The idea for “watchless Monday” came up a few days ago on Twitter when David (@runningbecause) started talking about going on a run just for the sheer joy of running. No GPS, no watch, just you and the road. So simple. And yet many of us get so caught up with our training, and worrying about pace and distance and time, that we don’t do it as often as we probably should.
Pretty quickly, several of us (myself, @262milejourney, and @suzistorm) chimed in that we need to go watchless more often, and just enjoy our runs. And thus watchless Monday was born. The idea is simple: on your first run each week (it doesn’t necessarily have to be Monday), commit to going watchless. For at least that one run per week, don’t worry about your pace or your time. Just run and enjoy yourself.
While it’s not a requirement for watchless Monday, I’m going to take it one step farther myself, and run completely “naked”, meaning no watch, no GPS, no music. I don’t always listen to music on my runs anyways, but I’m going to at least commit myself to going without once per week.
Will you join us? We’ll be using the #watchlessmonday tag on Twitter to chat about our watchless runs, so you can follow along and join us. We hope to see you there!