Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Doing the Hard Things...continued

Some of you that know me know that I am trying to take up running. (I’ve been trying for about five years now. ;p) The problem is I don’t have the body of a runner, and I like to eat like a food critic or a gourmet chef (lots of real butter. Mmmmm, my fav).

When I first started running. It was hard! I mean...super nose bleeding hard for me! Plus I would sweat! Ew...Gross! I hate sweating. I got shin splints and the more I ran, the more stinky I'd get (Yuck! I am so not about the stink).

There were times I stopped because it was HARD!!! (I mean, what was I thinking? Running?)

Now, I'm at two miles at least three or four times a week AND I'm seeing results (okay, just a few). I'm not super skinny (um...please see food love above) and I still stink when I run (so stand back when you see me in sweats...really, this is not a joke). But I'm doing it (a little at a time).

I won't lie, it's still hard.

Elana J. mentioned this in her presentation a few weeks ago regarding writing the query. She said many times, “You can do the hard things.”

It was one of the best bits of information I had heard at this year’s conference. You can do the hard things, querying, finishing that first draft, revising for the umpteenth time, getting that critique back with uber stuff written in red (and then accepting it)…you can do the hard things.

It won’t be easy, you may want to quit from time to time. But all this will make you and your writing better. And you won’t even sweat while you do it. (Well, maybe a little, but you won’t be super stinky.)

So just remember…You CAN do the hard things! Woo hoo!

32 comments:

Susan R. Mills said...

I love this post! It's so true. It's the doing of the hard things that make us better.

Candyland said...

Good for you to keep at it! I just started working out again last week (ugh) and I HATE it. But you know, I'm proud I've kept at it too. And plus, you feel way better about yourself when you achieve the hard things.

Yamile said...

Good for you Carolyn! I'm not a runner. I'd much rather play a sport (like futbol or volleyball) or ride my bike. But I can't just take off and leave my kids while I go on a ride (those kids' bicycle things scare me to death) and it's pretty much impossible to find enough people to make up 2 teams to play a sport. So I resign myself and run. Or walk. Briskly. It's hard, it's tedious, but it's also so important that I do it.
Keep at it! One day, it won't be as hard. Hopefully.

Kristina P. said...

It is hard for me to continually drink Diet Coke. I will keep at it. :)

Kathi Oram Peterson said...

Running, wow! This is the second blog today about running. I so admire your determination. You're an inspiration. And I know you can do the hard thing in writing! You're a runner.

Angie said...

Ah, good for you! You're right about the hard things. It can be so easy to quit. I think I really needed this one today.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Wow, Carolyn. Running is hard - I'm impressed. I love the message of this post, and I love Elana! Thanks for the boost in positivity today. :-)

Jaydee Morgan said...

Great post. Right now, the writing seems hard but one must perservere. Never quit!

Sara B. Larson said...

What a great message - and totally true. When I first started working out again after I had son B, it was really hard to do it for a full hour. Some days I literally had to drag my butt to the gym and to the classes. But now, after making myself keep going for over a year, I LOVE it and the results are showing. Writing is so similar. You have to stay dedicated for so long, and get through some really hard stuff, and the results may take a while to start showing up. But it's so worth it! :-)

Jen said...

Way to go girl! You're a freakin' inspiration!!! Keep up the good and hard work!

Creepy Query Girl said...

Good on you for sticking with it! I hate running too! Not only do I look like some kind of derange osteridge (sp?) because for some reason my legs take up two thirds of my body- but I also suck at it. That's why I stick to cardio kickboxing videos in my living room...

Shari said...

My problem isn't the running. I love running. It's the eating. I love eating, too.

Rayna M. Iyer said...

I've been running for three years now, and I am anything but super slim. In fact, few runners I know are- most are too fond of their food, to be thin!

L.T. Elliot said...

great post, Carolyn. I'm thinking I should become a runner. All the runners I know are skinny, beautiful women. And many of them are writers too!

Elana Johnson said...

I only run when there is a large dog after me. But I do other hard things.

Go you!

Nichole Giles said...

I loved that bit of advice too. It really stuck with me, because she's right. Writing is hard. Running or working out is hard. Query writing is mucho hard, but I can do it, and so can you.

We're in this one together! Thanks for the encouragement.

Shelley Sly said...

Thanks for this uplifting post! There are some days where I really feel I absolutely can't do it, whether "it" is write, revise, get the guts to show my MS to others, etc. But you're right -- we can do the hard stuff. Thanks!

Melanie J said...

I've been toying with the idea of taking up running because I'm trying to figure out how exercise happens with three kids. I hate running, but I kinda know I'd feel great if I did it. Maybe I'm feeling inspired now . . .

lotusgirl said...

What a great post. We CAN do the hard things.

Danyelle said...

Great post and one of the best things I've learned in a long time. I would love to be a runner, but I get wind stitches just thinking about it. >.< So I do Tai Chi instead. O:)

Jackee said...

You CAN do the hard things! Elana is so very smart. And right. Glad running is coming together for you. I think I'll stick with the walking 4-5 miles instead of running... (hee, hee). And like Dany, I do Tai chi as well.

Besides, everybody's stinky when they exersice, so don't feel bad. :o)

Roland D. Yeomans said...

When faced with two paths, the harder one is usually the right one to select. If shin splints prove a bother, try biking. You make your own breeze and exercise different muscles than running. The constant jarring to your joints is removed with biking, and you still burn up calories and enjoy the experience a lot more. Roland

Tahereh said...

heck yes! loving your spirit!

with that kind of attitude, you'll go far, my friend!

fingers crossed for you!!

<33

Elle Strauss said...

Way to go!
I'm not a runner, but I do hard things--like writing, which is really hard. And like all hard things, incredibly rewarding.

Lynn said...

Excellent for you! I'm not a runner. And been having a hard time sticking to an excercise plan. I need to remember the hard things are always, always worth the effort. Great post!

Lynn Colt said...

Ack, running. I prefer long walks to combat my love of food :) And query-writing totally made me sweat buckets! But nothing worth having is easy, right?

Sarah said...

I love this post! Hate running (I have a Phoebe chicken run! Honestly! Friends stole that from me!). You wouldn't believe how good I am at talking myself out of doing hard things. I'm working on it!

Tiana Smith said...

I've been trying to get into running lately too. It's hard work, but now I can run longer and further than at any point before in my life! With writing, you just have to push through the hard stuff in order to see the results. Besides, if you don't try, you'll never get there :) Thanks for the reminder.

Shelley Sly said...

I'm back -- I know I already commented here, but I'm finally finding some time to catch up on blogs, and I wanted to thank you for my award all that time ago. I'm sorry I never stopped by to comment -- it's been a crazy month so far. But thank you so much for thinking of me! :) Hope you're doing well, Carolyn.

Lola Sharp said...

I LOVE this positive post (and Elana!)...I LOVE that you are sticking with the hard things. Go YOU!!!! :)
And, I LOVES me some yummy gourmet, fatty foods too. I just cannot diet. It's never gonna happen. I don't love exercise either, but it's better than dieting, so I try to force myself. Lately, though, I've been a slacker with regard to getting on (Satan's) treadmill. You've just inspired me to get off my butt and get back to the (evil) treadmill. Tomorrow's (vile and sweaty) run is dedicated to you, my friend! :)

Thanks for the inspiration.
Love,
Lola

Medeia Sharif said...

When I started years ago, it was hard to write. To sit there in silence and isolation was difficult. I had to train myself to get used to it. Then there were all the milestones to get used to, such as querying and such.

We can do it.

salarsenッ said...

Great post as always, Carolyn. Running? Not for me, but way-to-go for you.

Thanks for reminding me to persevere.