I’ve had a lot on my mind the last few weeks, too much in fact. My brain has just been spinning with running running running running like an obsession. One of my running friends commented that I think too much. He said I need to just run by “feel.” Don’t focus on times. Run “naked” without gadgets. Here’s what Runner’s World has to say about it.
Maybe he’s right. Perhaps I’m overthinking and it’s disabling me from doing. I’ve become overwhelmed with details of training, obsessed with reading about running, listening to podcasts about running and dreaming of ultimate running goals. Two weeks ago I sat and stared at a blank computer screen for an hour and I couldn’t even write a blog post because I didn’t know where to start. Last week, I had my head so far in the clouds that I sat in the gym parking lot in my car for an hour and a half before going in and starting my run. What was I doing? Researching on my phone online which marathons I want to complete next year, which training plans to follow, what other big running goals would I be interested in? What would it be like to run the Dopey Challenge, back to back marathons, 50 States, ultra marathons, or even coast to coast across America?
There’s a time and place for dreams but for now I should really get my head out of the clouds and my feet firmly planted on the ground, focusing on taking one step after another, being in the moment and actually enjoying the sport I love so much. There has been too much time spent dreaming and not enough time doing.
Race day approaches…do I take the advice and ditch the Garmin on race day, run by “feel” and trust my body to dictate to me the correct pace? Who knows, I may actually enjoy the race! Or is is necessary to have to look at my wrist every 20 seconds and obsess over my pace not based on effort, but on an arbitrary number on a screen for an arbitrary time goal? I could end up running too fast or too slow for what I’m capable of doing for that day. The idea of running “naked” without the tech quite honestly scares me, which is why I should probably do it.