Monday, May 13, 2019

What is Naked Running and Why You Should Try It

Let's talk about naked running. No, I'm not meaning running without clothes on, not that kind of naked. I wouldn't encourage that kind of thing here, I don't think many people really want to see that.



This kind of naked running refers to running without technology on your body. No watches, GPS, MP3 players, phones, heart rate monitors, nothing. None of that.

Have you ever done that?  I mean, in this day in age, have you ever run completely technology free? If you haven't, you should give it a try.  There are a lot of benefits to "naked running" that you probably haven't thought of.


Running without any technology might freak you out a bit. "What happens when I start hearing myself breathing hard?" "what happens if I get lost?" "How will I know if I'm hitting my pace?" "How can I track my mileage?"....Don't let it scare you because people have been running without technology for centuries before it was even an option.

Running with technology has great things about it. It's convenient, for one. It makes it incredibly easy to know how just where you're at in your training. At a glance, you can see if you need to push yourself harder to hit your paces or if you need to take your easy run easier. It is also great for keeping track of your weekly mileage and goals. And if it's music, it's super nice to drown out the sound of your hard breathing and focus on what you're trying to do. But do all of those conveniences make it so that we aren't able to hear our bodies tell us what we need?


Sometimes we are focusing too much on the speed we "need" to hit. The distance we "need" to be at. And during race training, you do need to be able to run certain distances and you hope to run at a certain pace to make your goal but once in a while, we need to be able to check in with yourself and make sure everything is doing ok. 

I'm not saying you need to make ever run a naked run. I'm just saying that every now and then, take off the watch, turn off the music, plan your route in advance and go.  Listen to your body tell you what pace feels right, not what pace your watch tells you what is right.  Listen if it tells you it's tired and needs extra rest instead of pushing yourself through the workout and ending up burned out or injured.


You'll be surprised how much you enjoy nake runs.  It's really freeing to let your mind wander. It helps you process through things and, it's amazing the creativity that happens when you're running without worrying about pace.

8 comments:

  1. I think that I would benefit from running without my GPS watch sometimes. It would be nice to just run and not look to see how many miles I have left to run, and just run by feel.

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    1. You'll be surprised how much you like it! I do at least one tech free run a week.

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  2. I do that almost all the time. I know my routes and the distances. I really don't care about pace. Less Stress and I enjoy my runs more.

    For races, I admit I do wear a watch but I don't usually look at it until after the race.

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    1. Yes! I'm the same way. I don't have a watch but I do use my phone and an app to help me stay on pace when I'm doing speed or tempo runs but all of my long or easy runs are done without. I love it.

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  3. I've run naked a few times, but I really don't love it. I can go without music or headphones, but I am pretty stuck on the watch. I don't even really look at it, other than to make sure I am on track to get home at the time I need or that I hit the number of miles I was hoping to, but I don't get too hung up on the pace or anything.

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  4. I do like to ditch my watch every now and then and just run. I admit though I like to have my music!

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  5. Even if I have my watch on, I often don't look at it until the end. I like to keep track of my mileage for the month. I don't usually run w music though

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  6. I never run naked on purpose, but I do run without checking my Garmin until I'm done. Especially in winter, I don't both to uncover to check my pace. I agree that it can be freeing -- even if it's hard to do.

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