Okay, what am I talking about.
Really it is me, not my iPhone.
I think too much! My mind is constantly thinking, analyzing and running and just doesn’t stop. This is something I didn’t realize until I started running, especially my long runs.
As I run, I am constantly thinking. It didn’t used to be that bad. But lately I think about EVERYTHING regarding my run.
- Where am I going?
- How far will I be running?
- How am I feeling?
- Am I running too fast?
- Am I running too slow?
Yesterday I tried an experiment. I’ve talked about this before on my blog some, but I wanted to really put this into practice. I really wanted miles yesterday. I took off Monday. Tuesday I ran 2 miles. Yes, 2 miles. Tons of things got in the way of my run. I finally got out and started way too fast. Then as I was at the 1 mile mark, I got a warning that serious storms were coming. So I stopped and just couldn’t get started again.
So, yesterday it was important to me to not only do my run, but try to make up for some of Tuesday’s miles. I left my house and began to run. I thought about how I was feeling, would I be able to run further, was I starting out too fast, etc.
Finally I just stopped thinking and began running. I started looking at the trees, grass, houses. I ran at what ever pace I felt good. I ignored my pace, I ignored how far I went, I ignored everything.
It was great. I ended up running over 9 miles. The most weekday miles in one run ever. At mile seven I started getting thirsty, but I kept going. It was cooler, which really helped.
It was awesome.
Okay, how does my iPhone hurt my running? I didn’t start my constant thinking until I got my iPhone. I notice that I am always looking at it. I pull it out at stop lights. I look at it during meetings. I am constantly distracted by it. My mind never stops. It doesn’t even stop at night. I wake up in the middle of the night and my mind is reeling. Moving at the speed of light.
So I am going to try to ween myself from my phone. I need it, but I am going to try to no look at it as much. I am going to try to stop the distractions, the bombardment of all that is happening in virtual world.
Funny, but I would not have put two and two together without my need to be able to run far. To be able to get into the zone. To be able to not think. I never thought I would say that I don’t want to think.
I need a break from my mind. I am starting with my iPhone.