Thoughts That This Runner Has While Out Running

I read a post last week from Buzz Feed about “Thoughts That Runners Have While Running”.  I read it and laughed out loud.  Then I was inspired and thought what a great post.  Don’t we ALL of random thoughts running through our minds while out “running”?

I headed out for another one of my runs today and a gazillion thoughts went through my head…

  • What a beautiful day, I am going to have great run
  • I sure enjoy starting my run with a warm up walk
  • Oh look at that those cute tourists heading out for day in Sonoma, smile at them make them feel welcome
  • Okay start your run
  • Great song to start with, I am going to totally rock this run
  • Did I remember my sunscreen?  Yep, I did
  • Wait, I forgot to brush my teeth, seriously?  How did I do that? Gross
  • Good thing I swished with mouthwash an hour ago, but I had coffee after.  Oh that is what I taste.
  • Can I pick up my pace today and not worry about peeing my pants?
  • How long has it been?
  • I wish I had longer legs
  • I love my Nike + Running app
  • Only a mile?
  • Stay around where there will be cars/tourists, this will keep you motivated to stay moving
  • Don’t quit and walk {yet}
  • Runners with long legs are depressing me
  • I am so glad I loaded up with my chapstick this will keep my lips moist when I get dry mouth
  • I would not have dry mouth if I had remembered to hydrate more this morning, pay attention Lynda
  • My music needs an update *note to self*  I said that last week, just get it done
  • Oh I love this song!
  • Sing it Lynda, run gal.  Make sure you know the words or at least the chorus before belting it out
  • Remember you sound great in your head, but we know you can’t sing
  • People are riding bikes toward you, stop singing
  • How far?  Don’t look it will frustrate you.  I said “don’t look”
  • I need to use my arm band that my hubby bought me for my phone
  • I hate carrying my phone in my hand
  • My body feels heavy, I must weigh a lot
  • I love my I pod Shuffle, it’s so old school and pink!
  • Why do men stop and look at runners as if they have never seen one before?  I can see you looking at me!
  • Yeah, keep looking, you wish your wife was out here running
  • I am thirsty
  • I need to spit.  Please hit the ground and not have it hang off the side of your mouth.  Hurry people are around
  • Runners ahead coming towards me, I love happy runners and getting smiles and waves
  • It’s warm out here
  • I should have ran earlier
  • A squirrel! Eeeek, oh no he is startled is that car going to stop? No don’t run back over here ughhh, keep going!
  • I knew that house was empty
  • The yard needs weeding
  • Oh what a great of my “rap” songs…maybe the soul sister in me will come out and shake this run up
  • I am grooving now, I feel like I am on fire!
  • Just got a a glimpse of myself in that window I passed, good thing I don’t care about how I look when I am running!
  • Almost home
  • That’s it?  Seriously?
  • Why am I doing this again?
  • Oh yeah, I committed to the half marathon and I will be damned if I don’t complete it
  • Back at it tomorrow


*Share your “running thoughts” in the comments below, I would LOVE to read them.  What kind of things do you think of when running?  Do you enjoy running?


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  1. says

    YES! I’m DOING THIS. My knee isn’t hurting. Is it?

    It’s cold. Cold as a witch’s tit.

    WHY is a witch’s tit cold, particularly? Why not another part of her.

    Are ONLY her tits cold?

    Why am I thinking about witches tits?

    Oh yeah. It’s cold. And my knee’s starting to hurt.

    CRAP! My knee. Damnit. Now I have to walk, and I’m not going to burn any calories and I’m going to get FAT AGAIN.

    Okay. Gentle run. Little one. No big bouncing OWCRAPTHATHURTS.

    Fuck. I’m going to be a lardarse before I know it.

    Walking. Right. Walking. Fuck walking. It’s boring and I’m COLD and far from home and my sodding KNEE HURTS.


    I wonder if I could ask that person for a lift home.

    They’d think I was mad – a random runner trying to get a lift.

    Shit. Someone’s watching me WALK. In my running gear. Like an idiot. I should run a bit so I at least look like a RUNNER.

    OW! OW! OW! OW! OW! Are they still watching?

    Shit I think I’ve really buggered my knee up.

    Shit shit shit shit shit shit shit WHY do I respond when people look and I don’t even KNOW WHAT THEY’RE THINKING.

    I’m such an idiot. And now an idiot with a busted knee.

    (three weeks later I’m still an idiot with a busted knee and now it’s beginning to ache daily I’m thinking of getting it seen to…)
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  2. says

    The first half of my run usually goes like this:
    Your legs won’t hurt after the first mile or two. Keep going!

    Has it been a mile yet?

    You DO NOT have to pee again. You DO NOT have to pee.

    People! Do I wave? Ok, wave but don’t sound out of breath.

    Watch your posture and breathing.

    Oh much better. This is getting easy!

    Keep it up! You won’t get beach ready by walking!

  3. Genevieve says

    Hi- love this! I have a lot of sparatic thoughts – but these ones are the most consistent!

    – It’s not that cold/(hot) out
    – Okay, it really IS cold/hot out!
    -(I can’t wait until it’s cold/hot out, running will be easier!)
    – This is going to be a fun run!
    – Oh man! WHY are my ear buds falling out of my ears?
    – Why can’t I fix my ear buds and run at the same time?
    – Come on Pandora- stop skipping the song!
    -I hate this song!
    -Can’t Pandora play only J-Lo songs?
    -Remember to upload iTunes to your phone when you get home!
    -Okay- breath! Don’t forget to the breath!
    – I should learn to run without music – I’m sick of holding this phone
    – I wonder what “he” is doing right now?
    – I’d sure love to go running with him…
    – No -running alone is better!
    -Well- a running partner wouldn’t hurt- would it?
    – I hate running!
    -What would I do if I didn’t run?
    – Why didn’t I start my run app yet?
    – I wonder if I can keep going for six miles
    -No…run for three- you have too much to do at home
    – I hate hills…I love hills….I hate hills….I love hills
    -I’m home already? Maybe I can go for one more mile….

    (I could keep going on and on!) In the end, I’m thankful I’ve taken a run break, makes me realize I love it even more!

  4. says

    Ha Lynda ! Great post. Let’s see… “Starting out not to bad
    “Its cold, I don’t like being cold, look a real runner…they have on a tank and shorts!”
    “ugh hills are coming, I need to switch to ACDC to make it up.” “Use your gluted, breathe. Forgot my inhaler, oh no I think I’m dying. Nope your just getting up the hill…the first one.”
    “What will I eat when I get home?”
    Then for the rest I start thinking of blogging, what I should write only to get side tracked. :)
    Well that was fun!
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  5. says

    I love this!! haha! My favorite was, “you wish your wife was out here running!”

    Here are a few of mine:

    – Man, it feels good to be out here today.
    – I feel so alive!
    – Wait, is my leg hurting…already?? Nooooooo!!!
    – I don’t care, I’m going to finish my run anyway.
    – Ok, it really hurts now.
    – Is this going to affect my healing?
    – I hope not.
    – I hate not being able to run.
    – But I really want to lay down on the side of the road here.
    – Can I do that?
    – No? Well, maybe I’ll just walk for a while.
    – Dang it.
    – Was that really just one mile?
    – Ugh, yes, it was.
    – This sucks.
    – When can I run again?
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  6. says

    I have a contest right now going on over at my blog to spice up my running playlist – you’re welcome to come peek and steal some ideas if you want! It’s the thing I never get around to.

    Let’s see… today’s run went something like this (I had a lot of similar “don’t look at the app, look at the app, don’t look at the app, how far have I gone” thoughts)

    – Why didn’t I charge my Garmin?
    – Where did I put my key?
    – What if my phone dies and I can’t get back into the house?
    – Ooooo ice cream
    – DONT POO ON MY HEAD (to a bird)
    – Did I run this way already?
    – Why don’t I ever plan a route?
    – Why am I running
    – It’s beautiful outside
    – Is that car staring at me or just slowing down for the speed bump
    – Don’t look at yourself in the window you’ll pysch yourself out
    – Get off main roads, residential ones are more runner friendly
    – Who designed roundabouts and why did they call them roundabouts?
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  7. says

    Hi! Great post!

    – I’m so happy I’m getting in this run
    – Killin’ it
    – I should add a mile
    – what? I haven’t even run a mile yet?
    – I think my leg is hurting
    – Will this affect teaching?
    – keep going, you’ve got this
    – not so sure I’ve got this
    – ooh, good song
    – killin’ it
    – I should go faster
    – maybe not, walking sounds good
    – no, faster
    – definitely faster
    – I think I have to pee
    – hmm, finish strong?
    – wow, almost there
    – I did it!
    – I’m bad ass
    – can’t wait for my next run
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  8. says

    I don’t run. I walk. But some of the things I think about when I’m walking: what I need to get done that day, sometimes I write my blog post in my head, I think about what I’m going to make for dinner, I’m walking with my baby boys so I will think about noises the littlest one is making, when he needs to eat again, etc. I will also talk to my toddler about what we see and that occupies most of the time on my walk.
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  9. says

    This had me laughing so hard. I actually don’t usually think of anything special while I am running other than singing the songs on my playlist or counting the miles down…is that weird? I did think the other day about all the people I wish I could run with…but other than that, no deep thoughts over here while running! :) I loved your “you wish your wife was out here running!”
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  10. says

    Oh my goodness, how fun. I want to play!

    WHY does my garmin take SO freaking LONG to catch the sa— oh, there it goes.
    I wonder if we got any mail? (checks mail) Nope, no mail.
    I’m cold.
    It’s windy.
    Am I running too fast? I should slow down.
    Watch out for puddles.
    Yes, college student, I see you.
    No, college student, talking louder doesn’t make you any more attractive.
    This road is in bad shape.
    My feet are in bad shape.
    Am I running too slow? I should speed up.
    I’m going to kill it.
    I should slow down.
    I wonder if that car sees me?
    Wonder if we have mail now?
    Nope, he doesn’t see me.
    Yikes, that was a close call – gotta get back on the road.
    I should speed up, I lost some time getting off the road…
    Why is that guy looking at me? *memorizes license plate*
    Wonder how far I’ve gone? Only 1 mile? Ugh.
    *forgets license plate*
    Wish I had data on my phone, I would tweet this awesome view.
    I should speed up, I’m messing with my phone.
    *checks garmin again* no wait, I should slow down.
    No wait… my pace changed again…
    Wonder if we have any mail.
    ALMOST DONE I should finish strong.
    This hill is awesome!
    This hill sucks!
    I need to slow down.
    Seriously, why is that guy staring at me? *memorizes license plate*
    I should slow down in case I get hit.
    I’m done! I love running! Oh my goodness!
    Do we have mail NOW?
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  11. says

    Ah … I don’t like running. It is, and always has been such a struggle. I like the elliptical, stationary bike, racquetball and Zumba …

    I like your quote about miles 1, 2, and 3 … I just need to get past mile 1.

    I always remember the movie “What Women Want” with Mel Gibson, and the advertising plan they came up with while the woman was jogging. I can’t remember exactly the details, but the feeling there …
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  12. says

    “I would not have dry mouth if I had remembered to hydrate more this morning, pay attention Lynda”

    i have this thought EVERY run. i’m not kidding…well, except substituting my name for yours 😉
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  13. says

    This is awesome! Some thoughts I had this weekend when I got outside
    – I’m so happy
    – Look at all these happy running face
    – What the F*** why are the water fountains STILL not on
    – Yeah for spring!
    – Man this was the worst winter ever!
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  14. says

    OMG these are just as hilarious as the ones on Buzzfeed. I’m reading everyone’s thoughts while running and they all had me cracking up. I can relate to everything. Here are my favs especially (of yours) —

    –Can I pick up my pace today and not worry about peeing my pants?
    –Stay around where there will be cars/tourists, this will keep you motivated to stay moving
    –My music needs an update *note to self* I said that last week, just get it done
    –Oh I love this song!
    –I need to spit. Please hit the ground and not have it hang off the side of your mouth. Hurry people are around
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