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.  And, at the start of 2019, I created two chapbooks of poetry from them: River Running and How to Be When You Cannot See.

When I started this project in 2017, it was in conjunction with training for my first marathon. In August of that year, I was injured. I stopped training but not writing. And then, after 2 months off, I began running again. Now in 2019, I’m ready to give the marathon another try. I will be training all this year for the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon in October. My primary goal: to make it to the starting line.

Photo by Scott Anderson. Taken at the Mississippi River Gorge when the feels like temperature was -5 degrees.