David Brooks of the New York Times often writes about politics and economics from a slightly right-leaning sociological view. Today, however, he's written an article about "Genius" in which he argues for something that you and I have always known: that genius is the product of deliberate practice. (I wrote about this when Bobby Fischer passed away.) What makes us great is not, as he puts it, some "divine spark" but rather the ability to "develop a deliberate, strenuous, and boring practice routine."
Sounds a bit like running, to me.