There are very few runners that I know that would be willing to go running naked.
No, not that kind of running naked. (Though I don’t know a lot of runners willing to do that either.)
I’m talking about running without any type of technology that is telling you how fast you are going.
No GPS watch.
No running app on your phone.
Nothing. Just naked.
The Benefits of Running Naked
Look, I love my garmin as much as the next semi-serious runner out there, but I’ve come to enjoy running naked from time to time.
Not having my watch allows me to really be present during that particular run. I don’t have to feel bad if I’m trending a bit slow because I won’t know that I’m 10 seconds/mile off my pace.
Being more mindful is definitely a benefit of running naked, but it’s hardly the only one.
Stop me when this sounds familiar. You get to a race, and you turn on your garmin only to see the dreaded “low battery” alert before the race even starts! Or even worse, it doesn’t turn at all. It’s already dead!
Now, before you start arguing that would never happen because you always make sure to charge your watch the night before a race, let me tell you that I’ve put my watch on the charger before only to have it be 100% dead in the morning. I have no idea what happened, and after charging it again it’s been fine for years.
But that one morning, when I thought I’d done everything right, I was forced to run naked whether I wanted to or not. (I suppose I could have skipped my run, but that is just crazy talk.)
Try It, You Might Like It!
If you’ve never gone running naked, I’d encourage you to give it a shot!
You never know, you might even enjoy the experience of feeling your pace, focusing on your breath, and not feeling like you constantly have to look at your watch/phone.
And even if you end up going back to the GPS most of the time, a little time running free from time to time is always a welcome change of pace. I promise.
Press play below, to hear me expound a little more on why a naked run from time to time can be a very good thing.
Have You Ever Gone Running Naked? How’d You Like It?
And If Not, Would You Consider Trying It At Some Point?