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