Silence Fell

It takes a lot to shut my brain up.   Usually only sleep and even then not so much.   I can never do just one thing at a time.  I usually like to have multiple things happening at once because focusing on one thing just seems silly.  My mother would tell you that’s how I avoid things.

Even running, my brain is never silent.  I run thinking all the while how hard it feels.  Or on good days, how easy it feels.  I think about my shoes or how my shorts fit.  Do I look funny in this outfit?  What am I going to eat for dinner?  Do I want to cheat or be good?  How can I talk about this run in a blog post?  Is it even worthy of that? Oh look, there’s that person who glares at me every time we pass each other.  What did I do?  How was work?  What more do I have to get done tomorrow, have things been going ok or do I need to make adjustments?  When’s that system upgrade happening again? I need to make sure we are ready.  How’s my pace? Am I running too slow or too fast?  And so on and so forth.  For all the miles, all the time.    I just can’t shut up.   🙂IMG_0106Thursday was kind of a funny day.  I had finally listened to my soreness from Firehouse and rested on Tuesday and Wednesday so I was looking forward to getting in a few miles after work.   I was feeling better but still sore- I think the trail re-aggravated my hamstring issue- so I was just aiming for an easy run as opposed to the speed work on the plan.   Previously mentioned system upgrade started that day and I was supposed to attend a business mixer after work but I just didn’t feel I had the capacity to mingle.  I was feeling very off, not cranky but not exactly sociable.   I decided to pass on the mixer and just run.   But I could not decide where to run.  I wasn’t feeling work town so I headed to the lake path.  However when I got there I just kept driving.  Ok, guess I wasn’t feeling that either.  I ended up at the river path and really wasn’t expecting much.  5 miles later, I was done.  IMG_0105I stretched out some and went home.  It wasn’t until later that it hit me, I hadn’t thought of a single thing during that run.   No work thoughts, no blog thoughts, no body thoughts, no life worries, not even any running thoughts, nothing.    I just ran.   And my brain was quiet and calm.  So quiet.

That’s not to say that I was unresponsive to my surroundings.    I remember nodding to everyone I passed.  I looked both ways before crossing each intersection and there were 10.  I dodged a praying mantis and then a stink bug about 20 yards later.   I recall wrinkling my nose and trying not to breathe deeply when the smell from the brewery hit me in the face.*  I saw that the guy driving the lifted Chevy was likely to blow through the cross walk but I wasn’t even mad when he did.    My earphones fell out of my ears but I just put them back in and kept running.  Normally these last few things would piss me off and linger for awhile.   I even changed my route and ran more on the trail than normal just because.  It wasn’t really a conscious decision, I just did it. IMG_0140It was nice to not think.   It really was.  How do I make that happen more often?  I don’t even know what prompted it this time.  🙂       I checked my splits the next day and was pretty pleased with what I saw.  Don’t give mile 4 too much credit, gravity was very helpful.  🙂

Now those annoyances- my headphones.  I recently purchased wireless ear buds because I was tired of getting tangled in my other ones.   The new ones are worse.  I cannot get them to stay in my ears at all.  I know I have odd ears but come on!   I have switched the little rubber pieces 3x.  Ugh.   *The smell- a local brewery is having a little problem so as a result there has been a yeasty stench wafting around town for the last month or so.   Sometimes it hits when you least expect it.   😦

How was your weekend?

Any headphone suggestions?

Ever run yourself silent?

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  1. Sounds amazing. I almost never had runs where I don’t think. I’m constantly buzzing with random thoughts!

    I wear Yurbuds Sport headphones. They have a little hook that goes over your ear and keeps them in place. They are the only headphones I can wear (I have to have that hook!) all other earbuds fall right out of my weird-shaped ears.

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    1. It so nice, I wonder how long I will have to go until I am lucky enough to get another silent run. 🙂

      I have a pair of yurbuds I bought a few years ago but they rarely stayed in my ears. Plus the cord was freaky long. I may have to dig them out for race weekend though. That is if I can find them. 🙂

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  2. I struggle with my headphones – but I’m glad you didn’t let that stop you!

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    1. Oh these are horrible, I would never recommend them to someone. I may try to return them. 😦

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  3. Jane Likes to Run says:

    I use the cheap $10 ear candy ear buds and they work as good as anything else that I’ve tried. It’s funny, but I think of nothing at all when I run. sometimes I try to think about things because I hear all these stories about people solving their life problems on the run. But I can’t do it! My mind just wants to turn off for that one part of my day.

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    1. I get funny looks when people find out that I still use the ear buds that came with my iPhone a few years ago. I just hate them less than the others I guess. I hear those stories too and wonder how they do that. I may be thinking all through out my run but rarely retain much of it. Maybe I should run with a notepad? Ha!

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  4. I try not to think while I run, and just lose myself but this is sadly rare…I have ear phones that wrap over my ear. I got them at my local running store, but am not sure of the brand…I’ll check for you!

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    1. Not thinking was so nice but maybe it is only so nice because it is rare? Thanks, I think I may have to go with pair that has one of those hook/loops over the ear. It might be the only way they stay in!

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  5. DarlinRae says:

    I’m glad you were able to switch off your inner noise. I have a major problem with that too. I’ve been meaning to purchase some wireless earbuds, so if you find some good ones, let us know! And also, I run by a brewery on most of my runs, but I love the malty smell that usually emanates from it–no yeast problems that I know of!

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    1. I could handle a malty smell, this reeks! They have admitted they have a problem and are working on correcting it and for the most part I can ignore it. It’s just been super windy here lately so every now and again, it hits you. I actually find it kind of funny but a bunch of people are ticked. As for ear buds, I am scoping out the options online, fingers crossed!

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  6. Hanna @ TheMillennialNextDoor says:

    I do think about stuff when I run, but it’s just random thoughts bouncing around up there and once the run is over they’re gone. I would liken it to a dream: at the time of the dream you know you’re dreaming, but once you wake up you can’t remember 90% of it because it doesn’t stick in your memory. That’s how my run thoughts are. I always wished I could be like those people who talk about having their best ideas and greatest epiphanies on runs, but oh well. It is what it is.

    I have a regular old pair of ear buds. I’ve just learned to tolerate the dangling cord. I don’t run with music that often.

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    1. Great description! There are times I come up with what I think are great ideas or blog posts on my run but can barely remember any of it when I sit down to write.
      For the most part I can deal with the cord but it goes wrong, it goes really wrong, I tend to almost throw my phone. Unintentionally. Plus now that I upgraded my phone, it is harder to get in my belt with the headphones. But these are not major problems at all.

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  7. I love the “silent” running days. I don’t have them as often as I would like. I have similar thoughts as well. Lately they’ve been around, “how am I ever going to be able to run any further?!”

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    1. Oh, I still have that thought every run. I always start by telling myself I only have to run 3. If I am miserable after 3, I will let myself quit. Sometimes I forget to take into account how far I am from start though.

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  8. charissarunning says:

    I constantly have thoughts running through my mind when I run too. It’s really hard to turn them off. I’ve only had a few runs where my brain just turns off but it’s so random when it happens, I have no idea how to make it happen more :/
    I could never find good earphones for my ears either… so I just started running without music. It was hard at first but now I’m used to it!

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    1. Yeah, I don’t recall doing anything differently that day so I am not sure what prompted such a peaceful run. I’ll just have to live on the memories for a while. 🙂
      Sometimes I feel like I hardly listen to the music but I still like it there. Plus now that I have finally learned how to use Siri from the headphones, they can be pretty useful when I have to text while running. 🙂

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  9. tanyaruns says:

    If you want to invest in a good pair I 100% recommend the Bose sport headphones. If you don’t want to spend that much the Yurbuds are a great alternative. Glad to hear you had a great run!!

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    1. I had a pair of Yurbuds with a cord that I didn’t like but I have been hearing good things about the wireless so I may check those out. I would love a pair of Bose but I am so abusive with my headphones, I just can’t rationalize the expense. That said, my current pair that came with my iPhone have lasted 2 years. 🙂
      Thank you!

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  10. dgobs says:

    Your brain while running sounds just like mine!! I’m impressed that you managed a run with a clear mind… that sounds incredible. If you can figure out how you managed to make it happen, let me know! 🙂

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    1. I wish I could repeat it! The runs since then have reverted to the norm. I guess it gives me another goal to add to the list! 🙂

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  11. k8winch says:

    Love your blog! I run track and cross country at my college and long blank minded runs are what reminds me why I run! I use normal iphone headphones but wrap the wire around my sports bra so they don’t bounce around and that works for me!
    I have a newish blog about some of my workouts and I make playlists with all different music that link how I feel. I’d love it if you could check it out and let me know what you think! https://running2thebeat.wordpress.com/

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    1. Thank you! That run was a very nice change, the ones since have returned to being noisy but that’s ok too. I will probably end up going back to my iPhone ear buds just because they annoy me the least. 🙂 Maybe it wouldn’t be as bad if I wore both but I usually only wear the left one and tuck the right one under my sports bra strap. I love new playlists and will check it out, thanks!

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  12. Lily Lau says:

    Same problem here with headphones, I think I’ll be looking for the definitive ones eternally! :/

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    1. It does seem to be a fruitless search, there has to be a decent pair out there somewhere!

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  13. runsaltrun says:

    I absolutely LOVE that feeling. It doesn’t happen often, but it’s such a peaceful place to get to. Strangely enough the place I most often run myself silent is on the treadmill. (I think I just completely zone out!)

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    1. I usually feel noisier on the treadmill! Maybe it’s because I try to avoid looking the mirror at all costs? 🙂

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  14. Jason says:

    I use these headphones: http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-PMX-680-Discontinued-Manufacturer/dp/B0034L3G8U/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1429708884&sr=8-6&keywords=adidas+headphones

    I like them, but they do start to bother me after an hour or two. With that being said, they’re much better than all the others that I’ve tried. Good luck!

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    1. Thank you! I’ll check those out!

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  15. You know what I thought of when I saw the subject of the post, right? Why would you do that to me?!

    Anyway, it must have been nice. My brain is the same way. It just never shuts up! lol

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    1. Haha, I was wondering when someone would catch that! I couldn’t help myself!
      It was pretty nice, too bad this weekend’s race won’t be like that. 🙂

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