Lots of self talk was done on today's 10:30am humid and hot 8 miler. I am finding that I am a runner who does not feel in their stride until mile 3 or 4. Those first few miles I struggle to get moving and it feels like a super long warm up. Around mile 7 I'm at my best and felt like I can go another 3 or 4 miles which is a great feeling, I just want those first few miles to feel easy.
During those first few miles I talk to myself about how great it will feel once I complete the run and how disappointed I will be with myself if I quit. My competitive nature sets in once I hit the lakefront and I am surrounded by other runners. I start to play a game with myself to keep moving a little quicker. This might sound crazy but I pick a runner in the distance and try to catch up to them, settle back into a good stride and go again. It helps me keep going when I am by myself. I love running with friends but sometimes its super therapeutic and mind clearing to run alone. I have tried meditation a few times in the past and I can't quite quiet my mind. WIthin moments of sitting I either have physically moved on or mentally I am thinking of the thousands of things I can or need to be doing. Running is the one place I find that I really don't think about anything. When I get home from a run I can honestly tell you I thought about nothing for the majority of my run, it leaves me reenergized and relaxed. Ask the husband, I am a much happier person after a good run and if I am upset or angry a run can usually do the trick.
Bring a $20. What if you get a "flat tire" as my client says and you just can't make it home...TAXI.
Bring your phone (I don't always do this, but I should)
A form of ID. Bring your license, student ID or even better pick up a roadID. I lIke the shoe ID because you don't even know you have it on. The roadID is amazing because it not only includes your name but has a few lines to include emergency contact info, address, allergies and I've seen some with motivational phrases on them. If you have a loved one or friend that runs this is a nice little and very thoughtful gift.
What do you bring with you on a run? Do you prefer to run with friends or alone?