ROAD TRIP PLAYLIST

Running

Giants” – Dermot Kennedy
Living on the Edge” – Aerosmith
Come Together” – Gary Clark Version
Greyhound” – Swedish House Mafia
Perfect” – Logic
August” – Taylor Swift
Till I Colapse” – Eminem
All the Way Up” – Fat Joe
Blinding Lights” – The Weekend
Sad Sad City” – Ghostland Observatory
Automobile” – KALEO
I’m Gonna Be” – The Proclaimers
Where is the Love” – Black Eyed Peas
Shotgun” – George Ezra
Magic in the Hamptons” – Social House
Sweet Home Alabama” – Lynyrd Skynyrd
What a Man Gotta Do” – Jonas Brothers
ME!” – Taylor Swift
Same Love” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Honey, I’m Good” – Andy Grammar
Vienna” – Billy Joel
Pompeii” – Bastille
Wild Wild Love” – Pitbull
Hard to Forget” – Sam Hunt

Runner’s Share: Pre-Run Fuel

Runner's Share

Need some suggestions for fueling up before you run?
Check out these awesome ideas from Instagram runners around the world:


PRE-RUN FUEL:

THE CARBS:

+ Oatmeal
+ Cream of rice
+ Cliff Bar
+ English Muffin
+ Toast
+ Cereal
+ Bagel
+ Nuun
+ Waffle
+ Honey
+ Saltine crackers

THE PROTEINS:

+ Peanut Butter
+ Egg Whites
+ Marigold Protein bar
+ Cliff Bar
+ Nuts
+ Hummus

THE FRUITZ:

+ Banana
+ Green Apple
+ Blueberries
+ Apple sauce
+ Raisins

THE OTHER STUFF:

+ Coffee
+ An oatmeal raisin cookie


WHAT ABOUT PRE-RACE MEALS?!

NIGHT BEFORE:

+ Pizza & donuts the night before
+ Heavy spicy stew with rich homemade broth and loaded with veggies
+ Chicken Parmesan
+ Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich + a long island
+ Black bean and beet burger from No Meat Athlete
+ Cheeseburger
+ Steak & potatoes
+ Pizza and wine
+ Pasta or a turkey sandwich
+ PIZZA
+ Carbs & less protein (something easy to digest) and then water

DAY OF:

+ Home-made banana bread
+ A banana with a sprinkle of salt
+ Dried banana chips and Maurten gels during
+ Avocado bagel
+ Peanut butter and bread with half a banana
+ Nothing, oatmeal, or PB toast – depends on my race strategy or distance
+ Cliff bar, banana, 12 oz. salted water, and a 5 hr. energy
+ Bagel & cream cheese
+ Greek yogurt with granola or cereal
+ English muffin with laughing cow cheese
+ Bagel & honey
+ Sausage, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich
+ Sourdough bread slices
+ Black coffee
+ MUST INCLUDE PEANUT BUTTER
+ Oatmeal (preferably chocolate chip)



THANK YOU TO ALL THE AMAZING RUNNERS WHO CONTRIBUTED THEIR IDEAS TO THIS POST:

@minimalinfluence – @sergio_guerra_r – @randyrunzmaine – @cris.tianlg – @kaf_runn – @runningbaldman – @jimmystixruns – @queen_authentic – @lea.zun – @scrubs_n_spandex – @andrewtram – @dontcallita_runback – @elaina_runs – @nomivv – @tbogda0471 – @dp_on_the_go – @ellakbuss – @lindseyandrew – @oli_beringer – @millzgotmiles – @zhanelturarbek – @t_perk13 – @ruben_sgomes – @j5thekosmostones – @dwaynejordan23 – @nartron3k – @siamese.runner – @fafi_stags – @trekettup – @caragiovannaa – @willa_jace01- @run_like_a_mother2 – @lenaclaudia – @dan_runs_downtown – @jordynefriedenfels – @thatsastep1 – @madisonbrookeharmer – @stevekorchinos – @elite.et – @1beer.1mile – @emily_kenyon4 – @mikefire53 – @stavlevyhalabe – @run_emc – @kelli.threet – @casi.lummer – @sprintergonedistance – @amystrahan – @sk1nnylegs – @lizzieroyer – @ambegezda – @_tony_trains – @runthefifty_ – @frumpycob – @hannalyn13 – @will.run.for.smiles – @innerathletemi – @xtyleryoungx – @wilson.50.by.50

Once you’ve explored, make sure to share your own suggestions below!

RUNNER’S SHARE: NEVER HAVE I EVER…

Runner's Share

Ever wondered whether other runners do the same weird shit as you?

Yeah, so have I. So I took it to Instagram to find out how many other runners have actually done some of the weirdest “runner things” during their journey. And the results are in…


NEVER HAVE I EVER:

LOST A TOENAIL?

Of 363 runners…

149 HAVE | 214 HAVE NOT


PEED IN THE WOODS OR IN A BUSH?

Of 372 runners…

251 HAVE | 121 HAVE NOT


GOTTEN LOST DURING A RUN?

Of 372 runners…

259 HAVE | 113 HAVE NOT


RAN IN 100 DEGREES OR HOTTER?

Of 369 runners…

241 HAVE | 128 HAVE NOT


SHOT A SNOT ROCKET WHILE RUNNING?

Of 358 runners…

223 HAVE | 135 HAVE NOT


BEEN A LITTLE TOO LATE TO THE BATHROOM?

Of 351 runners…

170 HAVE | 181 HAVE NOT


TAKEN BLOODY SOCKS OFF AFTER A RUN?

Of 372 runners…

208 HAVE | 164 HAVE NOT


THROWN UP ON A RUN?

Of 374 runners…

146 HAVE | 228 HAVE NOT


LIED ABOUT A PACE OR FINISH TIME?

Of 359 runners…

134 HAVE | 225 HAVE NOT


WANT TO PLAY ON YOUR OWN?

PICK A FUN NEVER HAVE I EVER QUESTION FROM BELOW AND SHARE IT ON YOUR INSTAGRAM STORY!
FEEL FREE TO TAG ME SO I CAN VOTE: @RACEACROSSTHESTATES!

NEVER HAVE I EVER: SLEPT IN MY RUNNING CLOTHES?

NEVER HAVE I EVER: LIED TO GET OUT OF PLANS JUST TO RUN?

NEVER HAVE I EVER: SHIT IN THE WOODS?
INSPIRED BY @kaf_runn and @blankgetsmoving

NEVER HAVE I EVER: RAN BEFORE 5 A.M?

NEVER HAVE I EVER: GOTTEN BLOODY NIPPLES?
INSPIRED BY @the.andy.allen and @stevekorchinos

NEVER HAVE I EVER: STOPPED AND WALKED BACK?

NEVER HAVE I EVER: BEEN ATTACKED BY A GOOSE?
INSPIRED BY @tbogda0471

NEVER HAVE I EVER: TRIPPED AND WIPED OUT WHILE RUNNING?
INSPIRED BY @kristinsaly

NEVER HAVE I EVER: RAN THROUGH SOMEONE’S YARD OR DRIVEWAY FOR THEIR GRASS SPRINKLERS?
INSPIRED BY @i_livesore

NEVER HAVE I EVER: LEFT A SWEAT STAIN SOMEWHERE AFTER RUNNING?

NEVER HAVE I EVER: ACCIDENTALLY SPIT ON SOMEONE WHILE RUNNING?
INSPIRED BY @getyourfittogetherr

NEVER HAVE I EVER: HAD TO CALL SOMEONE FOR A MID-RUN BATHROOM EMERGENCY?
INSPIRED BY @kelseyrunsandruns

NEVER HAVE I EVER: PUT DRYER SHEETS IN MY STINKY SHOES?

NEVER HAVE I EVER: TRAVELED OUT OF STATE FOR A RACE?

NEVER HAVE I EVER: HAD TO WRING OUT MY SWEATY RUNNING CLOTHES?
INSPIRED BY @dp_on_the_go

NEVER HAVE I EVER: RAN SO HARD YOU PEED YOUR PANTS?
INSPIRED BY @run_like_a_mother2

NEVER HAVE I EVER: SEEN A TERRIFYING ANIMAL WHILE RUNNING?

SHARE YOUR RESULTS BELOW!

SUMMER ROAD TRIP

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States #31, #32, #33, and #34

I AM SO EXCITED! Well… it pretty much goes without saying at this point – but – 2020 has been QUITE A WILD RIDE. I had so many running plans for this year – plans to travel to several states, plans to compete in ACTUAL RACES in Missouri, New Jersey, Colorado, South Dakota, Massachusetts… and more, plans to have at LEAST 36 states checked off my list by the end of the year. But hey – life is ANYTHING but predictable, and I had to change course.

After running state #29 in Little Rock, Arkansas on March 1st (in an ACTUAL RACE) – I was on my own personal little running CLOUD 9. I was the first place female finisher in a HUGE race – the biggest race that I’ve ever even placed in, and I actually WON. I beat my personal record by shaving 4 MINUTES off my previous record of 1:29 – this time running 13.1 miles in 1:25 (a freaking 6:30 minute average). I was SO FREAKING PUMPED about this year – so excited to keep going and building on my progress… but… again, life changed! So I had two choices: I could either get frustrated, discouraged, and wait until things opened back up (which would take WHO KNOWS how long) – OR….

I could take control of my journey.

I could readjust, replan, and rearrange my year. And that is JUST WHAT I DID – starting with STATE #30. I ran state #30 in South Carolina (Myrtle Beach) on June 5th. Sure, there wasn’t an “actual race” going on – but that was just fine with me. I packed my bags and road-tripped all the way down South to run my OWN 13.1 miles on the beach – my own, personal, homemade race (and guess what? I WON!). So now, I’m going to keep the adventure going by taking another summer road-trip to conquer states #31, #32, #33, and #34 this AUGUST. While I can’t compete in real races – it’s so important to me that I embrace the challenges and unexpected changes in life. Why?

Because my running is NOT about competing – it is NOT about setting records, winning first place, or always have to be the best – and I feel like I almost started to forget that when I won in Arkansas. My running is about ENJOYING it, it is about having FUN, it is about TRAVELING and EXPLORING and ADVENTURING, it is about the love of running itself. And nothing, not even COVID, can stop me from driving, exploring, or running (safely and socially distanced of course)!

So, here’s the game-plan…


IOWA
(Des Moines)

Des Moines, Iowa

DATE: AUGUST 4th, 2020


NEBRASKA
(Omaha)

Omaha, Nebraska

DATE: AUGUST 5th, 2020


COLORADO
(Colorado Springs)

Colorado Springs, Colorado

DATE: AUGUST 7th, 2020


KANSAS
(Topeka)

Topeka, Kansas

DATE: AUGUST 10th, 2020


I am SO excited to take this trip and challenge myself to try something different. I have NEVER traveled by myself, so this adventure will really be something completely new for me, and for my running journey. As you all know, I am ALWAYS looking for places to explore, things to see, and what to eat whenever I take a trip – so if you know someone who lives/has been to any of these cities – PLEASE leave some suggestions below!! And feel free to subscribe to get updates on the story of each state once I get home!

RUNNER’S SHARE: What Do YOU Do When You DON’T F&$% Feel Like Running?

Runner's Share

We all have days when we just don’t feel like running – it’s inevitable. Motivation isn’t constant – it ebbs and flows. So what should YOU do when you don’t feel like running?! I took it to Instagram and gathered some awesome tips to help you answer that question next time!


DON’T RUN & LET MY BODY REST:

Let my body rest and try to get the run in later”
@ali_bertolami

“Don’t run”
@astrid_janssen_q

“Just rest or walk
@nottoosweetcaroline

“Lay in bed”
@fivekrunner90

“Drink!”
@keller9385

I just don’t, or I do a nature walk!”
@hey.itsjayne

“Sometimes I run anyways, others, like today, I listen to my body and rest.
@runningbaldman


DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT:

“Core or lower body strength training”
@therunningryan

“Hike/swim/bike/nap/second nap.”
@insane_zane01

“Go for a good walk with the dogs.”
@stephen.foster44444444

“Walk instead…”
@firemankevin629

“Choose a different type of exercise like swimming or rowing.”
@shann0nwils0n

“Long walk or hike with my dog.”
@zarbicath

“Go to the gym and do a different type of workout.”
@hannalyn13

“Swimming or cycling are great alternatives! TRIFLIFE!”
@dominic_eigo


STILL GO RUN (OR AT LEAST TRY):

“I’ll still go, if not I’ll just reset for the next day.”
@cjtherunner

“Run more.”
@tbogda0471

“Start running! The feeling always fades with the miles!”
@i_livesore

“Give it a go for 10 mins and if after that I still don’t want to, I go home!”
@honestlyamylynn

“I just go and let myself walk whenever I feel like it. But at least start out running.”
@ladrury

“Go anyway!!!”
@boymom_ontherun

“Run.”
@dan_runs_downtown

“I put on my running clothes anyway. Usually that’s enough to change my mind”
@running_my_best

“Tell myself I’ll walk, it always turns into a run once out.”
@rularuns

“I run”
@j_fit_smit

“RUN”
@momrunsthis

“Run anyways!”
@b_mindfit

“I push myself to go anyways, and I usually end up enjoying it and being glad I went. The moments when I lack motivation and need to go, I just fall back on discipline.”
@Rachaelroxy2117

“I walk for a half mile or so and then I’m usually in the mood to run by then.”
@oli_beringer

“Go for 5 minutes. If after 5 minutes you still feel like not running then stop! I never stop.”
@runleaderz

“I usually just run at a different time in the day. Morning run turns into a night run.”
@uuh_idk

“Run.”
@elizabethrose__

“Run”
@al_ex26.2


FIND SOME EXTRA INSPIRATION & MOTIVATION:

“I usually start watching really hard core athletes train on Youtube! It really inspires me!”
@homeschoolingfitmom

“Remember who I used to be”
@adamwebb.77

“Do breathing exercises for the run”
@haille_holmezzz

“Add some new songs to my playlist and run anyways!”
@haleyrunsamarathon

“I tell myself I can turn around at anytime”
@run__emc

“Take a walk to motivate myself”
@taylorrunsny

“Tell myself, “I’m just going to do 5 mins!” helps me determine if I’m making excuses or do need rest. If after 5 mins I’m still not in it then I’ll rest… 90% of the time I don’t want to stop then!”
@homeschoolingfitmom

“Tell myself to just to X number of miles then see how I feel. Then I focus on 1 mile at a time.”
@jimmystixruns

“I take a shower to warm my body up! It sounds kinda weird but it works.”
@amypritchard12

“Take it one step at a time with no expectations.”
@the_flexing_flexitarian

“Listen to happy music.”
@cris.tianlg

“I find an inspiring endurance book like “Into Thin Air” if they can climb Everest, then I can run!”
@solideogloria_runner

“Go slow. Pretend you’re going for a walk. After a mile, I’m ready to run!”
@nagromathon

“Make a really good playlist. Or run fast so it’s over quicker!”
@getyourfittogether

“I try and switch up the route, change my music, do something different to switch it up even just a little!”
@dan_runs_downtown


Have your own that I should add to the list?! Share it below and leave your Name or Instagram handle to have your idea added!

10 Things You Can Count on Runners for

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Us runners are a…special…breed. And while others may have to deal with some of our weird quirks, there are some things that you can ALWAYS count on us for…

Weather Forecasts & What to Wear:

Don’t know whether you’ll need that coat today? We do. Runners always know what the weather is supposed to be like AND what the weather is ACTUALLY like – so you can always rely on us to let you know what to wear. “No, you’re not going to need that coat. Actually, you might want to swap out that long sleeve for a t-shirt too. Once you get moving around out there it really warms up.” Trust us, we know.

The Best Pizza & Pasta Places Around:

Looking for somewhere to eat? Runners ALWAYS know the best places to eat – especially the ones that specialize in carbs. We’ve got the scoop on all the best pizza and pasta places in town – and we’ve likely tried everything on the menu. What? A girl’s gotta refuel after that long run.

The Locations of ALL Public Restrooms:

Out for a bike ride and need to use the bathroom? Don’t worry. If you’re with a runner, you’re in good hands. We know all of the public restrooms, whether they’re open, and whether they’re cleaned regularly.

The Multiples of Numbers 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12:

Need some quick math? Runners know all multiplication and division facts – especially for the numbers 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12. While running, we’ve gone over these quick facts millions of times to calculate our pace.

Wind Forecasts, Wind Speeds, and Wind Direction:

We always know which way the wind is blowing and how hard. Have you ever tried to run into the wind when it’s on full blast? If you have – you’d remember which way it’s blowing too. Even though we can’t avoid the wind, we take mental note of which way is the easier direction to travel during those runs.

The Distance You’ve Traveled (by car, boat, bike, foot, etc.) to the Nearest Tenth:

“Oh yeah, that store should be about 1.3 miles up there to the left.” Yes, we speak directions to the nearest tenth – and usually – we’re pretty accurate. “We’ve been going for about .7 miles so far.” Just trust us.

What Time Sunrise Will Be:

“The sun usually rises about halfway through my 6:30 a.m. run – sometime around mile 4. So the sunrise should be at approximately 7:02 these days.” Have you ever tried running 8 miles at 6:30 a.m.? If so, you know what I’m talkin’ about.

What That Muscle, Tendon, or Ligament is:

Us runners have had every injury scare, sore muscle, potential pull, and physical freak-out – and we’ve done our research. So if you have a question about something going on – you can trust that we likely have a stack of information to pull from to help you out.

Where to Put All Those Things You Don’t Want to Carry:

Wondering where to put those keys that you don’t want to carry while you’re at Disney World? We know all of the tricks and tips for carrying things that you don’t want to carry. We’ve had to carry water bottles, phones, headphones, keys, chapstick, powerbars, starbursts… so we can offer many-a-suggestion for how to most conveniently carry those random items.

All of the Motivation, Encouragement, & Support You Could EVER Dream of:

Runners know how to cheer, motivate, support, and encourage those around them. We give, and receive, support in such abundance that we’ve learned what works and what doesn’t. If you’re needing a pep-talk, an accountability buddy, a support system, or just some encouragement – you can count on runners to supply it in large doses. That’s what we do best (outside of running, of course)!

The Day the Music Died…

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CONTROVERSIAL RUNNING TOPIC ALERT

Do you listen to music when you run? 

Many runners swear by it – some can’t even run without it – and then there are those who have ditched the tunes & instead tuned into themselves when they run… I’ve been both. 

I used to be one of those runners who literally could not run without my music. If my headphones, or my phone, died mid-run (which, if you know me, you know that they usually did – just check out the ALABAMA trip if you’d like an example). Anyways, I would go into an all-out panic if I didn’t have my jams. I relied on my music so much & would strategically create playlists that I deemed best for my performance. Until one day… 

One day, upon arriving at the gym for my regularly scheduled 5 AM morning date with the treadmill, I noticed that, lo and behold, my headphones were – per usual – dead. Now, this usually wouldn’t be a big deal, since, well, I’m usually the only one at the gym at 5 AM & could blast my music out loud. But today there were TWO other runners there – what gives? Anyways, I couldn’t be that girl, so, I had to make a choice between my music and my miles. I guess I’d be going it without the tunes for today. 

Anyways, fast forward through the remainder of the day (which was likely filled with children asking me questions all day long at work, racing to get everything done, and likely eating Doritos at some point) – to the next morning, when I found myself on the treadmill again, STILL with dead headphones. I had forgotten to charge them amidst the chaos of the previous day. But (this might shock you) I really didn’t mind. The day before, without my music, had been shockingly peaceful. It allowed me to just tune into my mind, my pace, but most importantly – my breathing. 

I hadn’t noticed how out of control my breathing would get prior to ditching the headphones – but turning off the music and truly listening to, and focusing upon, my breath was the most beneficial thing I have done for my running-game thus far. But it’s not just me, here are a few other fun facts and comments from other runners who have given up music:

PACE 

Alexandra Parren shares that music, “may make you sprint off faster than you intend, making you burn-out before the end of your training session or race. By not listening to music you are more likely to keep a steady pace and not rush off too fast.” 

BREATHING

In a post on ACTIVE.com, Nick Clark shares how music impacts your running as he shares how music impairs your ability to engage in diaphragmatic breathing: “Without developing this style of breathing, athletes tend to breathe through their chest which is shallow breathing. Fast and efficient consumption and delivery of oxygen to the working muscles is crucial in endurance sports. Shallow or chest breathing will limit this process.”

FOCUS

While listening to music while running can definitely make it more enjoyable and increase your motivation, tuning into yourself, and your surroundings once in a while can be good for your focus – both internally and externally. It’s easier to think about your strike, your pace, your thoughts, and your needs on any given day when the music is off. 

I know, I know… 

It’s totally not for everyone. And honestly, there are TONS of reasons in SUPPORT of keeping the music up while running (sometimes I, too, put the headphones back in & enjoy the HELL out of some Lady Gaga during my entire ten miles). But growth is about trying something new every once in a while, and this was one change that – surprisingly enough for someone who LOVED the music/running combination – I have definitely found to be beneficial for my running journey. 

So maybe give it a try just once. 
Or don’t. Or just keep your Lady Gaga blasting. This is your running journey – I’m just telling ya about the day MY music died you guys. So what do YOU prefer?! Do you run with music or no?! Take your side of the debate in the comments below!

I DON’T F*%$@ FEEL LIKE RUNNING!

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You know the feeling… 

You’re getting ready for what’s supposed to be one of your favorite parts of your day…your runBut something just isn’t right. You just don’t feel like running. You lace up your shoes, hoping to get some momentum going. As you walk out the door, you’re feeling sluggish, slow, heavy — oh, and your feet weigh approximately twenty two thousand pounds. Simply put: you just don’t feel like a runner today.

If you’re anything like me, you have these days – and these runs – ALL. THE. TIME. Sometimes it’s not just one day either – sometimes it’s a week – or two weeks – or even an entire training season. You’re running on empty and you just can’t seem to find the energy, the motivation, or the ease that once flowed. Your feet are dragging, your breathing is heavy, your mind is occupied with this thing and that.

You’re running on empty

So what do YOU do when you don’t feel like running?

Do you muscle through it and push yourself?
Do you give up and go home to rest and reset?
How do you get the momentum back? 

Life isn’t always going to be a walk in the park. You and I – our surroundings, our life circumstances & situations, our relationships, our bodies – are constantly evolving – physically, emotionally, mentally, financially. We can’t, we shouldn’t, ever expect life to stay the same forever – and we shouldn’t expect our running to either. Challenging days, and even entire periods of our lives, require different amounts of ourselves. And that’s OKAY. Giving yourself the grace and the flexibility to pause and figure out the source of your fatigue, as well as what you’re needing during this moment in time,  is what I’ve found to be the most important step for getting your mojo back. 

Whether it’s an isolated argument with a loved one, a financial hardship that’s been mentally draining you for weeks, or simply that dreaded time of the month for all you women out there – we must remember that it’s okay to not be okay. Life’s challenges have a way of seeping into other areas of our lives – including our running – leaving us feeling drained before we’ve even laced up our shoes. But once you can put a label to what you’re feeling – and accept the reason behind your feeling – you can start to take back the power and the control.

You can recognize that the argument you had with your husband is making you feel frustrated, and then you can give yourself the space to figure out what you’re needing from your run that day – do you need a slower pace? A shorter distance? Or do you need to cancel your run all together to think about or journal your feelings today instead? 

What’s the alternative? Mindlessly heading out on that run. Feeling like shit. Ruminating and becoming frustrated with yourself. Maybe even letting those feelings turn into some false beliefs like whether you’re just simply not cut out for running – trust me, I’ve been there before & it’s not a fun place to be. But when you don’t give yourself the space to actually figure out why you’re feeling so drained or uninspired, you start to assign blame where it doesn’t belong.

It’s easy to blame a “bad run” on something physical – your endurance, your energy, your muscle recovery, even something you ate the night before. It’s even EASIER to blame it on circumstances you can’t control – the weather, the time of day, your headphones being dead. But blaming your lack of flow on these circumstances won’t help you get better – it won’t help you get back in your groove. Sometimes we forget how important of a role our emotions, our thoughts, our beliefs, and our needs play in our ability to run – & sometimes that’s exactly where the solution lies. 

So, again, what do you do

Pause. Take inventory of your life – ALL areas of your life. Think through your work, your family, your financial situation, your body, your energy, how much sleep you got the night before, what you ate this morning, the weather, everything and anything. You could start by trying to think through the areas of health to see if anything comes to the surface of your mind: physical, emotional, mental, social, and spiritual. You could also use more of a time-line type of thinking: what happened 5 minutes ago, earlier today, last night, yesterday, last week, this month? Once you’ve developed a sense of the source of your lack of gusto – think through what you’re NEEDING from your run today (or if you’re even needing one at all, man). There ain’t no shame in the walking game on those days when you just don’t feel like running.

RUNNER’S SHARE: STRANGEST MID-RUN THOUGHTS

Runner's Share

After sharing my own (very strange) mid-run thoughts in my most recent blog post, I couldn’t help but wonder whether I was alone. I COULDN’T POSSIBLY be the only one who has the absolute strangest ideas, experiences, thoughts, and visions pop into their head 3-miles into a run…right? Well, I took it to Instagram to find out – and here is what runners shared when I asked them,

“What is the strangest thought or experience you’ve had while running?”


“How funny it would be if every step I took I farted, so the faster I run the more I’d fart.”
@jimmystixruns

“Running along a lake and a guys fishing hook hooked my shoe!”
@lindseyandrew

“Would it hurt if I “accidentally” jumped off the bridge into that river…?”
@dil.handy

“Those gnats who just died on my sweaty legs really have a sad existence…”
@solideogloria_runner

“If I faint… try to look graceful.”
@lyphil

“I wonder if I would still run if I could fly…”
@jessecale

“What if I flag down the next car and hitch a ride back to my starting place…?”
@queen_authentic

“The only reason I’m going to stop is if a deer runs into me.”
@seh.millar

“I can hold it… oops maybe not!”
@montrealrunner1

“I’m so cold… how am I going to pull my pants off in the porta potty?”
@thejourneysofjen


So, let me just say – for the record – that I am CLEARLY not the only one who has wild and crazy thoughts while running. Huge shout out to all of you who helped me to feel a little better about my mid-run thoughts – if you want to check them out yourself, click HERE. I know these aren’t the only brave souls willing to admit their craziest running thoughts – so don’t forget to leave your craziest running thoughts below!

Runner’s Train of Thoughts

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A Runner’s Train of Thoughts

Diary of a Half Marathon

​As we walked back to the car after half marathon #28, the sun slowing beginning to warm the air around us, I couldn’t help but laugh out loud as I recalled the outrageous number of thoughts that had cycled through my mind during the hour and a half I was running. When you’re running, for any amount of time, you inevitably find your mind wandering to people, places, basically ANYTHING to keep your mind off the moment, off the negative thought train. You know, the one telling you that you’re tired, out of breath, maybe hot, probably too cold, your legs definitely hurt, your head hurts, wait, everything hurts. 

Now, that train might not be so bad when you’re running a mile, two miles, even three miles, but… when you’re running 13!? Boy. Does your mind go some funny places to avoid that taking that train. Like… really funny places….


The Starting Line


Oh God. Where do I stand? Right here, okay, cool. This is my spot. Perfect. This person is way too freaking close to me. And how does he already smell? We haven’t even started running yet. Oh wait. Is that me who smells? No. Ok. It’s not me… yet. I am definitely going to smell by the time this race is over. Ew. But. Maybe it will be worth it. Maybe I’ll win. Or not. Maybe I’ll be last. No. Ok. You won’t be last. That won’t happen. Stop thinking that. When the hell is this thing going to start anyways? And WHY IS THIS PERSON SO DAMN CLOSE TO ME AGAIN? Should I move up? Maybe I’m faster than that girl. Or maybe not. Maybe she’ll pass me and I’ll look like an idiot. Ok. I’ll just stay here. OH SHIT. HERE WE GO. 


The First Mile


Alright. This isn’t so bad. This is great! I’m not even cold anymore. I am on top of the fucking world. I might even win this whole thing. Wouldn’t that be fucking sweet? Oh shit. She passed me. Ok. Just one girl. No big deal. WTF ANOTHER ONE?! Ok. These people are NOT messing around. I need to go faster. NO. I can’t. Remember that time you completely overexerted yourself and then died at the end? Yeah. You hated that. Especially when they tried to force you into that ambulance after you made a joke about the defibrillator looking like a boombox. I mean, it did look like a boombox. Don’t do that again. You’re fine. Just run your race. It’s literally the first mile. You have 12 more to make it up. These people are so dang fast though. What the heck did they eat for breakfast? OHHHH I’m gonna pass you, HAHA! Sucker. I’m cruising now. What?! Mile 2? God I feel like I’ve been running forever. 


Miles 2-8

Alright. Mile 2. We got this. We are feeling good. Let’s just keep this going. Wait. What is that pain in my side? Is that going to get worse? Oh great. At least I have that to look forward to. No. You need to stay positive. Do not start thinking about the end yet. We literally just started. At least you’re not dying yet. Remember that race in Arizona? Yeah. Nothing is worse than that. At least I didn’t get high last night. At least I’m not high right now. Yeah. I’m feeling good! This is great. Okay. Let’s focus on our pace. Should I look at my watch and check how fast I’m going? No. Let’s just run our race and see what happens. But. Also. Maybe I should look at my watch and just check. No. No Amy. Oh a dog!! That store looks nice. I wish I had enough money to shop there. An ice cream store! Yes. I can totally afford that. What was the name? Shit. It’s gone now. Oh well. Alright. Let’s re-focus. FOCUS AMY. Just one foot in front of the other. We got this. I CAN DO IT. 


Miles 8-11

THIS IS TAKING FOREVER. My legs hurt. Everything freaking hurts. I feel like I am going so slow what the hell is happening here. I don’t care about that dog. Ok. Maybe I do a little bit. Aw. Look at that. A little girl holding a sign. I should give her a high five. But that would mean having to take several extra steps. I’m not doing it. But she’s so stinking cute. Ok fine fine fine, DO IT AMY. YES. So glad I did that. You are such a good person. Okay gotta get my head back in the game here. What’s my pace? Oh. Wait. That pace is actually pretty good. If it weren’t for the fact that I’m dying right now, I’d be super pumped about that. TWO MORE MILES OH MY GOSH. Ok. Let’s just slow down and then go faster for the last two miles. 


THE END IS NEAR!

I’m ALMOST THERE. I can do it. I am on fire. SHIT he passed me. I need to pick up the pace here. How much further is it? Shit I really have to pee. Okay just one more mile. I CAN DO IT. Maybe I should go faster. SHIT what is that pain in my side?! Ok. Don’t go faster. Just relax for now until you get a little closer. But everyone else around you is picking up speed, you HAVE to go faster. OH MY GOSH THERE’S THE FINISH LINE. I wonder where my mom is. I should smile. I can’t smile, I’m too tired. Okay let’s just sprint this final stretch. One. Two. Three. GO. HI MOM!!!!!!! Finally. I’m done. That was amazing.