Run, write and repeat

stoplightAs you may have gathered, I started running regularly a few months ago. Recently, the change in season and position in the service industry left me susceptible to illness. Over the past week, a particularly nasty cold left me exhausted and unable to function, so this week I’ll focus on what running has taught me about writing.

  • Be careful about Internet sources. Since Pinterest became popular, running and exercise plans are readily available. As with anything else, make sure that the source is a reliable expert in the field. Just as an unreliable training program can get you hurt physically, writing based on unverified sources can cripple your career.
  • Practice smarter, not harder. Flailing around in running can lead to a satisfying tiredness, but it doesn’t build endurance or speed. In writing, undirected practice does little to build a professional portfolio. In the long run, both can do more harm than good. Stay focused, and your directed practice will build your chops.
  • Balance your physical and mental health. Balance is a buzzword in both fitness and entrepreneurship for a reason. Runners and freelancers alike suffer when they’re unable to practice, so making time to do both is integral to your success.
  • Find fun in your work/running. Exercise is necessary to your focus and longevity, but running can sometimes seem as tedious as editing poorly written medical copy. Listening to trashy music, running a new trail or even treating yourself to new running duds can break you out of a rut.
  • Pace yourself. You’re in this for the long haul, so practice accordingly. If you start to feel yourself getting burned out, take a step back. Consider saying no to new commitments so you can effectively manage your time. Write or exercise a little bit every day to keep yourself in shape.

Got any other tips? Leave them in the comments!

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4 responses to “Run, write and repeat

  1. Love this Clair! You’re spot-on with all of these tips. I especially like the last two, because you don’t want to burn out, and you also need to always make sure you’re having fun!

    I would also add to smell the roses – take some time on a run to really soak in and enjoy your surroundings, and take a break from writing to read some of your favorite works to get reinspired!

  2. Yess- i love how running is so parallel to life. it’s pacing. it’s going off the beaten path. being in the present moment while going towards the goal…

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