What to do while running…

In Jeff Galloway’s apps, they include voice-over messages from Jeff himself.  Messages about diet, tips on pacing and form, countdowns, and inspiration. The one message that has been repeated a few times in my workouts is something to the effect that running is the meeting of the body, mind, and spirit.

Yeah…okay I don’t know that I’m the best example of that. I’m kinda like those talking dogs in the movie “Up” when mid-sentence they’ll sniff and yell, “SQUIRREL” and their attention is elsewhere. I try to focus on my pace, or my breathing, or whatnot, and the next thing you know I’m wondering what in the world Galloway means by fill my lower lungs (how can you tell?) and that is quickly followed by thoughts of “do those people driving by think I look like a runner or just a fool?”  I’ve clearly not achieved a zen state during runs.

In light of that – and trying to focus myself – I thought I’d try to find “things to do while running” – both serious and humorous…..so here goes with my first portion of that list:

Things to do while running (in no particular numerical order)

#1 Find a mantra and keep repeating it.

Galloway recommends things like “My legs are strong.”  My recommendations? Something like “There are Hershey’s Kisses at home” or “What the hell am I doing?”  Try not to focus on negative statements (like “Ouch, ouch”) as that can totally bum you out after a few tenths of a mile.

#2 Remember the lessons from Zombieland.

I’m easily freaked out by zombies and movies about them. But the main character in Zombieland points out early in the movie that cardio is one key to surviving a zombie attack. Thus – I figure I’m managing to keep up my stamina by running. And if I don’t encourage too many of my friends to run with me – I’ll have slower friends to hang with (and bump off first) in case of a zombie attack.

#3 Learn to be a human tape measure

My husband is very good at estimating distances when he’s running and even walking. It’s as if his Garmin watch has embedded some of its GPS capabilities within his DNA.

I’m not quite there yet. I know some basic distances on my usual routes – and I’m well aware of the 4 mile loop in our neighborhood.  But more often then not, I’ll look at my Nike+, note the distance, and then a few minutes later look again and wonder why the distance has changed very little.  “What do you mean I’ve only gone .006 of a mile?? Stupid app. I’m sweating and moving here and you don’t think I’ve moved an inch!”


Okay – not quite what Galloway has in mind…..but I’m still out there – and I’m still….SQUIRREL!


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