Sunday, January 31, 2010

Writing is a Lot Like Running

It's true. Both can be a lot of hard work or a lot of fun. It just depends on your perspective.

Sometimes just getting started is the hardest part and it can feel a little intimidating.

How do I begin?
Where do I begin?
How do I prepare?

There are so many questions, one might even be "who do I ask?"

You have to set goals and start out easy or you might get overwhelmed.

I know from experience--at least when it comes to running. I used to be a "runner". I know, most people wouldn't believe that from looking at me now. But back before I had kids, I used to run at least two miles a day, 3 to 4 times a week. Then I had kids and my entire world changed. Their goals became my goals.

Well, now the kids are grown and it's time to get back to a few of my own goals: one is running and one is writing.

Currently I just started training for the Shamrock run here in Portland, which benefits Doernbecher Children's Hospital. And, I'm also trying to get a manuscript published. Both take a lot of focus, concentration and commitment--plus, a lot of hard work. But, as I reach each goal, I have a sense of satisfaction.

And, I may never win a marathon but at least I'll complete one. And, my manuscripts will be finished. There's joy in the journey--we just need to remember that.

6 comments:

Christina Farley said...

I love running! Yes, you are so right. It's a tough race but the feeling you feel afterwards makes it so worth it.

Bish Denham said...

Running has always been too hard on my knees and ankles, so I've never done much of it. But I can walk and swim.

Good luck in your training, on all levels!

Jen on the Edge said...

I've taken up a little -- operative word "little" -- running in the past few months. I don't love it, but I want to keep at it and hopefully will run a four-miler this September.

Stephanie Faris said...

I think they are similar because both require you keep pushing on when it seems you've reached the hardest point.

Lisa Nowak said...

Good luck with both your goals. I don't like running, but I walk every day.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Anyone who trains for a marathon has my respect.
And comparing that discipline to finishing a manuscript is a perfect analogy.