As a runner turned triathlete, I sometimes forget the simplicity of running and I think that training for this marathon has reminded me of something I enjoy. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing as fun as racing tri's, but let's face it, it's a lot of prep work. With three sports, all jammed packed together that you have to prepare for, there's just nothing really simple about it. And the list of "things" needed to race seems to go on and on. The night before a tri is one of the craziest times, with goggles, swim caps, wetsuits, bike shoes, helmets, numbers, running shoes, running belts, food, hydration, etc, etc.
Running is so simple. I literally just have to put shoes on and I'm ready (alright, my shoes, socks, shorts, a sports bra and a shirt, but you get my drift). Some days I'll include a Garmin and my headphones. Some days I won't. There's not much thought that goes into it. It really is such a simple sport.
Last night I ran around 5:00 at night. No Garmin, no headphones. The sun was shining, it was 60 degrees, and it was peaceful. My mind wandered. I didn't think about anything in particular, except for how simple my workout was.
Simple, yes. Easy... nope! It's never easy! :)