Food obsession: My long runs are frequently done with friends (or at least parts of them) and often in the early morning. This means that I've consumed a piece of toast with peanut butter and Gus. Therefore, the conversation and my thoughts always land on food. What I'm going to eat when I'm done. The smells wafting from the local diners. They pretty much all lead me to one of two things - bacon or smoothies. Occasionally a cupcake is thrown in their for good measure but without a doubt I'm going to want bacon.
Pace, breathing, labored breathing, pace: Interval runs are ALWAYS focused on the Garmin, and what the Garmin is telling me (wouldn't it be great if it could talk) followed closely by my body hating me. I often play tricks on myself by trying to focus on my breathing. It starts out meditative and easy but after a few intervals it's labored and out of control and then I bring it back to the Garmin.
ADD: Recovery runs are the most variable. I waffle between questions of 'Do I have to?' to aimless thoughts about what my next blog post should be - you all are blessed that I put so much thought into these posts. They often start out with a crappy attitude but always end positive - feeling good that I got out there, did the easy miles, and can now eat cupcakes the rest of the day.
So what do you think about on your runs?