I listen to music, but have thought I may need to move from it so it’s not a shock when I am not allowed to use my headphones. I find that I don’t really realize that I am in a zone when I get there. I can’t really explain, but everything is a blur and the focus is so strong that you don’t think about anything, but the final goal or image the race. I’ve gotten into it a few times. I don’t realize I am there until the end or just after the race. I don’t really walk around with a scowl on my face when I’m really into it. I often yawn (strange) and I occasionally for no reason get chills or goose bumps. I can get them in 90 degrees. It’s very strange, but I’ve run well when that’s happened. Using the positive experience from the past, I get excited when that happens. I also tend to pace a lot.
Ive been like that quite a bit too – where everything is a blur. I find that in m best races, I remember very little of what was going on because of how focused I was on the end product.
I also yawn alot, and I read somewhere that you yawn more when you are nervous, which explains that. I get goosebumps too (must be down to adrenaline), and I enjoy that feeling!