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Day 23–Starting in the Dark

Many new runners don’t want to be seen by anyone as they struggle through their first weeks or months of running. They are self-conscious about the way they look. Some runners may feel this way for months or even years.

The same can be said for writers, especially newer writers. They feel self-conscious about their writing. They keep it in obscurity, and may not even mention their love for writing to friends and family .

This self-consciousness causes many writers and runners to start in the dark.

Waking up before the sun illuminates the streets, runners hit the roads, hoping to not be seen or noticed by anyone. Writers burn out bulbs as they stay up late into the night ruminating and writing.

Why do  many runners and writers start in the dark, and continue in this obscurity for years?

Some  feel they cannot really call themselves writers or runners until they have accomplished something. Like published an article or run a race.

If you write everyday or run everyday, start calling yourself a runner or writer today. And don’t be scared to share this with friends and family. You are the one who decides whether you will be called a runner or writer.

Another reason many choose to keep their writing and running hidden is because of form.

This is understandable. A new writer’s form may be a mess, just as a green runner or veteran runner’s form may be very sloppy. The newbie may be waiting until they’ve perfected their form to share their hobby with others.

There is no Perfect Form. The most seasoned writer may have the most awkward prose, but he/she is still a writer.

A finisher of 100’s of marathons might run like a snake with legs, but this person is still a runner.

Writing and running in the dark is fine, but to share your love of running and writing with others can get you into the sun.

And remember the sun is what keeps us alive.


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Day 22–You need to do, what you don’t want to do, to do what you want to do.

Yesterday, besides waking up to not enough coffee, we also had no electricity and no water, this is part of living in a third-world country. So I can’t complain.

I had a 14 mile training run in the schedule and by the time I could get out to do it, it was already 11 in the morning, and the sun was high in the sky, throwing down blasts of heat. Because of this, I was trying to find a way out of the run.

I did not want to go on the run!

I couldn’t push it off to the next day because it was the last day of the week. I tried to rationalize why I should just do half the mileage, a nice 7 mile cruise, I did have a sore calve muscle, not bad enough to make the run shorter.  I could not cook up a good reason.

After circles of rationalization, I left for the run. Still, in the back of my mind I was thinking if I want to, I can still cut it short.

I got out on the trails and never looked back. After 2 miles I was in reflection mode and thoroughly enjoying the time to ruminate on goals, the nature surrounding me and what I wanted to accomplish when I got back.

I was doing what I wanted to do-Run.

So I thought I didn’t want to run, but this soon changed after I got going. I think this is a common occurrence for endurance athletes and writers.

There are times when you do not want to sit down and create a world on paper. You say:

I do not want to write!

In spite of this sentiment, you sit down and start writing. After a paragraph or page, you are writing and you are doing what you want to do-write.

What I get from this is that for some reason our minds play tricks on us. They want the easy way out. What would be easier than writing or running? Watching TV, drinking coffee, chilling on the deck in the sun, all kinds of things. But, once we get going we find that we are doing what we want to do.

The trick is knowing ahead of time what you actually want to do.

So decide what you want to do now.  And when the time comes to do it-Just start.

The first steps and first words may feel forced, but after a mile or paragraph you will find that,

you had to do, what you didn’t want to do, to do what you wanted to do.

Running Prompt-Do a run you’ve been dreading-Speedwork, long run or tough trail run.

Writing Prompt-Write in a form that does not come easy for you-a poem, essay or fiction.

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Day 9–Running Podcasts

I find that at times to help me get off the couch and running I need to have a podcast to look forward to.

While running I mostly listen to running podcasts. Listening to a running podcast while you run can motivate you, helping you see you’re not alone. You realize there are other runners out there, trying  just as hard or harder than you. Running podcasts also provide a lot of training and nutritional advice, and ideas for every runner, no matter where you are in your running life.

Here’s a list of some Running podcasts I’ve found entertaining and helpful:

These podcasts have pulled me through some long runs and motivated me to get going on a tough day. I don’t listen to podcasts everyday, but while in the middle of  a running streak it helps break the monotony.

How about you, what are you listening to?

Running Prompt-Download a never listened to podcast and take it on the run.

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Day 7–Birds of a feather Run together

I once heard someone say, “If you hang around the barbershop long enough, you’re bound to get your hair cut.”

I also think it’s safe to say,  if you hang around runner’s long enough, you’re bound to run.

Some of us might just happen to be surrounded by runner friends, but the majority of beginning runners don’t have this luxury. So what do you do if you don’t know a single runner? Start by getting to know some. You may have friends or acquaintances who run, and you don’t even know it. Once you start talking about your running, you’ll find that word spreads and other runners will find you.

But, what if you literally are the only runner in town. Then, how do you get inspired and learn from other runners? One good way is to check out some running forums. These are sites where you can find out what is going on in the running world, ask questions and find information on practically any running topic.

Here are a couple to check out:





BACKCOUNTRY RUNNER-trail running forum


Forums are a good place to start flocking together with other runners. In upcoming posts I will cover more ways to be inspired by other runners.

Writers can also benefit from fellow writer association, but if you think it’s hard to find a runner, try finding a writer. Sure there are millions of them, but if you don’t live in the right town, finding writing peers will be a challenge.

So what’s an aspiring writer to do?

Ways to flock together with other writers:

If you want to run everyday, and write everyday. Or maybe run and write everyday, please check out the intro for this blog. Start reading and you will be on track to a running/writing streak.

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