Monday, August 25, 2008

Running as a Creative Activity

Kathrine Switzer on running as a creative activity:

People always ask what you think about when you run, and to runners, it's a weird question because our heads are full of so many thoughts. Running is not a boring activity to us, it is a creative one.

From Kathrine Switzer, Marathon Woman: Running the Race to Revolutionize Women's Sports (2007).

6 comments:

Jake Seliger said...

I love the quote and know the feeling well. If you're not reading Jacket Copy, the L.A. Times' book blog, you might want to start, if for no other reason than for posts about running books and swimming.

Suko said...

Great quote!

I think once you get beyond the physical agony and "this is torture" thinking, creative thoughts and ideas surface, although sometimes they're delayed until the exertion ceases.

KATE EVANS said...

When I used to run, I found it very meditative.

Vicki said...

Apparently just thinking about running gets your blood pumping - which is great for a lazy soul like me! www.birdsandwords.merseyblogs.co.uk

Alison Boon said...

I always pray when I run. It's a good way of allowing the brain to refocus and process bits and pieces of information that are floating around. Things often seem a little clearer and a little less daunting after a run. Once I've stopped puffing and panting of course.

Uptown Literatti said...

Very interesting quote. I haven't run very much in my life, ut the few times I have, I've come up with some really good ideas during the run, so I can definitely see that.