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Saving Face

Finally, finally, snow has arrived in my neck of the woods, though it came hours before my second race of the winter and hit again the night before my third.  Timing.  But I’ll be honest, it feels much more like an achievement born of dedication to tell people you fought your way through legit wintry race conditions than to say you ran on a cloudy day with temps in the mid-40’s.  So I’ll take it.  And I’ll feel all proud of myself whilst I share the story with you…

New fallen snow on race day #2

New-fallen snow on race day #2

RACE #2

There was some question as to whether or not I’d be able to run this race.  I’d been nursing a sore back for a few weeks and knew I had another, longer race coming within days of this one, and that the conditions could be dicey.  Wes had been wanting to spend a snowy day on a nearby 11 mile hike and this would have been a good day for it.  In the end, though, he told me to go ahead and run.  Then spent the rest of the day crabby.  But that’s another post… Read more…

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The Finish Line (or Something Like it) and Playing Chicken

A commercial meat chicken production house in ...

It’s the last day of November.  Time to reflect on my accomplishments over the past 30 days.  No doubt about it, this was an expensive, intense, break-neck speed a big month around here, so let’s just see where we are… Read more…

The First Step from Impossible

Every once in a while youtube offers the world something truly worth watching.  This video just made my week.  It tells the story of Arthur Goorman, a disabled Gulf War paratrooper who decided to draw his own conclusions about what was and was not possible.  If you can watch this footage and not be moved, I suggest you spend a few moments alone and examine yourself to make sure you do, in fact, have a soul.

Running With the Night

Run dark...

Run dark… (Photo credit: clogsilk)

It’d been three days since my last run, and it was getting to me. That “I need to get out and GO” twitch can be mighty anxiety-provoking. I should have gone this morning, but one thing led to another and before I knew it the night was upon me, leaving me with a choice: go after dark, sticking to busy (or as busy as any street can be on a Sunday night), well-lit streets, or unbelievably early tomorrow morning. I didn’t want to let the day pass without getting my run in. Night run it was. Read more…

Cold, Inside Out

Frozen heart

Frozen heart (Photo credit: net_efekt)

Cold and I have a love/hate relationship.  I shouldn’t even give it a second thought, really; I’m a transplanted Northerner, so I grew up in its presence, and I can only ever remember one time in my younger days when I took any notice of it.  But I remember the struggle I had with it that night, fighting it, enduring it, calling on my mental reserves to keep me going.  Don’t get me wrong, I was only waiting for a ride, not lost in the wilderness, and I was even able to stand indoors.  But the freeze took hold of me and wouldn’t be driven out.  Cold didn’t notice, perhaps out of spite, that it belonged to the outside of our modern world, and wasn’t welcome indoors.  Instead, it decided to make itself at home and stay awhile, in the form of the person standing next to me. Read more…

NaNo- wha?

‘Tis the season.  We’ve come round to November again (16 days ago) and we all know what that means.  (If anyone says, “Black Friday!” we will officially head into rant territory.)  I’m speaking, of course, of National Novel Writing Month, quirkily known as “NaNoWriMo.”  Yes, it’s NaNo time for all my writer friends out there…a most wonderful, wonderful, wonderful, wonderful, wonderful time of the year!  (If you missed the reference, and maybe even if you didn’t, I apologize for the irritation of reading that.  Check out this little jingle if life just can’t go on until you’re in the know- or if you’ve suddenly been hit with nostalgia.)

I love nano (but I hate intermittent capitalization, so we’re dropping it from here on out).  It’s brilliant.  If you’ve done it before, you know the feeling.  If it’s new to you, head over to the site and look around, but in a nutshell, signing up for nano means you pledge to write an entire novel in the month of November (or a 50K-word portion of one).  “31 days and nights of literary abandon” is the slogan, and rightly so.  To accomplish this feat you’ll have to do some leave-taking, of your family, your work, your dog, your sleep, and obviously your senses.  But it’s completely worth it.  If you’ve always wanted to write “for real,” not just every six months or so, nano will help you make that dream a priority.  The accountability of the program is a nifty illusion; no one polices the participants, other than any nano friends that may be in the mix with you, but somehow that promise you make to no one but yourself becomes awfully weighty by the time Thanksgiving appears on the horizon.

Which is where I find myself right now.  Can’t believe I’ll fall short yet again this year of the holy nano grail.  Actually I can believe it.  It’s been that kind of year.  But that shouldn’t stop you.  You can be twice as amazing if you sign up now and finish in half the time.  Triple your awesomeness if you take running breaks to clear your head and daydream about your characters’ backstories.

If you’re already a wrimoer, kudos, my friend.  And all hail if you’ve completed it successfully, past or present.  The rest of us will keep stabbing at it until we get there with you, won’t we?  If you are a writer/runner, you are blessed with double the optimism, ’cause it takes a serious cargo of it to stick with either one.  So I have every confidence in you.

Write on and run it off, my friends!

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