The crazy things I think about when I run.

I admit it.

I am a little crazy.

But, I think most distance runners are.

We push ourselves to the limits.

We run for hours on end.

We run with injuries.

We wake up when it’s dark to get our runs in before work.

We wear compression socks, foam roll and take ice baths… because it helps with recovery.

We are all a little crazy.



I went out today for a 7 mile run with 5 miles of sprint work sandwiched in the middle.

It was hard.

This is a picture from where I ran today, in Shell Beach.

It was beautiful!

But, I digress.

While I ran, my mind raced, as per usual.

and I had an idea for a blog post….

The crazy things I think about when I run!

It’s a little glimpse into my mind when I run for hours on end.

I start running.

“Ugh… my knees are stiff”

“My legs are tired”

“I’m hungry”

“It’s too cold/hot”

“I should have foam rolled yesterday”

[Looks at watch]

Zone out for a few minutes

“Hot guy, ahead, suck it in!”

Hot guy passes.

HUGE exhale.

“I bet I look totally ridiculous when I run”

“Whatever, at least I am running”

“I love running!”

“Thank you God for allowing me to run”

[Looks at watch again]

“Huge hill ahead. Oh crap”

“I freaking hate hills.”

[Looks at watch again]

“Okay, one foot in front of the other”

“God, why did I move to this hilly town!”


“I freaking hate running”

“Why the hell do I do this to myself”

“I wish I was sleeping right now”

[Looks at watch again]

“Don’t think like that, you can’t think like that”

“Okay, positive. Be positive”

“My legs feel great, I am not tired, I love running!”

[Looks at watch again]

Zone out for a few minutes.

[Waving to runner]

“Why didn’t they wave?!?! RUDE!”

“They must not have read my blog post about the runner’s wave

[Looks at watch again]

“Am I done yet… geeze. This feels like the longest run ever.”

“Okay one mile left”

“Keep it up, keep it up”

“Yes, I am donnnnneeeeee!”

“I feel so much better.”

“I am so happy that I decided to run today”

The end.

The fact is that as much as we all love running, sometimes it sucks.

Hills suck.

Sprint work sucks.

Getting injured sucks.

The pain, the emotions, the effort… it’s all worth it in the end.

The most important thing is to work through those thoughts…

The ones where you tell yourself that you hate running, or you question why you get up and do this every day.

Run through the self doubt.

Don’t listen to it.

Because your negative inner voice is wrong.

You can do it.

You can finish the race.

You can do the unthinkable.

You just have to become stronger than that voice.

You can do it.

Get out there and push yourself.

Challenge yourself and do something you never thought you could do.

You can thank me later.

Are you a crazy thinker like me?
Do you look at your watch a lot when you run?
Do you zone out?



30 thoughts on “The crazy things I think about when I run.

  1. bubblyrunner says:

    I am a compulsive watch checker! I need to be better about it. I try and tell myself I won’t look at it until a particular song is over on my playlist, but that never happens. Maybe I should do yoga so I can practice how to zone out!


  2. henniemavis says:

    Fabulous post! I just ran with an injury yesterday (first test-run after 6 wks. of only pool-running & cross-training). It SUCKED… but I LOVED IT. I totally get this post 🙂 Thanks for sharing what I am usually thinking!


  3. Tess says:

    I would love to THANK YOU now and later!!! Thanks also for sharing your thoughts while running. good to know others have many random thoughts along the running way 😉


  4. says:

    Thank you! I have my first long run for marathon training tomorrow and I think I’ll be going through all of those thoughts while I run! I love the idea of running through the self-doubt. On the other side is always an accomplishment, a good feeling, or at least a nap!! 🙂


  5. Jason H. says:

    That was awesome! Thanks for the motivation! Minus noticing the hot guy approaching, I totally agree on all of those crazy thoughts… they ramble through my head as well!


  6. Ashley says:

    Haha I either spend the entire time thinking about when I’ll be done or I get completely lost in my thoughts, those are definitely my favorite runs.


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