Monday, March 7, 2011

I Felt Like I Was Running Naked. Fortunately I Was Mistaken.

I have an on-road dauthlon Sunday (someone remind me to spring the clocks forward) in Maryland. I've done a total of zero road runs since before the new year and the only two runs without a backpack for the year were both races. This morning I decided that I should probably go hard for a few road miles without a damn pack on my back to remind myself a bit about speed (that is, what passes for speed for me).

I actually woke up this morning before the alarm went off. On a Monday. At 6:30. 6:30 in the morning. Someone send me a major award. I dug a pair of road running shoes from the back of my closet and headed out for a 3-mile loop with some gentle climbs through the neighborhood.

Without my backpack I feelt like I was running naked. I felt like I was zooming and that I'd shed 15 pounds since my last outing on foot. Before I knew it I was back home. I felt like I'd cheated, running through the 'hood without the burden of a pack on my back. I now find myself with a bit of a craving for a road marathon at some point this year, not something that I anticipated.

That is all.

9 comments:

Joy said...

Maryland??? Where???

greekmelie said...

haha! only you would think that running a marathon on the road is just easy!

Jogging with Fiction said...

ah! I reposted, the link should work now. Thanks for the heads up!

Abby said...

Uh oh :)

Mallory said...

Oooo speedy lady!! There's nothing wrong with the road... you might really surprise yourself with the results!

Julie said...

I used to feel like I was running naked when I would ditch the dog and the camelbak, but ditching the dog made my mama heart sad :-(

Good job!

kilax said...

That is how I feel when I run without my hydration belt. I love that feeling!

Elizabeth said...

Even though I enjoy road running, I always miss the trails, no falling tree to jump over, river to cross or hills to climb, jumping potholes or uneven sidewalk just doesn't feel the same.

Terri said...

I feel lighter when I ditch the Camelbak, but boy do I love the ability to take a sip whenever I want one!