Yesterday I got in a wonderful 9 miles in 60 degree weather at 9:30am!! I can’t believe the temperature! It was perfect for running…
The 9 miles was extremely enjoyable… as were my other runs for the past few weeks… and this is because I feel entirely INVISIBLE.
No one can see me. No one can hear me. No one can touch me. I do not exist to the rest of the public; be it walkers, bikers, cars, etc. I am invisible to them… and I love it.
I wear sunglasses now (I used to never) and I feel as if they are a shield from the eyes of other runners and pedestrians who may “judge” me– whether by my pace or by my body. I run with my Ipod clipped on my shorts, buds in the ears, but turned completely off. For some reason I love the fact that people see the headphones in and assume I am completely unaware. But that is far from the truth…
When I run in this “Outfit of Invisibility” I am 100% aware and in-tune with my body, my breathing, my legs, my arms, my thoughts, and everything around me. All that is moving and making noise… I feel it and take it all in. It becomes a part of my run.
I love this invisible feeling because I feel so powerful and in control of my run. I feel so FREE. It is like I am looking out at the rest of the world through a tinted, sound proof window which no one can see in. It doesn’t matter what my run “looks like” to others- (if I am dying, breathing hard and in pain from intervals or fartleks, or happy and cruising on a recovery run)…. Because it is MY RUN. And they can’t judge me or see me… because I am invisible.
My biggest struggle has always been comparing myself to others, and feeling like others are comparing and judging ME. The moment I adopt my Invisibility garb, I can do my run exactly as I had planned without the concern of probing eyes. This especially helpful during speed workouts, on the in-between sets, when my jog is only slightly faster than a walk and I am gasping for air. Before I would “care” if people saw me running so slowly and they didn’t know I was doing intervals… but when I “run invisibly” I get my great workout in without paying a bit of attention to others. It is wonderful and freeing!
I am not sure if this makes sense to anyone else… and that is Ok! It doesn’t have to. But I urge you guys to find what makes you feel POWERFUL and IN CONTROL on your runs or workouts.
Have a GREAT THURSDAY! Almost the weekend… Thursday is the new Friday 🙂
What makes you run free? What makes you “forget” about others and concentrate on just running for you?
What is at least 1 cool thing you are doing this weekend?!