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Thursday Thoughts: Things I Think About While Running

While I was freezing my butt off in the dark chasing the tails of my two fast mommy running friends at 6 am, I had a few random thoughts that I thought I would share with you. I was running without music because I was supposed to be running with my friends, but truthfully I couldn’t keep up with them, so I couldn’t hear anything they were talking about. I didn’t mind though because one thing I love about running is being alone with my thoughts, even if they are incredibly mundane and boring. I kind of like that the only things I have to think about are mundane, it means I have it pretty good and should be grateful for that. I also didn’t mind chasing my friends either, they have cute bums and trying to keep up with them forces me to push the pace harder than I would on my own. My new heart rate monitor (that I owe ya a review of) said I was running in the right zone for a tempo run so that was a bonus too.


Anyways, onto my extremely random thoughts:

  • I’m so slow, I can’t keep up with these guys.
  • I should give up chips, and sugar for a month, maybe that would help me to be a faster runner?
  • No way! I can’t do that! Maybe I should do it like my alcohol resolution – I’m only allowed chips and sugar (yummy baked treats) on Saturdays?
  • Man I love cookies!
  • I wonder what would benefit my running more? Nutritional changes? Heart rate training? Or strength training?
  • Secret option – all 3.
  • Man it’s cold out! My face and thighs are freezing but my hands are so sweaty!
  • When will this run be over?
    I’m going to miss my morning runs when hubby is working in Chicago for 8 weeks.
  • It’s -29C with the windchill and it’s 6am, I can’t believe I just randomly considered missing this.
  • How am I going to get my training in while hubby is gone? Will I cycle more on my trainer or just end up sleeping in?
  • I need a dreadmill.
  • Ha! Even though I love running, I would never use a dreadmill.
  • Like the pool – I rarely swim laps in it. It’s so much prettier to look at.
  • I miss summer.
  • Ooooooh summer… the triathlon. Man I need to start swimming and biking more, crap.
  • Why did I sign up for that race? Why do I do that to myself?

I write a lot about my training, but truthfully I have such a love/hate relationship with it. Even during a workout I flip from loving what I’m doing to hating it so freaking much that I can’t wait for it to be over. But you know what? I feel so good afterwards! Words can never do it justice, and that’s why I keep doing what I do.

Linking up with Running with Spoons Thursdays are for Thinking Outloud.

Have an active and healthy day!

What do you think about when you workout?
How do you keep your sugar and chip cravings in check?


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  • Jen @ Pretty Little Grub
    January 15, 2015 at 11:11 am

    That sounds so much like my internal monologue on a run. Always questioning myself but then always so happy I did it once it’s done.

  • Kim
    January 15, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    Fun post! I occasionally consider giving up chips but that usually only lasts a couple days – although I haven’t had potato chips in a couple of weeks now!!!

  • HappinessSavouredHot
    January 15, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    Hahah, I have tons of random thoughts when I run too. When I run with a friend, however, we chat (and rant). Feels doubly liberating!

  • Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner
    January 15, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    Funny! I think we all have very similar thoughts while running.

  • Angie @ LoveTheRunning
    January 15, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    I feel the same way! I don’t always love my training runs during but after I’m always so happy I did it. Even during my last half I was like what the heck am I doing out here? Then I crossed the finish line and remembered 🙂

  • Kay @ Kay Bueno
    January 15, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    I have given in to the dreadmill. (jk, I actually like it. I know, they should put me away for that.)

    But lately, I’ve been turning my brain off while running to watch bad reality TV. But when I am thinking it usually goes like “Am I running faster than him/her/them?” “Oooh! My reflection looks really good/bad/hideous in this window?” “How much longer is a real work out?”

    Love your thoughts!

  • Lucie Palka
    January 15, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    I can’t think of what I think about when I run. I’ll have to to take a mental note and keep track of my thoughts.

    I’m not good a cutting down on sugar and chip cravings.I usually put a few chocolate chips with my nut mix for snacks, to satisfy my craving, otherwise I might sneak to the corner store at break and indulge in a chocolate bar and offset the sweetness with a bag of chips cause I like to eat sweet and salty together! Shameful, I know!.

  • Diatta @ Femme Fitale Fit Club
    January 15, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    I normally think – why am I out here I am too old for this mess! Ha!

  • Toni
    January 15, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    good for you getting out there in -29 degree weather! I have so many random thoughts go through my head during a run it is crazy! I wish I could hook up a recorder to my brain to tape them because usually by the time I get home I have forgotten half of them.

  • MCM Mama
    January 15, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    I think about all sorts of random stuff. I swear, somedays I come up with ideas for world peace. The problem is that I completely forget all of it as soon as I stop running. I should run right into my house and start writing LOL.

  • Launna
    January 16, 2015 at 4:41 am

    Janice, I think so many of these things when I am out exercising too… especially since it has been cold outside. I have forced myself to walk somewhere and once I have done it, it feels great, which helps me more the next time.

    I had a dreadmill, I sold it… I rarely used it… I am so much better when I can get outside and exercise…

    I know you will figure it out and wow 8 weeks without your hubby, I sure hope that goes by quickly xox

    January 16, 2015 at 5:26 am

    yep yep yep that is ME here in the sleeety austin while walking too
    with the added ” AM I SURE IM NOT A RUNNER????”

  • Markita @ SweshFit
    January 16, 2015 at 10:50 am

    Too funny! I feel every bit of your pain…unfortunately I have all these thoughts before my run so it never happens :/

  • Courtney @ Eat Pray Run DC
    January 16, 2015 at 11:34 am

    hahahaha, i love all your musings on sugar. and cookies. and the pool. hilarious! my thoughts are often super random like that as well 🙂

    • Janice
      January 19, 2015 at 6:58 pm


  • AdjustedReality
    January 16, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    Love the random run thoughts! I’ve started running mostly without music and some days I think deep thoughts, some days I just get songs in my head, and some days I think about the most random things.

    Also, -29 windchill would keep me inside for sure. Good on ya. 🙂

    • Janice
      January 19, 2015 at 6:56 pm

      I`m sure you could handle it if it was the only option. With enough layers it`s really not all that bad, honest!

  • Alaina @ The Simple Peach
    January 16, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    I love this SO much! This is basically how random my thoughts are as well. I usually ask and answer a million questions in my mind, all of which would sound incredibly stupid if spoken aloud.

    • Janice
      January 19, 2015 at 6:55 pm

      Running sure is good for clearing out the head – I can focus so much better after a good run!

  • rachel
    January 17, 2015 at 11:13 am

    Haha! Love this. I can SO relate to all of your running thoughts! 🙂 I am so ADD and random in my head during my runs. 🙂

  • Lynda@fitnessmomwinecountry
    January 22, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    I loved doing these posts on the blog. My thoughts on while running. Always so fun:)


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