Let's talk about weird things that pop into my head while I run.
During one particular run, as I chomped on the last bits of a Lifesaver and powered up to conquer the bridge, I randomly started thinking about that saying You've got quite the mouth on you.
And then I thought, what makes a runner's mouth different from other mouths? Quite a lot, actually.
Runners' mouths are full of...
...stringy, sticky spit.
|Am I the only runner out there who's terrible at spitting?! Ah, to master the art of the clean spit-hock...|
|(Why this lady followed an accidental fly with various other bugs and livestock, I'll never understand.)|
The worst is finishing a run and picking gnats out of your teeth! Blegh!
|Fun fact: these symbols used in place of swear words are called a "grawlix".|
Running increases my use of swear words by about 10%. I think the freedom and uninhibited nature of running just draws it out of me!
...gum and candy.
You all know by now that I love Lifesavers and gum during my runs. Do we really need a picture of it?! (Yep.)
|I'm sick of mint gum so I've been giving fruit a chance. Verdict: I like the change in flavor, but this particular brand gets a little tough/flavorless too quickly for longer runs. Good for speed work!|
|Sometimes when I really want to just zone out and enjoy my run, I gotta pull out the big guns.|
When it comes to singing on the run, nothing beats 90s power ballads, although Taylor Swift is a close second.
I'm willing to bet there's not a runner among us who doesn't use mantras or self-talk at least once during a tough run! I'll admit, I talk to myself all the time (and not only when I run); having a mantra to repeat helps me look a little less crazy.
What did I miss?
Can your mouth identify with this list?