My hubby (he is such a funny guy) asked me over the weekend about what I think about on a long run. This is actually a pretty valid question. What do I think about on my long runs??? I think about a lot of stuff, most of it being pretty random. For the most part I honestly don’t remember what I am thinking about. Sort of like a dream. You wake up and forget all about it.
What I usually think about on a long run is running related. I think about my next race, new goals, my latest workouts, and what has been working in my training and what hasn’t. Sometimes I think about my long list of “to do” stuff for around the house and any fun plans that I have coming up.
If I am struggling to get through the miles, I tend to look at my garmin more to see how much further I have left. When I do this, I always break the distance up into races which help the miles go by faster….
15 miles HM + warm up & cool down
13.1 miles HM
10 miles Sunday Sundae 10 mile race (held in Spokane every September)
7.46 miles Bloomsday (held in Spokane the first Sunday in May)
6 miles Less than a 10K!!!!
4 miles Cherry Picker Trot (held in Spokane every July)
3 miles Less than a 5K!!!!
1.8 miles Less than a 3K!!!!
The last couple of miles on a long run I always find myself thinking about food and what I want to eat when I am finished. Usually I think about junk food- candy, cupcakes or ice cream. I have none of those items in my house, so it is mostly wishful thinking. My hubby found this to be funny- “you think about food?” Well, wouldn’t you be thinking about food after 22 miles????!!!!! It has to be normal to think about food, right?
My home made red velvet cupcake with cream cheese frosting. So delish--wished I had one for Sunday!
Sunday when I was closing in on my 22 miler, I thought about the Raspberry Truffle cake pop I had eaten at SBUX the day before. I had intentionally bought it for my Sunday long run “treat”, but couldn’t stand it and ate it early. OOOPS.
SBUX Raspberry Truffle Cakepop- DELISH!
That night for dinner I tried a new recipe (I will share soon) for dinner. My hubby was less than thrilled with this new healthy recipe (GASP- it had cabbage in it!!!). He looked at me and said “you thought about eating this on your long run today?” So funny mister. Maybe I had thought about it, I just won’t admit it. J
Questions for you:
What do you think about on your long runs?
Do you find yourself breaking up your long runs into more manageable/familiar distances in your mind?