Running for Writers
A barefoot runner's guide for writers who might want to try running (away from deadlines).
- Running and Creativity
- Running Away with Your Emotions
- Do You Need To Run Barefoot Too?
- Want to Know More About Barefoot Running?
Running and Creativity
Maybe I am doing this consciously, you know, filling my running blog with life lessons so I can be different from the plethora of running blogs out there, but I swear I am not.
I read an article in Runner's World by Noelle Q. de Guzman aka kikayrunner, that as you run you become more creative. I'd say more pensive, really, but in a way they are the same.
While running, it is not only your body that is being freed from gravity, from being bound and from the travails of modern life: deadlines, nagging wives (or husbands, hah!), screaming kids and bills to pay. Your mind gets a chance to wander, too. With all the labyrinthine convolutions in every human brain, you may end up finding a few good ideas and questions at the end or even, as in my case, during a run.
So, if you are a writer, why should you run? For one, it free's your mind to think. Running is almost involuntary, and once the mind has figured out that you plan to run a long distance, it goes on auto-pilot and does something more interesting, something it has always wanted to do but can't because you kept wanting to think in just one boring old way. Sometimes, you know, we are the ones who limit our brain power by thinking of the same things over and over and over again. If the brain is left to think for its own, new pathways are made and we get to see the world from a different angle.
Running Away with Your Emotions
Have you ever thought about it, toddlers are taught to walk but hardly are they ever taught to run. It comes naturally and usually, the discovery comes with a squeal or happiness. Running releases emotions, too; emotions that would not otherwise come from, say, us walking sullenly on the side of the road because our boss was a crabby patty and yelled at us for a not-so-bad job.
So, another good reason to run if you are a writer, is that your emotions can also run free while you are running. Since your mind is busy trailblazing neural pathways, your emotions are suddenly unrestrained. All those pent up emotions get released and aired out. Suddenly you realize that you like this girl or that you aren't really mad with your parents or that your boss is quite likable.
If you also happen to be very emotional (as you so often hear from your exes), which most of us are, it is almost a requirement for writers, running can be a good way to manage it. When my grandfather died, the first thing I did when I heard about it was to lace up and run. I cried while I was running but I didn't cry for long. I realized he's had it with life, it's his time; so I said a little thank you and bid him farewell and pounded more pavement. Running helps you think better as opposed to curling up and indulging too much in your crying fit which is just downright depressing.
Do You Need To Run Barefoot Too?
Maybe, maybe not. Don't overthink it at first. Just run. Remember that you will not become a Tarahumara anytime soon. You may not even get past 10seconds in your first attempt. It takes time, a long time. And it takes persistence and patience.
If this is your first time to run, the main rule, as with life, is to take it slow and easy, to listen to your body and your mind and to take it from there. Did I tell you that running also trains you how to tune in to yourself?
So, it's not a complicated thing, you learned it on your own while you were barely able to speak, you can do it now. Have fun.
Want to Know More About Barefoot Running?
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