Today on my run, I thought about things I wanted to write about. Then I started to think if it’s possible to run without actually thinking about anything. Have you ever tried this? Have you tried to go out on your run and not think about anything at all? I mean, is it even possible?
I noticed that even when I’m trying to not think about anything, I’m still thinking about something. So, I decided to try and make some observations about my running instead.
I noticed that when I run, I’m always somewhat aware of my pace and if I’m going too fast or too slow. I noticed that I tend to run and then pull myself back, almost as if my body is taking a half a second hiccup if you will. I don’t quite know how to explain it, but I do this a LOT. I notice that I have a very quiet footfall, I’m not a heavy ground slapper. I noticed that there are a LOT of Black Capped Chickadees this year and boy are they noisy little buggers. I noticed that it seems as if squirrels aren’t as timid and skittish as I once thought they used to be, or is this because we have crowded their existence and they have gotten used to us? A thought to ponder I guess.
ADD anyone? See what just happened there? This is how my mind works.
I noticed that my nose runs a LOT when I run…and I don’t carry tissues with me. I noticed that no matter how tight I pull my drawstring on my tights, I still get that hanging crotch and I inevitably end up with rub marks. I noticed that I think my toebox is a bit on the narrow side and this may be part of my current issue with my foot. I noticed that running without my Ipod sometimes is actually quite nice and in the new year, I vow to do that more.
I also noticed that It’s quite impossible for me to run without thinking about anything. I’m a thinker, it’s what I do. You could challenge me to go out and run and think about nothing, but I guarantee you, that I will then think about how am I going to run without thinking about anything…