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Time for Some Naked Runs

So it’s my 8th week back to running since my toe surgery on March 1st and recovery continues to be slower than I’d like (of course what I’d like is a nice 10 mile run, so it’s all relative).  Today I ran a full mile for the first time.  Which is to say that I ran/walked four miles of 00:15/00:45 intervals, so by the time I was done, I had covered four miles, and run one of them.  Even I can do that math.

I realized while I was out today that I’m spending way too much time looking at my Garmin and stressing about how slow I’m going.  I play little games with the watch, as in “Gee, Mile 1 was 14:40, wonder if I can make mile 2 14:30″… and so on.   And I realized that I’m totally in my head, not enjoying being out there, and treating these runs like an unpleasant chore rather than enjoying getting back to it.  I use my watch to track my distance, but inevitably when I look down it, it’s the damn lap pace that taunts me — reminding me how unbelievably slow I’m going.  So during my run today I decided to leave the watch at home next time and run naked (without it).  This is completely new concept for me… I’ve always had my trusty Garmin, and before that, my trusty Polar.  But here’s what I realized that helped me make the decision.

1. I know where the quarter-mile point is where I usually end my warm up and start running.  I know approximately where the 1, 1.5, and 2 mile points are from my house, where I turn around for 2, 3, and 4 mile runs.  I don’t really need my watch to tell me this and if I’m a few tenths off, does it really matter?

2. I’m working on increasing the distance that I’m running.  My next step is to switch to 00:20/00:40 intervals and then work my way through 2, 3, and 4 mile runs. It really doesn’t matter how fast I’m going.

3. Whatever my speed is right now, it’s much more about how fast I’m walking and not how fast I’m running, since I’m still walking the majority of the time that I’m out there.

Of course, I won’t be completely naked (gadget free) since I’ll still have my interval timer and my music, but I’m actually looking forward to see what it’s like to run without the Garmin and free myself from the pressures of time.

Happy running!



10 Indispensable Winter Running Things

One of the truly great things about running is that there is so little stuff that you actually NEED to run.  And at the same time, there’s an endless list of things that you could have.  Which is why runners find themselves inexplicably drawn to good running stores and race expos.

I get asked all the time about winter running gear, so here are the ten things that I’ve accumulated over the years that are most indispensable to my running habit — especially in winter.

Techy things:

1. Music player – I use my Ipod or my Android phone with the Doubletwist music player app and Sennheiser sport headphones.  I have a Zen Mosaic music player for the times when I must have music and can’t use headphones.  I’ve tried external running speakers and found them useless — not enough volume to compete with road noise.

2. Garmin 305 GPS – Someday I’ll upgrade, but this one is just fine!

3. Gymboss – For interval runs.  Perhaps the best $20 I ever spent.


4. High visibility shirt  – My flaming yellow Brooks pullover half zip shirt is a great third layer in the winter that provides for maximum visibility on snowy days or on early morning/late afternoon runs.

5. Nike shirt – A dri-fit thin long-sleeve half zip pullover is my second layer of choice anytime I need more than a T-shirt.


6. Reflector/Blinky  – Mine attaches to the front of my half zip shirts.

7. SPI-Belt – Just the basic version hold my phone and/or some Gu for long runs.

8. Glove/Mittens  – EMS brand fingerless fleece gloves with mitten covers are perfect for cold mornings and may be my all time favorite running gloves.  The mitten covers have a piece of velcro to keep them from flapping when you run. http://www.ems.com/product/index.jsp?productId=12323123&cp=3677351.4461670.4471973.12257714

9. Earband – My ears are sensitive, so a medium weight earband is essential anytime it’s below about 45 or windy.

10. Balaclava – A thin fleece neck gaiter can be pulled up over nose and mouth on the coldest mornings.

What’s your essential winter running gear?