Oh, how I wish I could be a zen runner. Those people who get their shoes on and just leave the house, with never a thought about taking a watch, music, gps or other "necessity" ....they do it purely for the run, with no need to analyze, dissect the pace/distance/altitude, or the need to be distracted at times. The run is their high, regardless if its 2 miles or 20.
I will never be a zen runner. Its simply impossible. Type A personality here, and while I love the idea of zen running, I fear that my personality would never embrace the simplicity of zen running. I have a strong desire for data and analytics (something my current profession very much utilizes). I love being a Type A, but for running, I wish a Type B personality could fit me comfortably. The person who is not nearly as competitive (in every facet of life), but if they are, its not something that takes over their lives. My husband...Type B. If he "thinks" he ran around a 5k, thats good enough for him. If he "thinks" it was around 30 minutes, he's ok with that. Of course, I question this pace and distance...but it doesn't really matter to him. He is simply glad that he got out there. No accollades or timers or pacers needed...no "analytics" are required after a run. Just a run.
Oh, being a zen runner represents such freedom, and yet, the Type A in me finds so much strength in the analytics. Is it possible to be both?