This post is in response to Christina’s Running Question Challenge.
What top three things do you do to help pass the time while running?
This depends on where I’m running. I do 99.9% of my training alone and during the week this will be early morning (04:00 – 06:00). The week runs are on the road through the suburbs but on weekends I do some runs on trails in nature reserves in our area. I don’t think I’ve got a top three, but here’s what I do most of the time.
(1.) I make sure I relax. Even when I’m pushing it I’ll still make sure to stay relaxed.
(2.) I focus on upcoming races and specific things to try and train for. For instance, I focus on how and where I carry water, gels and other food/drinks/goodies. Sometimes I’ll carry something on a short run just to make sure it doesn’t bother me where and how I carry it.
(3.) I think about work and how to solve any problems I might be dealing with. Sometimes I solve problems while running.
(4.) I never look at my watch and always estimate my pace. At the end I’ll stop and look at my watch to see how far off or how correct my pacing was. During a run I often think about what pace I’m doing. I haven’t looked at my watch during a run for many, many years now. I only take my total time and don’t even have a watch that can take splits.
(5.) On trails I concentrate on running technical parts and downhill faster. I also take in the nature around me. That’s why I run trails as well. It brings me close to nature. I love the bush and wildlife.
(6.) I sometimes count wildflowers if the trail and season offers them. I always do this when hiking, but running can make this difficult.
Enjoy your running and thinking!