‘People love chopping wood. In this activity one immediately sees results’~~Albert Einstein
You could say the same about running, every step forward produces results: you have moved ahead, gained endurance, strength and speed and accomplished something.
Running is simple, and minimal, but we tend to complicate it.
Complicating our running can weigh us down and make us run less.
Here are some ideas to declutter your running and run minimal.
- Drink and Eat Less: Many of the best runners have adapted to drinking less water and taking in less calories during runs. I use to need water for any run over 5 miles, now I don’t bring water unless I am going over 15 miles. The same for fuel such as gu’s. I use to take in fuel for anything over an hour, now I don’t fuel unless I am going over 2 hours. Slowly cut back your need for fuel. It feels great to run without a water bottle and energy gel packets.
- Go Tech-Free: leave the watch, GPS, iPod, iPhone, HR monitor, and other gadgets at home, at least once in a while. This is something I want to work on. I really depend on my GPS/HR monitor for training, but I could go without more often.
- Clean out your Running Closet: We don’t need 10 pairs of shorts, 10 running shirts, 10 pairs of running shoes, etc. Simplify your running life with less running clothes. I like to have 3 running shirts, 3 running shorts, 3 pairs of running socks and 3 pairs of shoes. That is what works for me and keeps my running drawer clean.
- Simplify your Training: Ditch the complicated training plan for a minimalist plan. Run as many times as you want a week and include these 3 workouts: Long Run, Speed Workout, Hill workout.
- Make it a Habit: Once your running is a habit it will be easier. You will longer need to fight with yourself whether you run, when you run, or how far you will run. You will just go run and love it.
How have you made or kept your running simple?