Here in Nicaragua it rains, and it rains. We are in the rainy season, and this means we get rain every day. It’s logical that I’m going to end up running in the rain and writing in the rain. This is good.
How can the rain help your running & writing?
Running in the Rain.
I’ll start by saying, I’ve always taken great joy in running in the rain. Every since I began running I’ve enjoyed running in the rain. I think one reason is partly because when I’m running in the rain I feel like I’m a hardcore runner. If the rain doesn’t stop you, what will? In reality running in the rain doesn’t equate to hardcore, but it could show more dedication than the runner who decides to stay home. An excuse to not run can always be found.
Sometimes running through the rain is easy. When it’s warm and the rain is refreshing. Then there are times when it’s a true test.
I ran a self supported 50 mile ultra run last year. Just me and the trail. It rained for the pretty much the whole 8 hours. It was cold and windy. I did not enjoy the rain, it was prodding me to quit. It was not fun. The fun part was finishing and looking back and feeling happy that I had pushed through the rain.
Last year at the Kettle Moraine 100 trail run, it rained for 5 or 6 six hours straight. It just poured. At first it was refreshing, but after 2 or 3 hours, my teeth were chattering, I was soggy through and through and sick of the rain. It was not fun. But, with the help of my brother-in-law, wife and sister I finished the race. If I would have quit, I would have looked back with regret, but instead, I can look back and be grateful for the rain. The rain was a part of the challenge. Without the rain it would not have been the same challenge.
My dad wrote me last week and described a 100 mile bike ride that he just did. To quote him, “we were pretty much wet the whole day.” He said the temperature didn’t get above 51 degrees all day.
He was riding with some other guys, some made it, others didn’t. The point is he finished, and I can tell from his email, that the ride could have been a lot more fun. The rain made it harder, but he recounts it with joy because he toughed through and finished despite the cold wet rain.
The rain does help make better, stronger runners and cyclists, but how does it relate to writing?
Writing through the Rain.
In our writing we have rainy times. Times where we are cold, wet and do not want to tough it through. It can be a 10 minute stretch or an endurance event of a week. The important thing is that we push through the rain and finish.
The rain always stops. And once you see the sun again, you can look back and be happy that you did not quit. When you find the end of that article or short story, it feels good to relate how tough it was, but you finished.
So, keep running & writing through that rain. There will downpours and drizzle. No matter what, you can always dry off when it ends.
Please check out my short story: Just One Cup