Today, I set off on another run. This time, though, instead of taking my phone, I grabbed my iPod and my earbuds and set off. I didn’t use the Nike+ app. I didn’t stop the music. I wasn’t interrupted with pace time or distance stats. It was just me, my music, and the road before me.
This turned into one of my best runs. I don’t know how much time it took; I wasn’t paying attention. Still, I managed to do almost 9.5 miles, and if I had been able to get my hands on some water, I think I could have gone further.
This was a different experience. I wasn’t simply motivated by the feedback from the app. I wasn’t out there to prove anything to anyone else. I wasn’t sharing or getting cheers or any of that. Suddenly, and unexpectedly, I was doing what running has always been for me – spending time with myself and clearing out the cobwebs. Only this time, it was constant and without distraction. Today’s run felt more like a mental exercise of cleanup than earning a badge or support or anything like that. It felt a bit more genuine in some regards.
I do think I’ve found a new way to enjoy an old exercise. Just me, the road, and my music.
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