not saying that you should “drop the beat,” but I will say that avid lovers of running to music should give it a try.
I think I enjoy my runs more now than I did before. I’m able to run with a clear mind and focus on me for about an hour (which, of course, does wonders for my depression) and I’m lovin’ it.