Not so much the running part- but what it is I don before I run~
What I drag with me when I do.
I of course have the basics....runners- running pants-breathable running shirts and windbreaker.
But then there are all the other things I top it off with.
Gone are my carefree running days when all I did was grab the well-worn runners off the shelf and take off with a wave...not knowing (or caring) how long I'd be gone or how far I would make it that run.
Those were the innocent days.
(And add head lamp for the night,
my phone when I'm going a distance...)
Is all this necessary?
Not only does it feel I am running with extra weight- the time it takes for me to get ready to run is a workout all on its own.
Makes me think about the other stuff.
The stuff I drag with me day to day.
Failures, disappointments, hurts, ......dragging it on.
Feeling a tad heavier than I was really made to feel.
Why do we (I) do this?
Does it make you feel you'll handle the run of life even better if you drag it along?
Yeah...there is the necessaries you need and of course...what would a run be at times without music to pump your feet a bit faster.
Do I need a watch beeping out my times/pace/distance/rate- every 10 minutes?
On the other hand.....
I Do like knowing my times.
I do appreciate water every few km's.
And of course I should wear my reflecting bands so that driver coming down the gravel road at breakneck speed will maybe have a heads up that I'm out there.
I think when it comes down to it....it doesn't matter what you're carrying...it's how you wear it.
And make adjustments here and there so it becomes PART of the running experience.
All that baggage can make you into the person you're supposed to be if you only use it properly...(and once in awhile take it all off-get back to the basics- and remember who you are and what you're supposed to be doing without it!)
It doesn't have to be ME!
It's just assisting me into becoming the runner I eventually dream of being.
Training and assisting tools.
Because hey.... the past is always going to be part of you.
It's what you do with it that matters.
Think I want to run without my stuff today.
I need to remember why it is I run.
Then maybe tomorrow.....my "necessary" baggage will once again take up a spot- and I'll turn around and use it to make me someone I should be growing up to be.
"If you can find a path with no obstacles,
it probably doesn't lead anywhere."
~Frank A. Clark