Thirty Running Blogs – And Counting

How do you keep a blog going for thirty posts? It takes stamina. One lesson I learned while writing my memoir about the marathon was that writing a book takes as much endurance as running 26.2 miles. It is likely that a non-writer would have as hard a time to imagine writing a book, as a non-runner would to imagine running a marathon. While writing a weekly blog isn’t as intense as writing a book, it does take tenacity.

Persevering through the words, sentences and paragraphs of a narrative, ensuring they are coherent and have a worthwhile message for the reader is no small feat. Writers hit the wall just as runners do; they bonk, and are challenged to push through writer’s block. The successful writer pushes through to the other side of exhaustion and then struggles to ensure his prose holds a meaningful story. The marathoner finishes her work when she crosses the finish line; the writer finishes his work when he writes the final words of the story.

Albert Einstein once said, “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” Naturally, Einstein was referring to the physics of riding a two-wheeler. However, the same parallel can be made with so many things in life, including running and writing. Moving forward maintains a balance in life. So keep on running, and whatever you do Never Stop.

Speaking of the memoir, the memoir summary now includes Chapter Four.


About Jim Brennan

Jim is a Philadelphia-based writer, author, poet and editor for the Schuylkill Valley Journal.
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