Hi, I’m Sara Puotinen (sara@room34.com). Several times a week I run by the Mississippi River Gorge in South Minneapolis and then write about it in this log.

2 years ago, I read Thomas Gardner’s Poverty Creek Journal and was inspired to begin my own writing and running story project. For each run, I post a log entry about it. I try to write these entries immediately after my run. Usually they’re my notes about what I remember from the run—what I thought about, felt, heard, saw, smelled, experienced. Occasionally, they include some poetry fragments. Later I return to these notes and use them to write running essays and poetry. I’ve been posting many of these essays/poems on this site in My Running Stories.