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running: a sport for minimalists

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I’ve taken up running.

Such a minimalist cliche, I know.

It started out innocently enough.  My husband and I started jogging on our nightly summer walks with the kids.  The kids would sometimes run alongside the jogging stroller or alternate sitting in it.  Then we went on vacation and we ran a few times after dinner without the kids.  I discovered I hate jogging with a stroller.  Good thing the stroller is borrowed from friends and will be leaving our house next spring.

Now I’m jogging by myself a few mornings a week along the seawall while my kids are at school.  The scenery in my neighbourhood is unparalleled.  Running along the seawall and through Stanley Park gives me an opportunity to admire the majesty of the North Shore mountains and is a very scenic backdrop to my morning run.  Such a great way to clear the mental cobwebs and get some exercise in at the same time.

I’m not too concerned with gadgets and workout wear.  I just wear workout gear that I already own and use my three year old runners, and I am good to go.

What do I take with me when I run?  Not much.  As with most things, I like to adopt a minimalist approach:

  • Cell phone (yes, that 12 year old phone is still kickin’!)
  • House keys
  • Credit card or pre-loaded Starbucks card or five bucks (for post workout snack)

That’s it.  No MP3 player.  No iPhone.  No pedometer.  Certainly nothing that I would be upset if I lost or broke along the way.  I run for about 45 minutes and then I am done.  My apres run routine includes finding a healthy snack before I head back to pick my youngest son up from school.  All in all, it is a very enjoyable way to spend a morning.

Do you enjoy running as part of your exercise routine?  Do you have any particular routine or gadgets you like to use, or are you a running minimalist too?