Starting over or starting something new can be scary, whether it’s writing, teaching, or running. While these things seem disparate, I’ve noticed several commonalities. What can I say? I see synchronicity everywhere! Here are 3 tips for starting a writing career, transitioning to teaching online, and running.
Running is certainly a solo sport when you get down to it, just like writing, and I love my solo miles, but running with friends certainly has its positives, just like writing groups do. There's such a benefit to community alone, but we can also get that online. Seeing people in person is certainly different. In this post, I’ll go over three benefits to running with friends and some best practices on running with others during COVID-19.
I don’t want to take too much space right now with my voice but did want to give a quick gloss of things in Louisville. Instead, I want to use my blog this week to promote other voices because black lives matter. Here is a list of some recent podcast episodes and articles to check out about diversity, race, and racism in the trail running world and beyond.
Ominous sky over St Michael's Cemetery I forget what it is I would rather be doing. Floral and verbal, I am in the thickof what I would rather be doing, jumping off a cliff,rousing subordinates. There are just so many thingsone would rather be caught out doing, like measuring the tree,the swift shadow of which … Continue reading 2 Ways to Get Out of Your Head While Running
Heaven grows to a bird With pretty wings Her flight is like a question Searching the South For someone. "Untitled Poem," In the Dark Before Dawn: New and Selected Poems of Thomas Merton, Thomas Merton Normally, I run the majority of my miles on trails, but the influx of people into our park systems has made me leery. I had … Continue reading Why I Love Running in Cemeteries and How You Can Too
Learning is but an adjunct to ourself And where we are our learning likewise is: --William Shakespeare, Love's Labour's Lost, Act IV, Scene 3 “So what do you know about X race? What do you usually put in your drop bag? When do you usually fuel on a long run?” Running with a group or … Continue reading 5 Running Podcasts You Need In Your Life
What is it we give each other - gold, shark’s fin - other than a renewed sense of the miraculous?--"Earthshine," Qiupu, Arthur Sze Sunrise Sunday Trail Run Group I used to have no problem waking at 5 a.m. Sunday mornings to meet for a long run at sunrise. The sound of trail shoes being clapped … Continue reading Social Distance Running: 5 Ways to Stay Connected
Runners are used to being constrained only by their own physical limitations, how long we can stay on their feet, how much ground we can cover, and how quickly our legs turn over, just as writers are constrained only by their own limitations with language. We runners are used to being able to head out … Continue reading 2 Ways to Embrace Constraint in Running During COVID-19
I discovered trail running about a year and half into my running journey, joining my sister-in-law, an ultrarunner, at dawn on Black Friday morning in 2018 at Jefferson Memorial Forest (JMF), which many describe as “beautifully brutal.” Between grueling climbs, valleys with fairy tale vegetation, and breathtaking views from ridges, I definitely didn’t start with an easy … Continue reading 4 Lessons from the Forest: Trail Running, Writing, and Life