Let’s put on our over-thinking caps, shall we?

Sometimes I wish I could shut my brain off, you know, like the kitchen lights. I’d just be able to flip a switch and that’s it, no more activity until I turn it on again.

Over Analyzing

I said sometimes for a reason because if I am being totally honest, the truth of the matter is that the way my brain works helps me to be a better runner. Not being able to zone out and forget about everything actually works in my favor for any run lasting over 30 minutes. Just this morning I ran 6 miles and at the very same time I figured out how to solve all my landscaping problems in the front yard and I determined that plantation shutters are a much better option than wood blinds. Now all I need to do is convince MacGyver that we absolutely must have them and that he needs to install them. See? Not being able to shut my brain off is actually a good thing; unless you’re MacGyver, he might not agree.

Unfortunately I tend to over think everything as well. That’s probably the reason I’m still typing my blog post on a computer that has a sticky b key which forces me to delete a lot of b’s, and a missing down arrow key that leaves me confused when I need to scroll. I just cannot bring myself to buy a new one because a, this one still works, (for the most part) and b, I will have to learn how to use a new one. You just have no idea the anxiety and panic this creates deep within my soul. It’s torture.

over thinking caps

I also probably shouldn’t over-share but I’ve been wearing the same pair of disposable contact lenses for 2 months! Mind you, these are the kind you are supposed to throw out after 2 weeks but I just can’t do it. I have another pair in reserve but it’s my last pair and I just know as soon as I throw this pair out and pop in the new ones, I’ll lose one or rip one, and I’ll be forced to immediately schedule an eye exam, and I need to prepare for that because it’s a very big deal. It’s chock full of decisions like which eyeglass frames to choose and how many pairs of contact lenses will I need? That’s just stress I don’t need right now.

I am pretty fortunate that MacGyver loves and accepts me just the way I am because I’m pretty sure when he was younger and thinking about his dream wife he didn’t imagine conversations like this one:

Me: I need a new computer.

MacGyver: Why can’t you just use mine?

Me: Because then I would have to learn how to use your computer and then when I get a new one, I’d have to learn that one too. It’s an extra learning process that I just can’t even fathom right now.

MacGyver: That’s the most ridiculous thing you’ve ever said. (Actually it’s not.) They have the same operating system and it’s basically the same computer.

Me: No, no it’s not. They have their own quirks. My b and arrow keys are messed up. I’m sure your computer has its own quirks too, which I’ll need to learn. I’ll have to relearn which keys work, and any that don’t, and how long the battery lasts, and all kinds of things and that takes time. And then I’ll get a new computer and I’ll have to learn it too. It’s too much. It makes my head hurt.

MacGyver: Yeah, I know how you feel.

A good Wife

Most of our conversations go that way.

The good news is, the computer issue and the contact lens situation are just little problems I’ll be able to figure out the solutions for on my future runs, and I’m pretty sure MacGyver will be overjoyed when he hears the solutions because more often than not, they will involve him in some way. See, everything works out now doesn’t it?

How to keep a wife happy

What do you think about when you’re running?

Are you an over thinker?

8 thoughts on “Let’s put on our over-thinking caps, shall we?

  1. I am a thinker that’s for sure! I’m not sure if I’m an over thinker though..I need to think about that 😉
    While running I usually think “I wonder what I actually look like when I run..” and things like, “now that I ran x amount of miles, I can eat that cookie when I get home.”
    All of my big decision making thoughts or what bills we need to pay usually come rushing in at bedtime. I totally understand the whole light switch thing. That would come in handy quite often.

  2. Not to be they typical internet fear monger, but I got an eye issue from wearing the same pair of daily wear disposable lenses for like a month. It took five months for it to clear up so I could wear contacts again. The eye doc couldn’t even give me a new glasses prescription because my vision was so wonky. My goal is to follow the rules with contacts from now on! I totally get where you’re coming from because I didn’t want to go through the whole exam/money spending thing, but the hassle I ended up dealing with was really much worse in the end.

    • Thanks for mentioning this Jen, you are right, eye infections are very common when not following the directions from the eye doctor. I should have mentioned that I do take mine out every night and I don’t wear them every day and I also have had eye infections in the past so I never sleep in them even though the doctor says I can but I am going to break down and make the appointment anyway. Again, thanks for bringing up a very important point.

  3. I’m a complete and total overthinker (usually over really dumb stuff), but I also have a crappy memory. So if I think of a miraculous solution or the key to world peace or whatever while I’m running, it’d be gone a mile down the road. Sigh. 😉

    • LOL, Sometimes I forget things too. I used to use the recording feature on my mp3 player but then someone overheard me speaking into it and I was actually saying ‘use old socks to store random screws in garage’, it was a little more than embarassing. Now if I forget, I just move on. 🙂

  4. It depends… in training, I think about all kinds of sheet. Some running stuff, some work stuff…mostly about what I’ll eat after the run. In the race if I’m on pace to PR, I’m always thinking about stuff that could go wrong before I cross the finish line. If i’m not on pace, (seriously) I just think about finishing and the medal. Weak sauce, huh? I don’t think I’m an over thinker… wait, give me a minute and I’ll get back to you on that one.

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