Sometimes you don't need to be plugged in on every single run.

battery fail (450x800)

My GPS watch is one of the most important pieces of my running arsenal. I use it every.single.run.

I’m not even a big numbers or stats person, but I use it like I use my sports bra–I can’t run without it! Well, I thought I couldn’t until I went to run this morning. I noticed it was dead. Runner Fail!

Luckily since I’m home, I know more than a few running routes to get in the mileage I need. So I decided to ditch my headphones too and just ran naked from technology. I went out for about eight miles and focused on things besides my watch and music.

First I listened to my body…

For the first half a mile I was a little sluggish. From there I warmed up and felt my legs were a little tired from the last few runs.

I paid attention to my form.

And then I was more aware of my surroundings.

I noticed all of the other people on the trail. I always wave “Hi!” but I paid more attention to saying “Hi!” and getting a good long look at their dogs (so many of my neighbors have beautiful pups!).

I spotted how the cattails near the park have been cut back. They were just so thick a few days ago. Wonder when that happened?

I saw a yellow golf ball, a few butterflies, a random shoe (who loses one shoe?) and more.

This is a place I run all the time but running without a watch or music gave me the chance to just stop run and smell the roses.

It wasn’t boring. It was nice. I got lost in my run and thought about the things I saw, the people I love and then just zoned out for a while.

Now I’m not saying I’m going to run without technology all the time, but it is nice to get back to the basics every one in a while.