That’s right, loyal readers, I ran last night’s fun run naked. Not without my clothes, but without any technology at all. This was a big step for me. As I’ve gotten more serious about my training, I’ve become more and more dependent on my gadgets. I always wear my Garmin, panic if I forget my heart rate monitor strap, and rarely leave the house without my hand held bottle with beans and tissues on board. But, yesterday’s weather was unseasonable and gorgeous, so I decided to run a Fleet Feet West Hartford fun run event – the Groundhog Day Run and run it without any gadgets.
It was a wonderful night for February – 55 degrees and clear. It was humid, but an overall nice night. I asked my local running friend to join me and we set off for West Hartford. There wasn’t much traffic so we got there a bit early – just in time to browse a bit. I found a pair of ViziPro pink Saucony Ulti Mitts (which you know I love) on clearance that I just had to buy. Local friend found a small hand held water bottle. Shopping done, we lined up with the group for the fun run. The premise of the run was that we would run a .56 mile loop over and over, collecting one playing card for each loop. The best poker hand would win a fabulous prize. I have no idea how to play poker, but I liked the idea and figured someone would tell me if I won.
We ran around the block a few times chatting with friends and the miles just flew by. I didn’t mind not having my Garmin and my heart rate monitor. I liked the freedom of not having a pace to check or mileage to confirm. We just ran. The warm weather made it even more enjoyable. I ran in cropped tights and a long sleeve shirt. No jacket, no hat, no mittens, no layers. It was so freeing. I know I cheated a bit since I do know how far I ran based on how many loops we did, but I liked not knowing the exact distance. I didn’t have the little voice in my head saying “hmmm 2.87, maybe I should run .13 more and make it even” or “I should be running faster”. I loved the feeling of running with friends for the simple joy of running on a beautiful night.
It turns out I did win a prize. I am now the proud owner of the Nike Superfly Hat. This hat is super cool. I tried to take a picture for you, but it turns out that it looks like an orb of light in pictures. So, you’ll have to settle for this one:
The whole entire hat is made of reflective material for visibility. The whole hat. It’s so bright I can hardly look at it in the light. I love it. I can’t wait to try it on a run.
Thanks, Fleet Feet, for another great run. And thanks, running friends, for making my first naked run in months a great one. There’s something truly special and uncomplicated about running with friends for the joy of running.