Do I need coffee to run and write?
Of course not, but for me it doesn’t hurt. This morning I woke up to only 2 scoops of beans. In other words, I haven’t woke up.
Usually it takes 5 scoops to make the 4 cups of coffee that my wife and I drink every morning. So, I had to figure out a way to use 2 scoops to get the job done. I ended up using one scoop to make myself a Turkish coffee, and I will do the same for my wife when she wakes up.
Still, I know I can use some more coffee, but for now that’s what I got. I’ll make do with what I have.
You will find that as a runner/writer you will often find yourself with only 2 scoops when you need 4. Like everything in life, you will need to make do with what is available.
- You want to write for 4 hours, but you only have 15 minutes.
- You want to run 10 miles, but you’ve never run more than 3 miles.
- You want to write a novel, but you can’t get past the first 10,000 words.
- You’ve wrote the perfect short story, but you’re the only one who thinks so.
- You query editors with an awesome pitch, but no one accepts.
- You want to run a 7 minute mile, but your body won’t push past 8.
- You want to weigh 20 pounds less, but you don’t.
- You want to write and run everyday, but there’s something holding you back.
Just like the coffee scenario, all of these situations are uncontrollable to an extent.
I only have one cup of coffee in me right now, but I can guarantee I will drink more as soon as I can.
The same goes for running and writing, maybe you can’t do what you want to do today. You have no control, something’s are nearly impossible, but that doesn’t mean they will never be possible.
Patience is key. Wait it out, look for opportunities and soon you will get that much needed next cup of coffee.