Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Ramblings from an unfocused runner

Sometimes when you get that midrun pain, my mind loses focus on 'smooth running' and I do thinks like look up at the sky and strain with the exertion.

I do that sometimes to take my mind off the road and just let my mind wander, which leads to rambling thoughts like:

You can tell the marathoning community of Toronto is gearing up for fall training. I see it on weekday mornings, when pairs of runners stride down the sidewalk. On the weekends, you see larger groups out there for longer runs. I was standing on top of a bridge taking a mid-run breather (it was supposed to be recovery) and watched a big running group stream below me. I later caught up to them when they were taking their walk breaks.

Went out for a 10K run this morning, felt pretty sluggish and just contemplating what I'm going to put myself through the next 18 weeks. More on the mindset of a runner in training, but I'm really trying to soak in the next few runs when I can just focus on getting in some miles.

Focus, even with this blog post, I'm feeling pretty unfocus, and that's a good thing. Good to let the mind drift before I'm pulled back in the world where I tick off each run and measure each one against my own expectations.

Now before I start thinking up future posts on my goals, or what marathon pace runs mean to the overall life of a training cycle, I'll just focus on getting some sleep. That'd be nice.

10K in 55:22 (YAY, finally did a recovery run)


Amy Reinink said...

There's something to be said for giving your mind time to wander, and during a run is the perfect opportunity. Sounds like you had a good one!

Marlene said...

I do my best 'mental rambling' while on the run. I've also been noticing more and more runners on the road. I love marathon training season!

Marky Mark said...

I ruminate on my runs for sure.

Also, sleep may be the key overlooked component of marathon training...

Heather C said...

I always have music playing, but couldn't begin to tell you what songs I hear. it's just in the background of my random thoughts, ideas for posts, what I'm going to cook for dinner, what I need at Target, what I see on the run...etc.

Definitely sounds like the mind of someone in training!