Running through my head

I don’t listen to music when I run, but rather, I let my mind wander.

And oh does it wander…. Today, I thought I’d offer a peek into my mind. Dangerous… I know. But here’s an example of my stream of consciousness while on a run long distance. (abbreviated of course, since you don’t want a 2+ hour ramble!)

Off I go. I always start out too fast. Slow down, woman. You’re going to need that little burst of energy later. Speaking of later, I need to clean the house for our dinner guests tomorrow. I guess I can always do that tomorrow though. I could vacuum today and oh man, I forgot about laundry. I don’t want drying laundry hanging on the rack or in the bathroom when our guests arrive. I mean, they don’t need to see all my clothes. Then again, will they really be looking at my running gear? On the second floor? (ahem, no where near the kitchen) Gosh, I hope not.

Nov13 to May14 1733Drying gear. Note the Oiselle obsession.

How does it go? Pain is temporary, pride and prejudice. No, that’s not right.  That’s definitely not right. But that’s a great book. Heck, I also love the movie. I need to get a new DVD player so I can watch it again. I can’t seem to remember much of anything these days. Good thing my job doesn’t rely on my memory. And thank goodness I have amazing friends and running partners to keep me sane. And yes, I know some of us can’t plan out the correct mileage to save our lives, (raising hand) and others seem to keep inserting hills in the middle of every single run. Eh, that’s OK, I am better for it and need more hill training to improve my base- and my time. I’m thirsty. Why did I drink all of my water already? Good thing I can swing past the library to refill, and refuel, and use the bathroom. But I do need a new water bottle, or I can keep hiding bottles mid-course to pick up later. 

Am I done yet? One foot in front of the other. Why have I not finished and why have the new neighbors added that hideous trellis around their lovely wooden deck? The old residents would cry. They were so proud of that deck. I wonder how they are doing out in Utah. Or did they move to Idaho? I know it started with a vowel. How old are their kids now? Gosh I bet they can drive. Oh and a random dog-walker is waving. Hello ma’am, puppy! Did I say that out loud? I think I did. Maybe I didn’t though since neither batted an eye. Ah well. I’m back in my yard and am beyond ready to guzzle some water. 15-miler done!

Moments like this one, and many more, will be starting back up in the next few months as I start to train for marathon number 6, the Philadelphia Marathon! Philly was my first marathon (in 2010 – and this year will be Meri’s FIRST MARATHON – so I’m looking forward to heading back to the City of Brotherly Love for another 26.2.

Today’s stream of consciousness run was brought to you by my tired brain. I really do need a new handheld water bottle or belt though. Can you give me suggestions? I’d love to hear all about what you use.

19 thoughts on “Running through my head

  1. ahhh i love this! I generally run without music and my thoughts are very similar to yours… and a good chunk of my thoughts are about what I would do if I win the lotto (but I never play the lotto-weird.).

    yayyyy for another marathon! i just signed up for indy in november…. and am already getting nervous. But this being your #6, you are a pro! Good job on your 15 miler! 🙂

    • Good luck to YOU on Indy in November! So exciting! Is this your first marathon?

      And haha, the lotto! love it. I often think about the houses I’m passing – what they must look like inside, what their back yards look like, how I can make my own yard look better etc etc. My mind is all over the place!

  2. I love this post! You’re super brave to put down all the randomness that goes through your head during a run 🙂 I swear my thoughts are all over the place during a run but what I love about that is by the time I’m done my head is pretty clear. Woo Hoo another marathon!!

  3. Cute post, Vic! Glad to know I’m not the only one with the wacky stream of consciousness while running. Happens to me even when I’m listening to music!

    For your water bottle situation – have you considered a Camelbak? They come in both backpack and belt styles and have serious volume. I just recently bought the Hydrobak as I’m training for a triathlon and I love it!

    • Thanks Heather! Its rather nice to be wacky, right? I haven’t tried a camelbak, but will look at one. How it is running with it? I’m a little nervous…

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