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:
- Writing Forums–Writing Forums, AbsouteWrite Forum, The Next Big Writer Forum
- Blogs–Start with Day 1 of this blog, Top 100 Creative Writing Blogs
- Writing critique groups–Zoetrope