I am often asked what I think about when I run for so long.  What I think about during a race such as the 100km World Championships and what I think about on a training run differ.  For a bit of fun prompted by my cousin Jakki Dodds and an image she posted and tagged me in I thought I would document some of what I thought about while I ran on this occasion. A link to my activity on Garmin Connect can be found here.  See if you can work out where I was for each thought.

  1. What’s the time, 7:30am, I’m just going to miss the ferry to cross the river.
  2. Yep there it is, is it leaving? Damn the deckhand is pulling up that gangplank thingy, yep too late. Oh well, I’ll just run down the road and back the next one will only be about 10 minutes.
  3. Actually I always run down the road and back maybe today I will run around the block.
  4. Look house for sale, it’s sold I wonder how much that one sold for. I like that Queenslander it looks like a big one compared to the others.
  5. I wonder if the next ferry will be there when I get back.
  6. Yep there it is. Cool I can walk straight on.
  7. C’mon ferry driver lets go already, okay good we’re moving.
  8. Across the river now hmmm looks like there’s rain coming, good that will cool things down a bit.
  9. Got a wolf whistle woohoo, I’m pretty sure that wasn’t meant for that cyclist.
  10. C’mon that’s not rain I want a proper shower damn it.
  11. Oh well at least my socks aren’t soggy and it’s still kind of cool.
  12. I need to go to the toilet shall I use the one on the New Farm park ring road or the ferry terminal one.
  13. Ferry terminal one, that one’s nicer
  14. Look at that sign it reads “Thanks for noticing this notice, your noticing has been noted”
  15. I wonder how many people have noticed that sign I might post that later, shame I haven’t got my phone to take a photo.
  16. I must take a photo of that sometime.
  17. Damn I’ve been running for 45 minutes and I am only supposed to be running for 60 minutes today and I just want to keep running and it’s going to take me way longer than that to run home.
  18. What’s that guy doing he has a clipboard and it looked like he checked me off.  I wonder if he is surveying how many people use the Riverwalk.
  19. I wonder how many people do use the Riverwalk, there’s hardly anyone on here right now.  I wonder if it was busier earlier.
  20. Maybe I should catch the ferry from Riverside.
  21. No I would rather run I don’t want to wait for the ferry and then sit on the ferry all sweaty for that long and then I will have to run or walk home from Hawthorne.
  22. Shall I run over the Goodwill Bridge that will make this run really long, but I could catch the ferry at Southbank, nah.
  23. I will just run over the Story Bridge but that hill is so steep.
  24. This hill isn’t that bad, I wonder how much this slow jog up the hill will affect my overall pace.
  25. Is the western side path on the Story Bridge open?
  26. Nope that sign says it’s closed until early November, noted.
  27. I wonder if I should catch the ferry from Mowbray Park.
  28. There’s no sign of the ferry I am going to be well over my 60 minutes now I may as well just run the last few kilometres home.
  29. Wow the traffic is still pretty bad on Wynnum Rd. I must tell Tim if he is home in case he is thinking of driving into the city.
  30. Woohoo a red light I am going to overtake that truck stopped at the lights,
  31. Damn lights changed before I could get in front of it so he could see me.
  32. Last hill this isn’t so bad I feel good I could just keep running but I will be glad to get to the top of the hill.
  33. How far have I gone, crikey almost 18 kilometres whoops this run should have been about 12km.
  34. There’s Kira’s school I wonder what class she has right now.
  35. Should I get a coffee at the Hawthorne Garage, I’m not sure if I really feel like a coffee, yeah why not.
  36. I hope the line for coffee isn’t too long.
  37. Is that car going to stop at the crosswalk for me? Nope but that one did phew.
  38. I will stop the Garmin now and walk to the Hawthorne Garage for a coffee it doesn’t look like there is much of a line for coffee 18.5km is a nice number to finish on. https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/927232477

Feature image courtesy of The Oatmeal. http://theoatmeal.com/comics/running6

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Cartoon courtesy of The Oatmeal. I obviously have a more optimistic thought process. While my demons occasionally torment me it’s a rare occurrence. http://theoatmeal.com/comics/running6

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