Saturday, August 14, 2010

I wonder...

When I'm out running sometimes I start thinking about some really deep, heavy stuff.


Like:
What is the meaning of life?
What are my dreams and aspirations?
What will I be remembered for?
Did I make an impact on anyone's life?


I also reflect on my past, decisions I've made and I think about whether or not I'd do things differently now. Well, on Sunday when I was riding my bike I started thinking about running and how much my life has changed since I became a runner. Two years ago I would have never dreamed of getting on my bike if it was 99F outside but there I was pedaling my little heart out and loving every minute of it. Two years ago if it was hot or it made me uncomfortable then I wouldn't think of doing something, something like biking...or running. 

Sometimes I get mad at myself for not getting my sh!t together sooner. I wish I had tried running, really running, when I was younger. But then I also wonder if I had tried it when I was younger, if I would have enjoyed it? Part of me thinks that I found running when the time was right for me and that's why it's been so special and I can really appreciate it. Maybe if I were younger I would have taken it for granted? Either way, I'm thankful for it now and I guess that's what really counts.

I guess I never really come to any conclusions from all this thinking but it definitely keeps my runs interesting...of course, I also have runs where I blast the music and think of nothing but the words to "Rock Your Body" by the Black Eyed Peas. Hey, I can't be Ghandi everyday.

What about you? Do you ever have deep thoughts like that when you run? And if so, have you figured out the meaning of life yet? Because I'd appreciate you dropping me some hints.


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14 comments:

Christine said...

Back when I used to run before, ipods had not been invented, so my thoughts were typical teenage (boys) stuff- not the meaning of life. Since I've started running again, my thoughts so far have a lot of '@*#%^' in them and a little 'O-shit- was that a snake!?' and 'What was that!? What if it was a rabid groundhog? Do I have enough in me to run for my life!?' and once I pondered,'What if a deer comes booking across the path and runs right into me? Matt Lauer survived...I probably would...' I can't wait to get into some deeper thinking and not so much thinking about how hard it is right now.

P said...

Most of my runs are spent singing along to the music or picturing a huge victory on race day. I save the deep thoughts for when I'm trying to fall asleep, and no, I haven't come up with any answers yet. :P

Shelley said...

Ahhh, the old wishing you'd gotten your sh*t together sooner...I know it well. But I think everything comes together at certain times in our lives for things to work...that's just something I've had to accept after losing so much weight, instead of berating myself for waiting so long (and believe me, I've done enough of that).

As for deep thoughts while I run - haha, crazy thoughts are more like it! Sometimes I will fixate on an old memory and then all sorts of bizarre things will pop up in my head. I actually like it when that happens because I tend to lose track of time and the miles go by faster.

Alee said...

I occasionally do this too. I also sometimes think about big conversations or changes I know are upcoming and try to imagine how they will go. Mostly I jam to BEP... :)

Quinton J said...

Yeah...I have deep thoughts...see my post from yesterday...

http://qonthemove.blogspot.com/2010/08/deep-thoughts-with-q.html

Adrienne said...

It's helpful when you are as slow as me you have more time to figure out life's mysteries. I actually do know the meaning of life so I don't think about that :) I always like to say. "A time and a season for everything" which probably means you found running or it found you when you needed it.

S Club Mama said...

I think a lot about my boys' futures. Mostly the near future with my older son, like will he talk better in a year? I think about my week and what I did well and not-so-well...

Anne said...

Great post. My mind is either blank or I'm counting my steps...and sometimes I just enjoy my surroundings. Rarely does my mind become very involved when I run.

Leah B. said...

I totally know how you feel! Sometimes I do this too. For me though, I try to only think about happy, light, encouraging, etc things while I run. If I think about things that are sad or negative, I slow down and I literally feel like my body is more fatigued. So, I try to keep it happy! It's crazy what my mind does!! Or, I just space out and sing to my ipod!!

Megan said...

When I run by myself, it gives me time to work things out, stuff at home, work whatever is going on,.

Lauren @ Team Giles said...

I love "running thoughts"... its my brains time to mentally organize everything in my head. And jammin' to "Rock your body" is great too ;) A BEP fav of mine is "Party all night", my dog and I jump around the house to that.

lowandbeholdblog.com said...

Usually I'm either thinking about how much the run sucks or how awesome I feel and whether or not I can take a nap afterwards. Sometimes I think about what I want to eat later, haha. If I'm having a really good in-the-zone run then I do tend to think about deeper stuff, but unfortuately I still haven't figured out the meaning of life either :)

lowandbeholdblog.com said...

Usually I'm either thinking about how much the run sucks or how awesome I feel and whether or not I can take a nap afterwards. Sometimes I think about what I want to eat later, haha. If I'm having a really good in-the-zone run then I do tend to think about deeper stuff, but unfortuately I still haven't figured out the meaning of life either :)

FruitFly said...

I, too, think to myself how I wish I would have started running when I was younger. Maybe I'd be faster and better now if I had started then? But who knows. I also wonder if I subconsciously knew I was longing for more independence and a way to escape my current situation, so I took it up.

When I run I always get so inspired to write. I have masterpieces created in my head. Brilliant ideas of things to say and do. By the time I get home ... it vanishes. Its like once the Garmin comes off the ideas fly out the window!