I’m having a very hard time focusing today on anything other than snacks and the fact that in two days, I’ll be nearing the finish line in the Dexter – Ann Arbor half marathon. It’s my first half, so I suppose it’s reasonable to be obsessed – especially considering that rain and illness got in the way of much of my planned training. Regardless, I need to get my head back in the game or the next two days are going to be a wash.
After the 10 miler in April, a friend asked what you think about while running ten miles. A few weeks ago, my aunt asked a similar question – “what exactly is fun about running for that long?”. The answer to both questions is: nothing. There’s nothing fun about it, and you think about nothing – because the minute you start thinking, you start getting distracted. And when you start getting distracted, you’re no longer in the moment, and everything – especially that whole running for two hours part – becomes much more difficult. And while the physical effort required to run for two hours is no joke, the mental stuff is just as hard.
Which brings me back to my first paragraph, and my current mental state. Time to focus. But maybe I need a snack first.