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Thoughts During A Half Marathon

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[Optional] Topic for this week: Does your mind wander? What do you think about when you run or workout?

It all depends on when, where and why I’m running.

There are times when my mind problem solves. There are times when there are literally blank. There are times when I take in the beauty of running outside (those thoughts happen most often with trail running) or I write an entire blog post and just hope that I can remember at least half of it when I sit down at the computer.

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No doubts. Running. Determination. Never giving up. Courage.With a whole lot of smiles.

6:30 start time is awesome. Seeing the sunrise over the water is breathtaking.

Total focus on the here and now. No goals. No time. Wait! I can’t focus.

[Unexpected last minute trip to the port-a-potty and] no time to find my dad before the start. There he is. [insert smile] Quick hug and a kiss. That’s better.

Now I can focus. Finish strong and enjoy the run. [Insert Smile]

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Visualize it. See the finish.

[On a scenic highway coast] the sunrise is beautiful.

I’m feeling stronger than ever.

Get in the zone. Total focus.

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Uh oh. No good can ever come after that (photo taken later in the day after the race).

You’ve got this. Just get to the top.

You’re handing out cups of beer? The thought of drinking a beer right now is nauseating!

Man that was hard! I hope there isn’t another freakin’ hill.

[Half and full split] If given the choice would I want to turn right? LOL I’m glad I’m not turning right.

Thank you spectator but you’re saying “almost there” way too early!

[Seeing a t-shirt with before and after photos and NEVER AGAIN printed under it] I should tell him how cool his shirt is (later in the race I did).

There are a lot of people wearing Newtons. I didn’t like the lugs on the bottom.

[Mile 11] My legs are done. What happened? 2 hills that’s what happened. I pushed it on the 2 hills and that decision has caught up with me. You need to train more on hills. You don’t like them but you have to run them. 

I’m ok with this. Just run. [insert smile]

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Visualize it. You worked all year for this. [insert smile]

Remember, finish strong and enjoy the run. [yes, insert another smile]

[Crossing the finish line with fists in the air, tears in my eyes] thank you body for not giving up on me mentally or physically.

[Final thought] BRING ON 2015!

This whole year has culminated in this race. After an injury in August of 2013 there was recovery. Re-injury that nobody could explain. Recovery. In February I was cleared to run without restrictions, but I didn’t totally return to running. I chose to run less and focus on imbalances and getting stronger. It was the right thing to do.

I trained smart. I ran less to run better.

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I think this quote sums up running in 2014 nicely.

As hard as this year has been. I never gave up! I didn’t quit.

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Do you notice other runner’s shoes during a race? Do you chat with the other runners?

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  1. Love the thoughts that go through your head in a race! And love the quote! I totally notice other runners shoes, and I know other ladies do too when I get a “nice shoes!” and glance over to see my shoe’s twin pair running next to me. I love chatting with other runners towards the end of a race it’s great motivation!

  2. Great way to recap a race, I love how random our thoughts can be when running:)
    I also dislike when spectators say the “almost there” when you know your no where near it, I always find that funny when they say it.
    I am always noticing runners shoes, I don’t know why but I do look around to see what others are wearing:) Congrats on your finish!!!

    1. Thanks Kristy. What is it about our curiosity with other runner’s shoes haha! And the almost there? If I’m really tired and ready to be done sometimes I think to myself “sure, easy for you to say” or “maybe from where you’re standing”. Joking of course…kinda

  3. I think about whatever is on my mind– when I run I think about the people who I might see or how many miles are left 🙂 Looking forward to getting back into racing post baby in the spring!! I’m a little scared about it already

    1. You’ll be back in no time Laura! It might not feel like it in the beginning but it doesn’t seem to take as long as it feels like it’s going to. Does that even make sense? You know what I mean haha 🙂

  4. You sound quite sane compared to my internal ramblings during a race! Yes, I notice a lot of other runners and I’m constantly talking to myself!! This is a great pots/link-up! I’ll have to join next time…

    1. I talk to myself too! If you decide to join the #fitfam the optional topic for next week will be on my sidebar on Friday.

      Have a wonderful day Allie!

  5. I love how you inserted those smiles! Running is quite a mental challenge so having a positive and happy attitude about it will take you wherever you want! (Insert smile) 😉

    1. Thank you Elsie. I smiled a lot during that race. I wonder if people thought it was strange 🙂

      The mental side of running is sometimes so much harder than the physical. I’ve learned so much about myself this year.

  6. That’s funny…spectator….much like the one that says this is the last hill…NOT! I love that you never gave up and are ready To Bring on 2015 stronger than ever!! #inspiration

    1. Thanks Diane. 2015 is going to be my running year!

      OMG I appreciate the spectators so so much but almost there and last hill is usually not either! Makes me crazy 🙂

  7. Congrats on your race! I loved this post and loved reading about all of your thoughts! I can relate to so many of them. I just signed up to run a half in May and am so excited. I’ve only ran one half marathon and it was 5 years ago! I’m definitely not in great running shape now, but I’m taking it very slowly as I eventually work myself up to the race!

    1. Thank you. You’re going to rock your training and the 13.1 Melanie! I’m going to cheer you on 🙂

  8. lol. i talk to so many people during races… only to find out later that they were wearing head phones. ha! 🙂

  9. During races, and that’s typically just 5ks, I have a clear mind. It is my chance for complete and total escape. I don’t have to be anything but a woman running and that’s an amazing time, even if it’s less than thirty minutes. I think your thoughts are awesome and I love that you have shared them here with us. I don’t know that I notice others shoes but I may now. 🙂 I have chatted once on a run but that was a long grueling run and it helped a bit but usually in a 5K I don’t.

    1. I rarely chat during a race except with myself. Now that you mention it I think during the 5 and maybe the 10Ks my mind is clear from the start to the finish. Interesting.

  10. And that’s exactly what running is all about! You believed and you did it! Many people run for years without ever feeling the runner’s high.

    1. Thank you Christine! Running all these years and I’m only now learning the meaning behind why I run.

  11. I am so happy for you and that smile on your face in that last picture is PRICELESS! Sending you a BIG hug and high-five from Houston! XOXO

  12. During a race, I don’t talk with anyone! I just get into a zone and run. I loved reading your thoughts. It’s always interesting to see what other people think about when they run. Great idea for a link up!

    And congrats on a great race!

    1. Thank you Wendy. I rarely chat during a race. Except to myself. Miles and an inner dialogue all the way to the finish 🙂

  13. I don’t really notice shoes during a race, but I do notice running outfits. Have you ever noticed how no two runners seem to wear the same thing!! Jut I thought I have while running a half marathon.

    1. I haven’t noticed that but now that I think about it you’re right. Have you ever noticed that a particular brand stands out at each race? This race it was Lulu.

  14. I really can’t stand when spectators tell you “almost there” when it’s WAY too soon! Obviously I know they are trying to help and I appreciate any support I can get, but it totally kills me when people say that! Sounds like an awesome race to me!!

    1. Me too Michele! I know they mean well and I truly appreciate it but there almost there is rarely a true almost there 🙂

  15. I only ever did one half-marathon, but I know there is one thing I did NOT think during the event – “I will not finish” – I always knew I’d finish. I do remember doing lots of looking around and sightseeing, as I’d never see San Francisco from the views I got during the race.

    1. Running in San Francisco sightseeing would be a must! It’s my all time favorite city.

  16. Oh I always notice peoples shoes on a run. There are way too many cute ones out there! Loved your post, I have had similar thoughts on a long run myself. 😉

    1. Thank you Bri. Do you ever notice that for each race there is a particular brand that stands out? This time it was Newtons. Newtons everywhere!

  17. I always check out what other runners are wearing and not just on their feet. If something looks really good, I’ll ask. I love talking about running gear…even more when I’m running! Thanks for the link up. It was fun 🙂

    1. Me too Amy! I’ve found that runners wearing Lulu and Athleta love to talk about what they’re wearing 🙂

  18. I’m so happy that you are able to run again pain free and happy!!!
    I always check out everything around me when running – shirts, shoes….

    1. Hi Kim. Pain free and happy seems like something a not-so-fast runner would appreciate. KWIM? But, when you work so hard and come so far how can you not appreciate it? Do you think elite runners ever run just to enjoy the experience of running?

  19. I actually write posts in my head when I am running too… Most of the time I am coaching myself and trying to get to my happy place where I’m not really thinking too much to enjoy my run. Congrats on a great finish!

  20. Great post and way to finish strong! I hate hills and need to train on them more as well! Awesome medal!!

  21. Strangely, I remember feeling so ENERGIZED when I ran my half marathon. it is simply amazing to see all the people that come to support runners during a race!

    1. Alysia, the race atmosphere is so energizing! You can feel the excitement and anticipation in the air. And the spectators are so appreciated 🙂

  22. How fun! One of the reason’s I love Disney races is the fact that there are so many costumes to look at and take your mind off things 🙂

  23. This was so inspiring to read. What a journey you have been through, and i am so happy that your race was as wonderful as it should have been. I admire your tenacity, willpower, gusto, all that ‘never give up’ and ‘dream big’ attitude that shines from you all the time. Love how you caught even the little thoughts too!

    1. Thanks my friend. There were times when I thought about giving up. It’s just not in me.

  24. Smiling and keeping my mind on the finish line helps to keep me pushing forward and looking like I’m enjoying it! Don’t get me wrong, I love to run, some days are just harder than others. 🙂

    1. You’re right Fawn. Some days are hard but we just keep pushing through. Do people think it’s strange to see a runner running with a big grin in their face? The reason might not be apparent to a non-runner 🙂

  25. I especially love people watching during a race. I like to see who is running around me. And occasionally I have inner commentary about what they might be thinking 🙂

    1. The medal is very big and unusually heavy. Shoes are in my daughter’s blood too. I wonder where she gets that from 🙂

  26. I love early start times for races, except when it is really cold outside. Congrats on a wonderful race Jill and getting back out there. 2015 will be your year after so many setbacks the last few. You have been so smart about getting back into running properly. Enjoy that beautiful medal and the memories from Sunday!

    1. Thank you Pam. If only smart didn’t take so much patience 🙂 2015 will be my running year!

  27. I have a ton of thoughts that run through my head- they range from how beautiful the scenery is to self doubt to feeling triumphant once I cross the finish line!

    1. Me too Annmarie. Many many thoughts. But, for the last 2 races I’ve had no self doubt. Boom!

  28. I always think its crazy when I see people handing out beer during a race! I never feel like having any while I am running, although when I am done it usually sounds good! My husband has taken the free beer on the course a few times and I always shake my head that he can do that! (Usually its when he is already having a bad race…)

    1. The thought of a beer during (and after) is so far far from appealing. I always give my free beer ticket to a friend who is quite the opposite. #beeranytime haha

  29. yeah, I’m a mind wanderer . . . . . some of the best thinking, creative inspiration and revelations made during a run.

    1. Running is definitely my best thinking time. Now if only I could find a way to remember all of my thoughts and ideas when I get home 🙂

  30. I do notice other people’s shoes! Especially in the start corrals, I check them all out, see if anyone’s wearing the same as me. I have never been thrilled about a 6:30am start, though!!

    1. Carly, what is your favorite start time?

      That’s why I look at shoes too. And there always seems to be a particular brand that stands out at each race. This race it was Newtons. Newtons were everywhere!

  31. I don’t know about a 6:30 start time! I do visualize the finish as well. I too was out with numerous injuries in 2014 here’s to a better, healthier 21015 for both of us 🙂 #dishthefit

  32. Love this post and great job in the half Jill! I always think it is interesting to know what other people think about when they run, such a fun topic! I read people’s shirts a lot when I am running behind them… there are some really good ones outs there, and I especially like the ones that have words of encouragement on them! 🙂

    1. Me too Sarah! Do you ever comment to people about their shirt? I wonder if they think it’s weird when I do?

      1. Haha. I don’t usually say anything, just smile to myself. But one time this lady I was randomly running next to told another lady we passed that she liked her shirt and she then ran off, and they both had the same bible verse on the back of their shirts, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” – I thought that was pretty neat.

  33. Awesome job at the race! Hills are terrible. I don’t really train on them, but after my race I was dying haha. I love that you finished and thanked your body for letting you finish 🙂

  34. Forget during a race…I notice people’s shoes, AND running form, ALL OF THE TIME. I work in a gym, so I’m constantly analyzing people and their running form, haha. Habits of a chronic runner ? 😉

    1. Geeky runner here that is fascinated with running form! Heel strike? Long stride? Forward lean? Arm swing? I notice it all haha!

  35. I love how you said unexpected trip to the porta potty. I am literally ALWAYS needing it before a race, even if the door just closed on the one I just exited hahah!

    Anyway, on to more important things, what a WONDERFUL race for you, and I loved the way you recapped this! Mine would definitely not be as pretty hahah! I noticed some really stupid things at chicago, when I should have been concentrating! As for that quote, that is one of my favorites of ALL TIME!

    1. Tina, one of the things I thought about was you. Not in a creepy stalker way I promise. Curious. Do elite runners ever run for the simple joy of running? Is it always about the clock? Do you ever run just for the experience of running and no thoughts of the finish time or the race you’re training for? KWIM?

  36. Ha, I talked about this the other day–I totally sit there and try to guess people’s shoes as we are running. I’m pretty good at that. I tend to think in cycles when I run–similar thoughts over and over. And lots of “dude, you have just x more to go, you got this.”

    1. Interesting. I don’t think I have similar thoughts over and over. Just one long dialogue in my head 🙂

  37. I hope you had a great time in Florida! WE need to meet on your next trip here 🙂 Yes I look at runners shoes, their running outfit, I look at it all – why not? I figure people are looking at me too! Sometimes I chat with other runners- that usually happens when I am in line for the bathroom. Thanks for the link up!

    1. Where do you live in FL? I would love to meet up during my next visit. Haha I always chat in line to go to the bathroom. Nervous energy and just standing there 🙂

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