Running and Writing

Running and writing have so many things in common.

1. They both hurt.

2. They both really suck at the beginning, but get better the more you do it.

3. They’re both fulfilling.

4. I love them both.

5. They both help me drink more coffee. I’m not sure how that works with running, but any excuse to drink more coffee is a good one.

6. They’re both (for the most part) calming.

7. I hate them both (at times- coffee helps me love them).

                        Proof I ran today :) 

                        Proof I ran today :) 

I was hoping to get to 10, but 7’s good, too.

I used to run a lot, before writing.  Not being able to run (hip/ knee surgeries, and lack of knee being able to recover) led to more writing. How? I’ll explain.

I had hip and knee surgery, couldn’t run, so I started writing.

The end.

I had wheels, but then one fell off.  That’s me on the right, with the runners 15 years younger than me.

I had wheels, but then one fell off.  That’s me on the right, with the runners 15 years younger than me.

That was six years ago or so.  My hip has been great, but my knee did not recover so well.  I tried on and off for a couple years, but the constant recurring pain became frustrating, and I gave up on it for a few years, until last Spring when I ran a few times (about a quarter to a half mile) after HIIT class.  I had no pain, but I didn’t continue like I should have.  Fast forward 8 months, to the past couple weeks, and I’ve run four times, for about a mile to a mile and a half and have had NO pain at all!

In fact, I am sitting here, with a coffee in my Tinker Bell mug, of course, writing after a run. It was cold, rainy, and I loved every single step of it.  And so did my knee.

Besides writing, what else do you do?