Most of my runs are pretty planned out every week. I have pretty standard routes for different types of runs and what time of day I will be running, but I have always tried to make sure to keep running clothes and shoes in my car just incase.
Just incase I feel like running right now. Or just incase I see a spot that looks like a fun place to run. Or just incase a friend wants to go running and I hadn’t planned on it.
Spontaneity definitely helps keep things interesting in a pretty predictable training plan AND it’s a great way to find motivation when it might be missing.
Today I had lunch with a good friend over in Marin. As I was driving back through the East Bay around 3pm, I realized I had nothing else to do for the afternoon. I could easily go home and hang out there since I had already run this morning, or I could just happen to pull off the freeway and go spend an hour on my favorite trails and enjoy the freedom of my vacation week.
When do I ever get to go run trails in the middle of the afternoon on a Wednesday? Hardly ever.
So I drove over to the park, changed into my running clothes and got running.
It was a beautiful afternoon to be running through the hills of Oakland. The bay side of the East Bay is so much more pleasant than the hot eastern East Bay, and the shade from the tall redwood trees made it ever better. It was so peaceful and I just love being out there.
I wasn’t out there for too long, but just long enough to get a good 5 mile run in, fill some free time in my afternoon and just enjoy being outside. I am so glad that I had running clothes in my car so I could just stop and run.
Do you keep running clothes with you at all times just incase?
Have you ever done a spontaneous run because of it?