Strava Is for Health—And Generally Poetry

Strava Is for Health—And Generally Poetry

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After I obtained dwelling from a run in November of final 12 months, I typed into my cellphone a listing of issues I’d seen on my run and added it to my Strava publish. I assumed I’d maintain doing it, as an train in noticing issues. It was good, having a bit visible journal of the odd sights and sounds of my afternoon jog.

In fact, I couldn’t take it severely, and the very subsequent run, I wrote a brief poem, and put that on Strava. It went like this:

Procrastinator’s 5K

I would really like further credit score

for the energy I burned

sliding round within the snow


I simply saved doing it after that, each single time I recorded an exercise: Quick poems, lengthy poems, none of them with any kind of actual construction, however poems, concerning the issues I see or take into consideration after I’m out working, or climbing, or snowboarding. I don’t hearken to music or podcasts after I run, so I’ve loads of time to suppose. I assume there should be at the very least a number of different individuals who do that identical factor (Strava has 95 million customers in spite of everything), however I’ve solely heard from one different individual.

Once I scroll via my feed, I take pleasure in seeing what my buddies are as much as. However I actually take pleasure in seeing what my buddies are as much as once they take the additional 15 seconds to make use of that Strava house so as to add in a joke, whether or not or not it has something to do with what they only did on their run or trip or ski. And I believe that’s a pleasant factor to place out into the world.

Are my Strava poems any good? I assume they aren’t (however perhaps somebody with an MFA might present some readability). Is that this what Strava is for? Most individuals would say no, it’s not. I don’t even know if various individuals who comply with me have seen that I’m doing it, regardless of my having saved it up for nearly 4 months now. However I’m dedicated.

Listed here are a handful of them. If you happen to’re on Strava, you’ll be able to follow me here.

(All photographs: Brendan Leonard/Strava)

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