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Running Just For Hell of It

I’ll admit it: I am addicted to my iPhone. I don’t know how I survived all these years without it. OK, so maybe that’s a bit drastic but, you get what I’m saying. My husband likes to joke and say my son comes first, he comes second, and my iPhone is third! I laugh and tell him that Alfie, our dog, comes third but I get what he’s saying. It’s my electronic best friend! It has everything I need: it’s a phone, a mini computer of some sorts, has an iPod, and THOUSANDS of apps!

Anyways, to the point of this post. On my iPhone I have an app that measures the distance that I run and my average pace. When you’re a runner, you are always mentally competing with yourself whether you’re training for a race or not. I always keep note of how long it took me to run a mile today or how I made it to point A quicker last time. Or, I am looking at my pace or the time and tell myself “In one minute you have to sprint for five minutes straight.” Yesterday morning, I got up, got my running gear on and was out the door, completely naked. Naked of my iPhone. No music, no timer, no distance calculating, nothing. I have to say it is one of the BEST runs I have done in a LONG time! I was running just for the hell of it. I didn’t care how fast I was going or what next song was going to come on. Nothing mattered. I was able to enjoy running for what it really is. The majority of my runs allow me to clear my mind but this time it was different. I was completely free of technology. It was just me and the road. I don’t know when I will be able to do another “just for the hell of it” run as I have races coming up within the next 2 months (5k and sprint tri) but I am glad that I took the time out of my crazy running schedule and was able to reconnect with my love of the sport.

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