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Posted by Communicatorbronze Saul G in Deep Thoughts

A Wondering Mind

My mind really does wonder when I'm out on a jog.  As I wrapped up my last outing I tried to compile a list of everything I had given serious thought too, which included...

how cold it was, what do the passing drivers think when they see me jogging, gun control, beginnings of the Christian Church, what would I do if I saw a skunk again, a youth project that my service organization is working on, and more. 

No wonder my pace is usually slower than I think it should be. I can't focus on what I'm doing.

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I am not sure that is necessarily a bad thing. My mind wanders a lot on some of my runs, but in doing so I notice I solve a lot of problems and work through a lot of issues. If it is a concern, try changing courses, going to the trails, doing bleacher laps, speed work. It is hard for the mind to wonder when you are doing things like that. I always check in with my Garmin. If I am on an out and back I check in at the half way point and my return time must be faster.  But over all I think for mental health the wandering mind is a good thing.

Posted by Communicatorgold Monica S on 13 February 2014 at 3:53 PM

Have you read 'what I talk about when I talk about running?' by Japanese author Haruki Murakami? He runs marathons quite a lot and it's a fascinating book. You're also entirely normal! What's interesting is that all this chatter is going on in our heads when we're also meant to be focused on work etc, so the running time is no different. Focusing the mind, mindfulness etc, are all techniques that we can improve with practice. You could try one time just listening to the breath, noticing its sounds, rhythm etc. Every few seconds you'll begin to think of something else, but come back to the breath. Over time the periods of focus on the one thing begin to lengthen. Good luck!

Posted by Communicatorbronze Alyson T on 13 February 2014 at 8:54 PM

glad im not the only one that thinks about seriously random things when out on a run :P       i find it useful sometimes though as if im ever worried/anxious about anything or have important decisions to make, my mind tends to wander to these and i end up breaking the problem down and sorting things out. It has been very useful on a few occasions!

Posted by Communicatorsilver Addz S on 15 March 2014 at 6:31 PM

I usually don't think about much.  It's my time to de-stress and not worry about life!  Just listen to my music and think about rubbish!!

Posted by Communicatorsilver Lindsey J on 17 March 2014 at 9:23 PM

I'm such a day dreamer when I'm out running or cycling. I've created quite a few challenges but alot have been archived. :-( One time while I was out cycling I missed a turn and when I 'woke up' from my daydream I hadn't a clue where I was.

Posted by Communicatorgold Brenda D on 22 March 2014 at 5:12 PM

I think that is one of the great things about running, letting your mind brainstorm, reflect, etc. Last run I had I kept on thinking of all those people who inspire me to run :) and another time recently I planned an entire presentation I had to do. I might go find that book to read Alyson..

Posted by Communicatorbronze Callie C on 22 March 2014 at 6:14 PM

Have you read 'what I talk about when I talk about running?' by Japanese author Haruki Murakami? He runs marathons quite a lot and it's a fascinating book. You're also entirely normal! What's interesting is that all this chatter is going on in our heads when we're also meant to be focused on work etc, so the running time is no different. Focusing the mind, mindfulness etc, are all techniques that we can improve with practice. You could try one time just listening to the breath, noticing its sounds, rhythm etc. Every few seconds you'll begin to think of something else, but come back to the breath. Over time the periods of focus on the one thing begin to lengthen. Good luck!

Posted by Communicatorbronze Callie C on 22 March 2014 at 7:07 PM in reply to Alyson T

Hi Alyson, have downloaded book from your recommendation and going to read over week! Thanks

Posted by Communicatorbronze Callie C on 22 March 2014 at 7:08 PM

Hi Alyson, have downloaded book from your recommendation and going to read over week! Thanks.

Callie, I hope you enjoy it! From what I remember he plans whole lectures on his runs too!

Posted by Communicatorbronze Alyson T on 22 March 2014 at 10:10 PM in reply to Callie C

Hi Saul, I use music to control my pace; fast tempo motivating music for fast work outs, mixed tempos for a mixed run & slower music for my controlled long runs. The mind still wonders, however when a kick @ss song comes on, I push the pace 100 %! Good luck!

Posted by Communicatorgold Tamara A on 24 March 2014 at 3:34 PM

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