I’ve had a good running week. A total of 25 miles and 3028 calories. This morning’s 7 mile run in Blaise Castle Estate was a great way to finish off the week, it was such a beautiful, frosty, sunny, cold morning. A day when you can’t help but feel alive and be glad for it!
I think of myself as a “naked” runner. Don’t worry I’m not a streaker, I wear clothes, but what I mean is that I never wear an iPod or mp3 player. I prefer to run with just my own thoughts, noticing the rhythm of my breathing, nature, the people I pass.
I know that lots of my fellow runners like, even need, to listen to music or podcasts but not me – the noise just gets in the way.
Running naked also means that I generally notice the people who I pass by, other runners, dog walkers, cyclists, children, oldies getting their morning paper. So I’ve been carrying out a little “experiment” recently. As I approach someone, I try to guess whether they will engage with me, or ignore me. Usually, but not always, a “morning” from me will get one back. Sometimes a smile, a nod, even a little wave.
Sadly there are times when I could be the invisible woman, no eye contact, head down ignoring me as if I was some sort of threat! Me? I’m just a mad woman trying to get fit for the Brighton Marathon!