The trick is to keep running (and writing?)

Alexei Sorokin
2 min readJan 17, 2023

I follow several college and professional runners on Strava. Keira D’Amato, Connor Mantz, Charles Hicks. Some other runners — Jakob Ingebrigtsen and Eilish McColgan on social media. Of course, we run in different orbits, but I feel we’re not that different when it comes to the actual love of running.

Charles Hicks — he runs for Stanford — wins my love for coming up with the best short titles for his runs. They resonate so much!

Like this one:

I’m not a religious person, not at all, but that’s exactly how I feel on many of my runs. Exactly! I think I even speak these very words in my head when I run. I feel such grace that I communicate with God.

The other day Charles posted this run:

The trick is to keep running.

It’s nothing eye-opening, and not the most sophisticated combination of words. Cliche, isn’t it? But it’s the truth! Ultimate, simple, indisputable. It’s the ultimate trick in running. To just keep running.

Yesterday I had a very long run, twenty-four miles. I always do my long runs on Sundays. Today I thought about having a rest day, after…



Alexei Sorokin

A Russian immigrant in America, father of 4, Cambridge and Harvard Business School alum. I run and write every day.