Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Does Your Mind Wander? Things I think About While Running.

It's Tuesday and I am linking up with hosts Jessica Joy and Jill Conyers for their The Fit Dish Link-Up every Tuesday.

Today' s topic is "Does Your Mind Wander? Thoughts While Working Out or Running." 
Thoughts while running
For me while running, my mind can be all over the place and sometimes not. Here are some of the things that I think about while actually running:

Weather - The first think I think about when I head out the door and step outside is the weather. I will think things like "Ah this is perfect weather. I love it!" or it could be "Yikes it's freezing! What am I even doing out?" or even "It's so hot and humid, hope this water is enough to keep me hydrated." Whatever the case, weather is something I think about on a run. 

Scenery - Lately I can't help but think about the scenery outside especially with all of the beautiful fall foliage. I will think about how pretty where I am running is or if I'm running a race how cute this neighborhood is, or wow, what an awesome bridge. Scenery is something easy to think about while running. 
D&R canal trail
Race coming up/miles left - Sometimes I think about the race I'm training for and what time I hope to get. Or while doing a run I will think how many more miles do I have left to run. Example: I'm doing an 8 mile run and when I get to 4 miles, I'll think "Yay, I'm halfway there!" and I do a countdown from there. Things like that are what I think frequently while I run.

Music - I listen to music when I run so I can get lost in the lyrics sometimes and just sing them in my head or even out loud. :p Music helps a ton on longer runs for me. 

Chores/cleaning - Sometimes while running I think about how much cleaning I need to get done, especially if someone is coming over. :p

Family - Sometimes while running I think about Hubby and the kiddos and wonder what they are up to, or if I wake up early for a run I wonder if Hubby is even up yet. ;) I think about what our plans are for the day and what is scheduled. Either way I am really lucky to have a hubby that is supportive of my running. I think I am very lucky in this aspect. 
Nothing at all - A lot of the time, I don't think I'm really thinking of anything and I am in a zone. I remember reading somewhere (not sure where it was) but if you look straight ahead and focus on something way out in front of you, I zone in on that and just run, not really thinking about anything. I just run. :)

These are a lot of the things I think about when running. What do you think about?

37 comments:

  1. I have frequently been caught singing out loud during a race. It really pumps me up!

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  2. Jessica Joy @theFitSwitchNovember 11, 2014 at 8:34 AM

    Love all these thoughts. I also love the idea of focusing on something straight ahead, to help zone out. I love when i reach the zoned out point. And, you've inspired me to hit the trails, to enjoy more scenery. i have been doing the same loop a lot, but i really need to expand my running territory; far to many sights to see. Thanks so much for linking up. What a beautiful family!!!

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  3. Lisa@runningoutofwineNovember 11, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    I think about alot of the same things! Even though I don't listen to music while I run, sometimes I get song lyrics stuck in my head anyway! (sometimes this is fun, other times it can get really annoying:))

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  4. Ha! I know what you mean when it can get annoying. :p Thanks for visiting Lisa!

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  5. I am going to try focusing on something in the distance ahead and see if I can use it to zone out! I love when that happens when I'm running (although these days it's rare). And on a weekend when I wake up early to run, I am shocked if my husband and son are up and about when I get back! ;)

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  6. I think about a lot of the same things except cleaning house! :) LOL! The weather is huge- now that it is cooling off a little in Central Florida it makes a big difference! I am not thinking so much about melting!

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  7. My mind is all over the place, but the scenery or sounds will definitely guide my thoughts sometimes. Love this post!

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  8. That scenery picture is BEAUTIFUL! I, too, think about my surroundings a lot.

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  9. Oh my gosh! If I run without my earphones I am thinking of everything from chores to work to what I'm eating when I get done running! :)

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  10. The best runs I have are when I am just chit chatting and the miles fly by

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  11. I think about many things while running and it really depends on the day and my surroundings. :) Great post!

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  12. Every run is different. I think my thoughts reflect what is going on in my life. Things are "quiet" right now, relatively speaking, and today's run reflected that!

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  13. I make to do lists in my head all the time.

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  14. Yeah, I love being in a zone. I think I seem to go faster when I am. :)

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  15. LOL, yeah I worry about cleaning probably because I hate doing it but it needs to get done. :p That's great that the weather is getting cooler. Enjoy your runs now that you don't have to think about melting! :)

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  16. Thanks Bri! The pic is on the D&R Canal trail, I run on it often. It's my favorite place to run. :)

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  17. I hear ya. :) Thanks for the follow!

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  18. I totally forgot about group runs. I love running with others and chatting as the miles definitely fly by. Great point!

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  19. That's great. You are so right that every run is different.

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  20. That's great. I do that sometimes too! :)

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  21. Lately I've been zoning out! At the end of the run... I think... "did that just happen...what did I do for the past X minutes"

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  22. I love when I'm in a zone because the miles go by just like you say! :)

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  23. ha ya I think a lot when I'm running that I don't really think at all. Or I'm thinking about getting to the next "mile"stone in my run! :-) Great post and cute family! Found you via #dishthefit


    -Brittany @NFSisters

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  24. Thanks Brittany! Yeah, when I'm in a zone it happens. Thanks for visiting! :)

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  25. Well now, chores does not sound like a fun thing to think about while running! You do seem to have really nice scenery to enjoy on your runs though so there's that! MILES LEFT - that's how my training runs go....love getting over that half way mark!

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  26. Me too with thoughts of nothing at all. I think when I run is the only time I'm able to shut my mind off and sometimes that's exactly what I need. Thanks for linking up my friend.

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  27. I love it when I realize I am half way or even half way to half way lol Great post!!

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  28. Lol you're right chores are not a fun thing to think about, but it happens for me sometimes. :p And yes, that halfway point is so nice!

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  29. Yes, it's nice to zone things out! Thanks for co-hosting the linkup Jill!

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  30. Thank Jenn!! Yeah it's all about breaking up the run at times, it helps a lot! :)

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  31. Beautiful scenery! I'm so jealous! I sure wish I could think of nothing while out running. My mind is busy even while I sleep! haha

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  32. Thanks Fawn! Sounds like you have lots to think about with that busy mind of yours! :)

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  33. Love your pics! I often get ideas for the blog when I run. Some of my fave posts were drafted in my head. I also like to run on Sundays and reflect on the sermon from church.

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  34. Thanks Caroline!! Great that you get ideas for your blog while you run!

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