Monday night, for the first time, I ran naked.
No, not naked, naked – I ran without my headphones. Up until this point, I really felt like I needed my music to make it through my runs, to keep me motivated to keep putting one foot in front of the other. I’ve read a number of posts recently about running “naked”, just you and the open road, so I figured I would give it a try.
Overall, I enjoyed the quiet peacefulness that went with running sans headphones. I went running on a trail close to my house, and I found myself looking around much more and paying more attention to my surroundings.
One side effect is that I became hyper-aware of my breathing, as that was one of the few sounds I heard. At first it was helpful for me to realize how shallow I was breathing at times, but after a while it actually just got kind of annoying 🙂
While I did enjoy running without my headphones, I think I’ll probably stick with them for the time being. I certainly don’t feel like I need them anymore, but I do still enjoy them. They help pass the time on longer runs, and the right song at the right time can really get me pumped up and push myself.
What about you, do you like to run/exercise with or without music?