marathon monday: 7 weeks

A lot of people have been asking me what I think about while I'm running.

To be honest, I have no idea.

Most of the time I'm thinking about how my body is feeling. Does this hurt, what feels tight, what feels good. I like to focus on my body so I know I'm not hurting myself. If I'm feeling good, I'll pick up the pace. If I'm struggling, I'll back off for a few miles. My body is the one doing the running, so it's important for me to listen to it.

Quite simply, during my longer runs (15+ miles), I tend to black out. I can't really remember most of the hours I'm on the road. I remember certain aspects, like making it to the top of a hill or cruising down the other side of one, but a lot of miles are just...gone.

I also spend a lot of time thinking about the people I'm running for. If something feels tough, I just remind myself of why I'm doing this. And how there's no walking equivalent to cancer. So I better keep on running.

I also think a lot about the food I'm going to eat when I'm done with my run. Big motivator.
This weekend's run was motivated by knowing I would be spending Saturday night celebrating and popping bottles with some friends. You know, alcohol is a pretty solid motivator.

So, in short, I have no idea what I think about 75 percent of the time I'm running. This post didn't help anything.

8 comments:

  1. keep up the good work girl!!! :)
    xoamy
    www.cupcakesncouture.com

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    1. Thanks girl! This has been such a fun new experience :)

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  2. I have definitely wondered what people think about before - usually I am thinking "almost done" or if I am running for a person/charity I think about how strong they are. It always gives me a reason to kick my own butt and keep going.
    Wishing you the best in your training xo

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    1. Thank you love! Running is definitely a weird time to be alone with yourself and just think about a lot. I like it :)

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  3. I love this post - people (manfriend included) asked me this all. the. time.

    Doesn't it just seem like you don't really think, but things seem to work themselves out in the back of your mind by the time you're done? I kind of miss those "lost" miles this year...

    Keep on keeping on, chica! You're gonna rock it.

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    1. I'm with you. I miss all of my lost miles.

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  4. I've only recently started doing long runs with a friend...and I swear they go by faster because I'm not thinking/focusing on my pace/body. Most of the time, I'm convincing myself to not stop ;)

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  5. But I loved this post all the same, really well written! So good seeing you last night! LOVED! I only wish we got to spend more time together so we will HAVE to plan a coffee date. For serious.

    Or wine. I'm always up for wine!

    XO

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Oh, herro there.

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