I am up early this morning, for no apparent reason. Ok, it could have been some sort of snoring, snorting or choking sound coming from either my husband or my dog, (I couldn’t tell) but shhhh don’t tell them. So here I am 6:30 am, still dark outside and a little nip in the air. It is a perfect time to go out for my long run. Today, according to my training schedule, I am to run 6 miles in 66 minutes, a little slower than I like, but I have to remember I’m training to run longer not faster. So I need to set a slow and steady pace and let me mind wander. But what will it ponder today? What did it ponder yesterday during the race? Hmmm, I don’t really remember. It’s kind of like trying to remember a dream. During the dream, everything is so vivid and alive, then you wake up and poof, it fades. Yesterday, I remember feeling as though I was solving all the world’s problems, but now I can’t remember even one solution. Why not?
When I run I try not to think too much about form and speed. I enjoy allowing my mind to flit from how to get the kids to clean up their rooms to feeding the hungry around the world. And it happens just that quickly too. One second I’m planning our dinner menu and shopping list, the next I’m wondering how we can achieve world peace and then it’s on to what size shoes does my son need. My excuse…I’m a Mom, it’s what I do! Or, maybe, this is just a manifestation of my undiagnosed ADHD-type tendencies? I don’t know but I always feel better when I return!
I think it is a form of self-help therapy. Not only are you solving problems, but you also aren’t thinking about how long or hard or hot this particular run is. It’s the theory of distraction. Here’s a question to ponder…if your body feels exhaustion but your mind is too busy to process it, are you really exhausted? I think that is where I will start my run today!