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• running as art

This piece struck me. I found it on artbywicks.com

I’m not an artist per se. I see myself as naturally talented in the kitchen and sometimes when I sing just the right song with just the right amount of white noise to drown out imperfections, but I have trouble coloring in the lines and my free drawing has not improved since 4th grade.

Then I realized that running is art.

I wasn’t thinking about running or art when I thought of this. (Sometimes I think when you get older, things just pop into your head – vivid moments from the past, things you forgot to do last week, things you are now aware of that you would never think up 20 years ago.) Here are the ways I thought of running as art:

• Almost every moment I’m running, I’m thinking about how to tweak and improve or jazz it up. Sometimes I check my form with every footfall.

• When I don’t think about how to improve it, it usually gets better on its own.
• Like strokes in a painting, sometimes less is more. You just have to know when to quit.

• Sometimes how I  get out the door is an art form. (Like today when had to tuck my daughter in dad’s bed to go back to sleep after she heard me wake at 5:30am as I put my son in a baking soda bath because the little rash on his bum was bothering him.)

• My perspective of running changes over time.

• I don’t see its perfection in the “doing” part anymore. Ie – racing or training for racing. (Don’t get me wrong, I love it just as intensely and I can’t wait to race again.) Instead of the doing, I’m enjoy the being and how it makes me feel day to day.

• I’m learning to let go of old techniques and embrace the new.

• Like art, you can get lost in running, let it sweep you away, keep you mesmorized, draw you in.
• And like a crazed artist, you can also lose yourself… in the numbers, the pace, the PRs, the finishing, the “doing it no matter what”, sometimes at the expense of losing something else important.

• Like other artsy parts of me, it adds to my life and the lives of those around me in a creative way. As I find new people to run with, I am gifted with new perspectives and am able to gift to them mine.

• The young “artist runner” in me is focused on goals.

• The mature “artist runner” in me is focused on the journey.

• And, of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Running isn’t pretty every day, but there is something beautiful in each run.

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Thanks for listening and sharing.

2 thoughts on “• running as art

  1. Just happened upon your blog while looking for running-inspired art. I am an older runner who after 2 years off due to injury has been blessedly reborn as a slow but sure ultra-runner. Your words couldn’t be more true when it comes to the jorney aspect. Thanks for the added inspiration. Oh, and I love the painting as well 😉

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