In his review for LA Times of Haruki Murakami’s “What I Talk About When I Talk About Running,” Peter Terzian writes:
“How MANY athletic activities are as well-suited to the writing life as long-distance running? It’s cheap, for one — writers are notoriously poor, and all you need to run is a good pair of sneakers.”
What other commonalities bind running to writing?
Here’s my list:
- They are both very solitary– Even though they are suited to doing on your lonesome, running and writing can be as social as you want them to be. By joining running and writing groups you can be a running or writing socialite. Although, the majority of runners/writers that I know like there space.
- Require endurance- A one mile run takes some endurance, and a one page story requires endurance. The beautiful part of running and writing is that you can build your endurance and see results. The more you run the better you endure and the more you write the easier it becomes to go long.
- They can be simple- Put one word in front of the other, or one foot in front of the other. If you are not the type for simple, you can add as many complexities as you like. The learning never ends when it comes to running and writing.
- There is much more than meets the eye– Many people say, “I could write a book,” or, “I could run a marathon.” That’s when us runners and writers say, “Okay.” Inside we are saying, “Let’s see it.” There is much more to running and writing than most people realize.
- The more you train the better you will get- With every mile and every word we are better runners and better runners. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
- We run and write towards goals- Writers and runners are goal driven, because they know that’s how they will find success and fulfillment. Every run and every story has a goal, even if you don’t know what it is when you begin.
These are just some of the things running and writing have in common. There are many more.
Will you please share what you feel running and writing have in common?