A lot of people have been asking me what I think about while I'm running.
To be honest, I have no idea.
Most of the time I'm thinking about how my body is feeling. Does this hurt, what feels tight, what feels good. I like to focus on my body so I know I'm not hurting myself. If I'm feeling good, I'll pick up the pace. If I'm struggling, I'll back off for a few miles. My body is the one doing the running, so it's important for me to listen to it.
Quite simply, during my longer runs (15+ miles), I tend to black out. I can't really remember most of the hours I'm on the road. I remember certain aspects, like making it to the top of a hill or cruising down the other side of one, but a lot of miles are just...gone.
I also spend a lot of time thinking about the people I'm running for. If something feels tough, I just remind myself of why I'm doing this. And how there's no walking equivalent to cancer. So I better keep on running.
I also think a lot about the food I'm going to eat when I'm done with my run. Big motivator.
So, in short, I have no idea what I think about 75 percent of the time I'm running. This post didn't help anything.