As this blog approaches the end of its first month, I am most excited to think that I may accomplish a post a day. What I’m realizing though is that it is tough to always think of something profound to put on paper, or in this case, on the screen. When I am lost for words I do a quick online search, or read something in a magazine or book. My readers can probably tell what days I am scrambling. But I’m still learning, so bear with me! What I’m finding is that on days that I take to the pavement the inspiration comes more natural.
Ironically, the other day at the library I picked up the late Dr. George Sheehan’s book, Running & Being. I did not know much about this guy but according to Sports Illustrated he is “perhaps our most important philosopher of sport.” The book was on the New York Times Best Seller List for over 14 weeks in 1978 and continues to be considered the “philosophical bible for runners around the world.”
I’ve only just begun the book, but already I can tell that I like this guy. Like me, running inspired him to write. In his prologue, Sheehan says, “But writing is never easy. And no matter how well done, never to one’s satisfaction. Writing, someone said, is turning blood into ink. Whatever, the idea of suffering is so natural to both writers and runners it seems to be a common bond. And therefore no surprise when one turns out to be both.”
You said it right George! In many ways both are insufferable…I run up hills and I wordsmith away. But at the end of the day they are both so rewarding. Reaching the top of the hill and finding the perfect thought to put into words is what keeps me coming back for more.