What do you think about when you're out and about, in your running shoes?
Honestly, my mind wanders. A lot. If there's an ADD that exists for runners, then I'm a victim (not that I think it's necessarily a bad thing).
Suffice it to say that many a blog post has been "written" while running. And, many of those blog posts started out as one topic, then morphed into another before the run ended.
Case in point - Monday's post-workday run...
Care to hear a sampling of what went through my thoughts, as I knocked out three miles, under the late afternoon sun?
Well, first of all, I thought the temps were cold, but comfortable. We've had some very cold weather, in recent weeks. The past few days, though, have given us a nice preview of Spring. That said, Monday's 30F temps (with a 22F feels-like) were quite comfortable. The irony? I've finally mastered the layering technique for 2021...and we're forecast to have temps in the 40F-50F range for the remainder of the week. Go figure.
I hadn't gotten half a mile when I noticed my shoe lace had come untied. Immediately, I thought "not again." A few weeks ago, I swapped out the boring blue laces for the pretty red ones. Only, these pretty red ones are kind of wide for the eyelets, making it difficult to tighten/loosen the laces. Did I mention that the laces are a couple inches too short as well? Yeah, there's not really any slack for double-knotting. These pretty red laces' tenure may be short-lived.
Having been inside, a lot, due to the recent extreme cold, snow and ice, I thought it felt liberating to be back outside. I'd had a busy weekend (running seven miles, then biking 20 miles on Saturday, as well as a long power walk on Sunday). I had also ridden 15 miles Monday morning. Even though I didn't mean to, I couldn't resist just letting my legs go...and I probably ran those three miles faster than I should have. Oh well. No regrets.
I had considered wearing my thick fleece gloves (it was below freezing, after all). On a whim, I grabbed my thinner gloves instead. I thought my hands would be cold, but they were just right. Crisis averted.
A short while later, I spotted the perfect spot for a selfie. I mean, does the run really happen if the selfie doesn't happen? I propped my phone on a lamppost, struck a pose...only to have the wind wreak havoc with my ponytail. I thought that was perfect timing (NOT!).
As I made my way through the college campus, I thought how fortunate I am to have such a beautiful place for a lot of my short runs. The sidewalks are always clear (in the winter). There are ample lampposts (in the wee hours, before the sun has risen). There are plenty of unique buildings to admire. And there are a lot of cute squirrels.
Finally, as I made it back to my driveway, I thought it had been another great post-workday run. My legs felt great. The weather had been nice. The route had been scenic. I'd nailed the correct combination of layers. The fleece jacket and tights were on-point...then I (briefly) thought it kind of sad that this might be the last time I wear them for several more months. Indeed, the things that make you go hmmm...
So, that's when went on, in my head and on the streets, during my Monday run. Never a dull minute!
Have you ever tried to remember all your thoughts from a run? Written any blog posts while running?