Sunday 13th October 2013

Workout Soundtrack: Mother Nature

Between 4.5 and 5.5km! Untimed!

After a long and tiring day at work I got home to find one excited dog! He was all over me as soon as I walked through the front door so I took the initiative and took him straight out for what I was hoping would be a nice long walk in the fields…Loki had other ideas and promptly dragged me and bullied his way down to my Dad’s house! Not an entirely ideal walk for him seeing as it’s only ten minutes away and entirely paved, he didn’t have the chance to get off his leash and stretch his legs but he was adamant that is where he wanted to go – I tried to change course two or three times but he resisted and insisted and really left me with no choice! So it was that I spent an hour at my Dad’s house watching NCIS (he loves that show!) and drinking coffee whilst trying not to fall asleep due to him having his central heating on a little too high. That, and the fact I had been awake for 12 or 13 hours.

Shortly after returning home I fed Loki and while he was occupied stuffing his face I promptly changed into my short shorts, Rab baselayer and put on my brand new Haglofs Boa running jacket. While I was lacing up my shoes I decided that I would leave my Garmin behind and go for what Nike might call a ‘free’ run or, as Dave & Robbo over at ‘The Naked Runners’ would call a ‘naked’ run – no music, no Garmin, no technology! Just me, mother nature and the bare essential running clothing. In all honesty it felt absolutely great! I have forgotten how wonderful it is sometimes to just get up and go with no fuss, no hassle and no plan in mind – it was liberating and I felt totally free to go as fast or as slow as I wanted. It’s been a long while since I’ve run ‘naked’ and I can tell you for certain that I won’t be leaving it this long again – in fact I’m going to try and incorporate at least one ‘naked’ run a week into my schedule. Considering I was struggling to stay awake at my Dad’s not long before I headed out the door for my run it was not long before I felt exhilarated and I put this down to having no distractions at all – I was really able to enjoy my surroundings and listen to the feedback my body was giving me through my footfall and breathing, I didn’t feel one single twinge from my L3, back, ITB or knee which is absolutely fantastic considering how I was feeling yesterday! All about the PMA man!

I’m going to sign off now but I think that maybe tomorrow I’ll post a short and sweet gear review to let you know about the Haglofs Boa hood – I’m no gear writer or tech expert but I’ll do my best to convey the pros and cons (as I see them) of running in this particular jacket.

Until the ‘morrow dear reader, I bid thee adieu 🙂

Peace Out x

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