Sometimes...it's OK to stop and take a look around.
Sometimes I'm interested in heading out for a run and focusing on NOT stopping (other than for water, etc. obviously) because I want to mimic what it feels like to not stop when I'm running my next race. Train my brain or something like that. I used to really care about this a lot.
But I've realized that if you don't sometimes go on runs just for run and take little breaks to look around, you'll miss out on life:
In the "olden days" I would have just blown right past this moment in time on my run!
What do you think of "pausing" during a run?
Obviously I think there is absolutely no problem with stopping for water breaks, etc. even during important runs, although that might not necessarily happen on a run up to 8 miles where I usually don't drink/eat. I've learned to LOVE doing it on some of my relaxation runs if I see something that I want to soak up or snoop at. I used to think it'd make it impossible to start back up, but it doesn't at all. You just gotta try it!