Writing and Running

Sometimes when I’m mulling over what should happen next in a story, I go running. Getting away from my desk, running outside in the sunshine, I feel free. Free from pressure and constraints and time. Inspiration comes. Ideas flow.

I’m not a distance runner. I run 3 or 4 miles most days and I don’t go very fast. It makes me feel good and helps me stay in shape.

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When I’m lacing up my shoes to go out, I know the ideas will come. They always do. As I run out of my driveway and down my street, I praise God for the beauty of a summer day and the ability to move my limbs. I wave to the neighbors, talk to their dogs, and watch the squirrels skitter about.

I don’t think about anything except how grateful I am for what I’m doing at that moment and what I have in my life. Even on rainy days, I thank God for nourishing nature and thereby nourishing me. The cold days of winter are a little tougher, as my eyes run, my nose drips, and my throat hurts, but I know I’m clearing my mind, working my muscles, and that I’ll be sitting in front of my fireplace soon.

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Let me close this post with something I saw on Twitter. I added the “or running” part.  The only time I don’t feel like I should be doing something else, is when I’m writing… or running.

Have a great day, everyone.

4 Responses to Writing and Running

  1. Shelley says:

    Yay – an extrovert that’s energized by “me-time”! You go, girl! PS – I love your Twitter line – I used to run every day (same kind of running you do), but have found that walking clears my head even more than running, so I’d adjust it just a bit by saying “The only time I don’t feel like I should be doing something else, is when I’m writing…or walking…or blogging.” Happy trails and tales to you!

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  2. I try to walk every day. I pray and plot while I walk. It also elevates my mood.

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