What do you think about when you're running? When you're out and about your mind can venture into strange and interesting territory. Here's a selection of running reflections that our members have had while out and about. Some are amusing, some are quite philosophical, and some are a bit weird.
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"I've been running for six months now. I still feel like an imposter."
"I'd rather social distance with cars"
"I hate running against traffic. Especially at night when headlights are in my eyes"
"I counted my steps while running once. Got to about 320 and started having an imaginary conversation about training."
"I've been on this run for ages. It must be about 40 minutes since I last checked my watch... nope, just 10"
"If I wasn't injured so much I'm pretty sure I would be Olympic champion by now"
"The number of times I've added several miles to my run to avoid a dog is too many"
"I have great responses to heckles... that I think of about thirty minutes after I hear them."
"If I run an extra two miles I can have a large portion of chips..."
"I'm sure the run I just did was continuously uphill. Not sure how that's possible but it was."
"I wish there were dog-free parks. I like dogs, but just for once to be able to have a nice off-road run without being chased."
"I'm sure that runner I just passed started speeding up as soon as I passed him"
"Only 2 miles done? But I've been running for ages"
"Has anybody ever done a race where the mile markers are actually accurate?"
"Is it possible to run without getting chased by dogs in town?"
"If a group of attractive runners is in the same area will they eventually form a circle?"
"I know I'm slouching, but I'm soooooooo tired"
"Joggers jog while waiting at lights while runners stand there and look angry"
"When I'm out for a run I sometimes start thinking about a race and start speeding up"
"I occasionally run without a watch for that feeling of freedom (OK, I admit, when the battery dies). I still find myself automatically reaching to stop it when waiting to cross roads etc."
"Think I'm running with perfect form; look at myself as I pass shop window; hang head in shame."
"A mile seems so far at the start of a run and so short near the end."
"I wonder if there's such a thing as a continuously downhill loop?"
"I'm usually just thinking about the nice fry up I'm gonna have when I get home."
"New Year's Day. Out for a run. Does everybody think I am trying to stick to a New Year's Resolution? I'm a proper runner I'll have you know!"
"During every single race ever I tell myself I've had enough of running. Afterwards it takes 42 seconds until I'm thiking about the next one."
"I'm pretty sure every single person in the world is staring at me today"
"This run would have been so much easier to get out the way this morning"
"I think I spend more time planning my running schedule than I do actually running."
"Let's see if I can beat this cyclist up this hill!"
"Maybe I'll just do 5 reps instead of my planned 8. Yes, I think that is a MUCH better idea."
"I LOVE sprint finishes. Until somebody beats me in one at the end of a 10k!"
"Typically the day of the year that I first choose to go out in running tights there is am autumn heatwave."
"All the foods!"
"I'm flying today. Must look great. *checks reflection in shop window". Nope!"
"Why can I run for hours on the streets, but last about 14 minutes on a treadmill?"
"Why didn't I put vaseline on my nipples? Why?"
"Does anybody else get the same line from a song going round and round in their head for the entire run?"
"Thank goodness for age gradings!"
"I wish there were such a thing as a race photo that didn't make it look as though I were walking"
"Half the reason I run so much is so I can eat more. Actually, it's probably more like 3/4 the reason why I run"
"Why does my HRM say my heart rate is 280bpm? I've only just stepped out the door."
"If you don't record a session on your watch it doesn't count"
"I wonder if people look at me running when I'm doing an easy run and think I'm running as hard as I can"