Silent running

I think that I must have forgotten to turn off runkeeper this morning, because when I went to put my gadget on this evening for the run home, the battery was completely dead.  So I ran home accompanied only by my own thoughts.  I’ve become so used to listening to music and audiobooks as I run, that I’d forgotten how very random my thoughts really are.  They flit around from subject to subject, and rarely manage to stay focussed on any topic long enough to exhaust it.

I was talking to a long distance runner at the weekend who says she can entertain herself for hours on a Sunday morning playing fantasy lottery winner.  I started to play that this evening, but hadn’t even thought of one scenario before my brain had flitted off to something else.

Oh well.  I managed to keep running (level crossings and traffic lights aside) for 9km, which is my longest run to date.  Hurrah!


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A Bradypus or Sloth am I, I live a life of ease, contented not to do or die but idle as I please; ... [Michael Flanders and Donald Swann]
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9 Responses to Silent running

  1. oldbagrunning says:

    9km! well done 🙂
    my marathon training book for non-runners focuses quite heavily on things to do to take your mind off the fact that you are running 26 miles LOL
    one few of them is:
    go through the alphabet and for each letter find a word or phrase which makes you happy or proud about your running, works quite well, except I usually lose track around ‘k’ 😀

  2. Maggiee says:

    There’s is NO WAY I could possibly remain focused on any one thing in particular for any longer than a couple of minutes… at the most!… when running. But I also love that feeling of just running with your mind wandering where ever sometimes. Not sure I could go 26 miles without music though… think that would be too much! 🙂

  3. Maggiee says:

    PS… woop woop 9k! 🙂

  4. fortnightflo says:

    9k that’s fantastic well done! Agree about random thoughts – I flit from subject to subject and by the time I get home either remember it all and think it would make a boring blog, or think it would make great blogging but forget it! V annoying that runkeeper takes up so much battery if you leave it on – bah to modern technology, give me a dynamo any day!

  5. fortnightflo says:

    PS how do you get all your run widgest on the right hand side of your blog??

  6. Cath Unsworth says:

    Fantasy lottery winner can keep me entertained for hours, but it’s easier with access. Still, it has got me through 3am-5am (sans Internet) on a large number of occasions. I start with the flooring and work from there. Rarely get above the skirting board…

  7. jensruns2011 says:

    Yay! Well done on your 9K! I find it very difficult to stay focussed on anything for very long when running too – apart from how far I still have to go! 🙂

  8. shazruns says:

    I’m a flitter too and sometimes find myself thinking about things and wondering how I got to that topic, find it quite entertaining then to back track through my thoughts to find the route they have taken, usually that is a very convaluted route and amuses me by its randomness and in turn another mile passes

  9. Woohoo 9K… Bupa 10K here you come!
    It does feel weird running without audiofuel when you get so used to it. When I tried it I still found myself chanting (silently thankfully) ‘feet to the beat… one two three four..’!

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