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Day 13–Write, Run, Write–Prompt


Last night my wife and I watched Julie & Julia for the second time. Any bloggers out there who have not seen this film, I highly suggest it , since it centers around a blogger. I highly recommend it to anyone. The first time I watched it I wasn’t blogging, so this time I came away with some inspiration and personal application.

What I would like to focus on is how Julie did something, and then she wrote about it. She would cook and then she would write about the adventure. As writers we at times face the dilemma of not knowing what to write about. As shown by this movie, the best way to get around this dilemma is to do something, and then write about it.

Since this blog is for runners and writers alike, let’s focus on writing born from running. Many writers are runners, and I think this is because getting out on a run gets you motivated. To borrow the comment of a reader, you feel like you can conquer the world when you return from a run. So if a run helps feel as if we can conquer the world, then it definitely will give us the confidence to write.

If you don’t do this already try it out. Sit down with pencil and paper, pen and pad or laptop and blank screen. Write something down, like a title, subject,  or sentence, even just a word will do. Then take that title or subject and go for a run. Whatever that piece of writing is, go for a run with it. You will find that by the end of the run you will know that subject on a more intimate level, and will not be able to wait to sit and write about it.

It helps bring sandwich bag with an index card and pen. I do this so I can write down key words or ideas while on the run.

In Julie & Julia the act of creating or cooking helped prompt the creation of writing. The main character wanted to write, but she needed a push. Cooking was her push. So if you want to write but you’re not writing, give yourself a push with a run.

Once you see the results of the run, it will motivate you to run the next day, and write the next day and then run again. You will have created a cycle that  will benefit your writing and running.

Let me know if it works.

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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:

RUNNERS WORLD FORUM

UK RUNNERS FORUM

LETS RUN FORUM

COOLRUNNING FORUM

BACKCOUNTRY RUNNER-trail running forum

ULTRAMARATHON 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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