Saturday, November 3, 2012

My New Running Plan

My new training partner.
Just read a great interview where a writer describes how every day she wakes up early and goes for a run. The link between running, creativity and productivity is well-established in my mind.

Runners make great writers. Just look at Once a Runner. (On a tangent, this incredible book was self-published and reminds us all that the big publishing houses are not infallible.)

Not all writers make great runners. Some writers prefer to seek their inspiration in drink.

I dabble in a bit of both.
Let's examine the similarities between running and drinking:


  • Both impart a feeling of euphoria.
  • Both convince the participant that they can do anything.
  • Both lead to the silence of that insidious internal critic.

Of course the next logical step in is for me to start running drunk. If my theory holds, I should be able to create the greatest novel of all time.

4 comments:

  1. laughing hysterically!

    But I can't decide if the answer should be that alcohol plus running is "too much of a good thing" or they positively impact writing in opposite ways - and thus would counter-indicate each other and leave you as if you'd done nothing at all?!

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    1. There are times when they both work & don't work. So far I have no clear conclusion. Still testing.

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  2. So I absolutely LOVE Once a Runner. Seriously read it all the time. And I love the story behind the publishing of the book...I wish I had gotten my copy at a race from the author instead of Barnes & Noble.

    And in lab, we always joke around that our experiments would go better after a few drinks. But then we'd have to constantly be drinking to get any data so that idea hasn't quite panned out yet ;).

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    1. wow I definitely DON'T recommend constant drinking. But I'd love to hear your favorite part from Once A Runner!

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