Y’all – who has ever experienced this:
You’re on a run and trying to figure out what time it will be when you finished based on the pace you are currently running. The math isn’t hard, but for whatever reason, you just aren’t convinced it’s right…
You are telling a story to your run buddy. All of a sudden, you completely forget what you were talking about.
You, my friend have just experienced runner brain. What is runner brain, you ask? Well, I took the term from “mommy brain” – a phrase lots of my mom friends use to explain how after you have a kid, you sometimes just totally space out about something. Same thing happens to runners. My running buddies and I often follow up a statement while running with: “yeah…total runner brain right there.”
On Saturday I experienced total runner’s brain. At mile 8.5 of my 18 mile run, I came across a couple of buddies from my running group (I was running with the group at large, but was basically solo by that point). I decided I wanted the company, so I turned around and ran with them for a bit. That “detour” added over a mile to my run — turning 18 miles into 19+. Which I somehow just didn’t think about at mile 8.5. Let me tell you – I thought a heck of a lot about it at mile 18.5. UGH – RUNNER BRAIN!
Have you ever experienced runner brain?