Thinking on a Run

What do you think about when you’re running?thinking on a run

Today I thought about one thing and one thing only – FOOD.

I think my body is still on island time (aka East coast time) and thought I accidentally missed the breakfast buffet because I was starving this morning.

First, I just kept thinking about what I wanted for breakfast, then lunch. When I started planning my breakfast for the entire week I knew I was in trouble. I ate the energy chews I brought with me, but that wasn’t cutting it.

Finally, I called it a day at mile 12 and called in back up. I called Ben to come pick me up and I headed straight for the kitchen.

Unfortunately, our fridge is pretty bare since we’ve been gone all week. I made a smoothie and toast with cream cheese and jam. IMG_0420

I also ate the hummus and pita chips my mom sent me home with last night when she picked us up from the airport. And by “ate” I mean, “scarfed them down like a homeless dog in a dumpster behind a restaurant”.

And this smoothie with protein powder, frozen berries, almond milk and chia seeds. I topped it with granola for crunchy goodness too. IMG_0422

I remember reading a poll a long time ago that said the top things runners think about while running, is something like:

1. Food

2. Work

3. Sex

Question: What do you think about when you run or work out?


  1. says

    i’d say that list is pretty accurate. not sure about the order though hahah. i think about my writing a lot too. essays for schools and even blog posts!

  2. says

    I try not to think about the food I want to eat until I’m near the end of the run. Sometimes in the beginning, I remind myself of some of the naughty things I’ve eaten lately to inspire myself on the run. Otherwise, I’m just singing along to the music or observing the passer-bys.

  3. says

    Definitely food. When T.I.’s song “Whatever You Like” came out a few years ago, I changed the words to “You can EAT whatever you like!” and would sing it to myself while running. I still do this sometimes, and plan my many post-runs meals. :) Which reminds me, I think I sing songs in my head a lot while running, but my mind always begins to wander and I never finish the song. Is that strange?!?!

  4. says

    When I run, I’m normally thinking about how much pain I’m in.. and how long it is until I can stop. 😉 Yesterday though I was thinking about life goals.. and how I want to get there. When a good song comes on I am usually singing the words in my head and trying to avoid doing goofy arm movements. 😀

  5. says

    It’s funny, but I usually choreograph moves for my Zumba class.. multitasking at its finest. If I’m not listening to a Zumba song, I usually try to plan my day, but I end up zoning out most of the time.

  6. says

    Oh man, FOOD, too. I made the mistake of doing a long run on a treadmill today while watching the Food Network. Bad idea, yo. I was starving the whole time!

    Today at various points in my treadmill 15-miler I wanted: beer, kiddie juice boxes, smoothies, cookies, peanut butter, cake, pie, and brownies. Bad news.

  7. Dynamics says

    I do not run but I am trying to conquer this mountain. My thoughts are, OMG, I am going to die. How Fricken high is mountain. Oh shit, damn lizard scared me to death. Oh no, coyote tracks. My knee hurts. Can we please turn around. Come on you can do it. You are almost there. OMG … I made it. I made it!! Somebody call 911 and have the helicopter come and pick me up. Pleasseeeeee!!!

  8. says

    thats hilarious. I think about sex while working out! But thats probs because I am reading Cosmo’s sex articles while on the elliptical…so I know I look like a predator LMAO.

  9. Jess says

    On this morning’s 5K I actually thought about whether I’ll ever be able to a) run without stopping for walk breaks (I currently run 5 min, walk 1 min) and b) if I will ever get under a 10 minute mile. I think it’s random I almost always think about running when I run. Almost never food, I hate the idea of food when I run.

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