Saturday, November 13, 2010

44 Miles, 27,000 Thoughts


Today was a beautiful day to run.  It was clear, perfectly temperatured and windless.  It does not get much better for a run!  I did 44 EASY miles again.  No strain, little pain...smiles all the way.  I have broken through some sort of plateau.  I am going to do 26 or so tomorrow.

According to WikiAnswers, the average person has 70,000 thoughts in one day.  Assuming people sleep 8 hours a day, people have 16 hours to think these 70,000 thoughts or roughly 4,500 thoughts an hour.  Since I ran 6 hours today, I thought roughly 27,000 thoughts during this period.  Yikes.  That is a lot of weird stuff flying around. 

I believe my head is filled with more flotsam and jetsam than the next person.  (Not the band Flotsam and Jetsam...see what I mean about stuff floating around there?)  I won't say I hear voices, but lets just say I am never alone when I am alone.  Running really puts me with myself.  No phone.  No computer.  Me...the acoustic version.

My wife would argue that about the only adult things that go through my head are work related, stock market related and thoughts about trying to be polite. She believes the rest of my crowded head talk would make a good sound track of thinking for a 13 year old kid.  The things I find funny, the music I like, the things I notice, the shows I like to watch...etc.etc.etc.  She is probably right.  I won't tell her that. 

So 27,000 thoughts I had today over 44 miles.  I like to think most of my thoughts were productive and good.  Well, many of them probably were good.  Okay, a few were pretty snarky.  Sigh, all right, I probably blew my 27,000 thoughts on punk song lyrics, griping about the state of America, the end of the world being near if the dreaded David Hasselhoff is getting a reality show, Moon Pies! (yum) and how many shoes will I really need for this run? 

What did you think today?  You had 70,000 chances!  Did you use them well?

1 comment:

  1. Oh my 70,000 thoughts today ranged from "oh, okay, I think this weird pain is getting better." to "damn, I really hurt." to "lady, you are crazy. you really just called 911 because we left the dog in the car in 75 degree weather while we ran into the store for literally 3 minutes." to "if the kids don't stop playing basketball in the backyard and I have to hear every bounce of the ball when I want to go to bed, I might go punch someone."

    I'm all rainbows and unicorns today, can you tell?

    I did go get the arnica as suggested - oral and topical cream.

    Tomorrow is a new day.

    Glad your 44 miles were easy,smeasy. You are making great progress!

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