Running can be a powerful form of meditation. It’s not often that we get uninterrupted periods of time to let our minds wander and process whatever bubbles up, and running can create the space to let that happen. (Kind of like how some of your best thinking might happen in the shower).
We surveyed a few runners about what they think about when they run. Some of our favorite responses:
Lynda from FitnessMomWineCountry has a whole post dedicated to the many trains of thought she follows while running—I can relate to so many of them, especially this one: “I need to spit. Please hit the ground and not have it hang off the side of your mouth. Hurry people are around.”
So many of us use our run time to plan our day ahead. Megan from @Pinkess1 focuses on “left….right…left….right….breath… I also think about my day ahead and most of the time my next meal ,” while Michelle from Ms. Cat’s Honest World turns her “music on loud via bluetooth to hopefully drown out my negative thoughts. I end up focusing on my gigantic to-do list, which is never fun.”
So many of our community write blog posts or come up with content ideas while they’re out pounding the pavement. Nic from Deep Thoughts In Overalls says, “content appear miraculously mid-run and I just hope I remember them.” Denise agrees—but knows her memory will fail her once she gets distracted: she thinks of “Blog ideas. Then a song comes on my earphones …. boom! Gone.”
Liz from Liz Wilson Yoga writes in her head, too: “I totally think about chocolate. I also let my mind wander. It likes to write while I run. Emails for work, a blog post, the next great American novel that I can never remember when I get back to my computer…”
So often, those ideas disappear once you’re in a place to write them down—but Jennifer from The Fit Nana has a creative idea for solving that problem: “I’ve often thought of having a Bluetooth headset on so I could “write” a note on my phone while I was running but I’ve never done it. I’m afraid it won’t understand me!”
Need bluetooth headphones? Stop right now, get these ones.
Speaking of blogging, Missy from Getting Fit to Find Myself first got the idea to start blogging while she was out on a run. Now, she says, “because I don’t run as often I think about the fact that I am dying and wonder if I will ever get back to a place where it was “easy”… My runs lately have been about practicing self-love! It’s a work in progress. But when I am patient with myself the run is so much more enjoyable!”
Lyndsay from Lynds in Real Life gets bigger picture, too, focusing on how her run will make her feel. “I think about how I want to feel strong and confident! I also think about how boss the Nike+ music playlist is .”
What do you think about when you run? Share with us in the Gixo teammates group—and if you haven’t joined us yet for the Gixo 5K / 10K on May 5, please do! There’s a free training plan, a t-shirt, and tons of community support. Everything you need for a run on Cinco de Mayo … except, of course, the chips & guac after you finish. 😉