Thinking about Running

There’s a workout that’s been on my schedule from my coach for 3 weeks. 5 by 600s. It’s not a hard workout. I could do it on a track, or on a trail. I could do it pretty much any time. But I haven’t done it and it’s going on three weeks that I haven’t done it. This weekend, I apologized to my coach for not doing that workout for the second week in a row. I’m usually highly reliable and I get my workouts done and done properly most of the time. The last two weeks have been different. In addition to the 5 by 600s, I cut a long run short and, rather than doing a slow run with 3 minute pick ups, I ran tempo. This is highly unlike me. My coach (hi, Coach) will attest to this – I run what I’m assigned to run.

He and I were discussing my recent episode of noncompliance. I told him I simply didn’t have an explanation for why. I wasn’t tired, I was enjoying running, the workout wasn’t hard. I just didn’t do it. He said something that has stuck with me ever since – “It’s your time not to think”.

That’s really what it is. Running is my time not to think. When everything else is crazy, I love getting lost in the run. I like the freedom of not thinking. I have an academic job and I’m a therapist, so I spend way too much of my life thinking. Add on work stress, a broken stove (sigh), and some other random events, and my need to not think gets even more important. I didn’t run an easy workout because I needed not to think more than I needed the workout. Running is my time not to think.

Sometimes don’t we all just need to get lost in the woods?

One thought on “Thinking about Running

  1. Sounds like a good workout, Dr. Rachel. You should do it! This has me flashing back to a certain college track workout (12 x 400 meters; all at 60 seconds or faster) that was always a lot of “fun.”

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