Writing is like Running…

That’s me! ME173 @ Bolder Boulder 10k

If you’re wondering where I have evaporated to, I’ve been training for the Rock n Roll Marathon in Denver in October with a friend. Holy cow, marathon training is serious, time-consuming bidness.

Forget about the fact that it is very (verrry) long run and that I will likely be a hollow and dried up husk of a woman after 26.2 miles in the mile high city. Yes, toss that aside for now.

Let’s think about the prep work. The build up of training. 

Week 1 – 10 miles total over 3 days (3, 4, 3) Easy.
Week 2 – 16 miles total over 4 days (3, 4, 3, 6) Not bad, especially with a partner.

Skip ahead to where I am:

Week 5 – 23 miles total over those same 4 days – omg really?  And my partner is out of town.  WTF marathon training schedule!?

Week 13 – 38 miles (20 of them in a single day) (insert maniacal laughter here)

I can’t be afraid of the numbers. I keep thinking that if I follow the training I will have what it takes when the day comes. I will have built up enough that I will have it in me to complete this race and accomplish my goal.

And that feels like writing.

When I set out to write my first novel I was blown away at how much work it was after only getting through the first threshold of 10,000 words. And then the next chapter came, and the next… and then my novel was completed.

Amazing life long goal achieved!!

Then there was that revision stage into draft 2, then 4, then 6… and now I am on draft 7.

I am starting to see a pattern here.

Running, like writing, or like anything worthwhile… takes effort and planning and time.

So, while I am out this evening doing the 10 miles that are slated for today, I’ll be thinking about coming home and sitting down at my desk (after a shower of course) to make another dent in draft 7.

I’ve put 100 miles on my sneakers in a month (that blows me away)… can I get this novel draft done in that same amount of time?  I look ahead to the end of August and it seems like it is actually within reach.

Just need to stick to the program.

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