Ask A Marathon Mommy: Writer’s Block

Sharon is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a background in mental health, substance abuse, and child welfare.

“I tried my hand at being a work at home mom, but in 2009 I decided that being a stay at home mom is what works best for me and my family, at least for now. As my kids like to say, I’m “The Boss” of the family, which includes my husband of 9 years, two daughters (ages 4 and 6), and a giant goldfish named Princess Leia. My girls are beautiful and curious and wild and exhausting, and life is never, ever dull! I love reading, traveling, trying new restaurants, and shopping for bargains. I’m also training to run my first marathon in February 2013.”

Writer’s Block

It was bound to happen. I sat down at my computer to write this column and…nothing. Blank screen. Writer’s block. So I did what any runner would do – I went out for a run, hoping to clear the cobwebs and find some inspiration. Didn’t work. I did, however, make have some interesting thoughts and observations as I ran around my neighborhood:

1. My Pandora radio app keeps skipping ahead about one minute into a song. Just when I start getting into a good song – BAM! – it’s gone. Not happy!
2. There is a curious one-sidedness of political yard signs in my neighborhood.
3. I need to put my Halloween decorations out, like, yesterday. First I suppose I’ll have to buy some.

Nothing worthy of a blog post, though. Or even related to running. So I decided to ask my family for ideas:

Husband: “Write about your socks.” Good idea – after the half marathon last weekend, I had big bleeding blisters on both of my heels. I believe it’s a sock issue, not a shoe issue. I’ve been experimenting with different socks, but I don’t think I’ll write about it until I find a winner. Maybe next time.

Dad and Sister: My dad (a lifelong runner) and my sister (my lifelong cheerleader) both suggested that I write about post-race recovery. Great topic, but I’m not sure that I did much more than take off my shoes, shower, and nap for three hours. Not really all that interesting, right?

Mom: Like any doting grandma, my mom thought I should write about my kids. She suggested I write about how my six year old tried to dress like me for her school’s Fun Run fundraiser, because she wanted to look like “a real runner.”

Six Year Old: “Write about shoes. Running shoes. Don’t take them off or they’ll run away from you! Get it? Running shoes? Shoes that RUN?”

 

Four Year Old: “Write about beautiful princesses getting married.”

I still have writer’s block. But check it out – I managed to write a whole column anyway. Thanks, family. I’ll be back next week, hopefully with something more interesting to say. But for now, I’ll leave you with this, one of my inspirations:

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