No, I don’t mean running with no clothes. I mean really, who thinks that’s a good idea? All your floppy bits… flopping. It just sounds uncomfortable (though a brief nekkid jog around the house never hurt anyone). And as a diabetic on a pump the logistics would be a nightmare.
So what is naked running? According to The Naked Runners, it’s all about ditching the distractions. Lace up your shoes, head out the door, and run. Leave the iPod, heart rate monitor, GPS, even your watch. Stop worrying about splits and pace. Stop counting miles. Run until you don’t feel like running anymore. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m as big a fan of technology as the next guy and more often than not I have my Garmin strapped to my wrist, but sometimes I think letting go of all that can help make us better runners. It brings us back to the primal nature of the activity and in some ways reminds us that we’re really alive.
Now want to take it to the next level? Race naked. I truly believe that too often the limiting factor in our racing is not our fitness, but our perception of what we think we are capable of. More than once I’ve run much faster in races than I though I could given my training at the time simply because I didn’t know how fast I was going. If I had I almost certainly would have slowed down!
So there you go: running naked. Try it. You just might like it.