Monday, March 19, 2012

Victory!

Thank you Photobucket! 
For those of you who have been following me for a while, you know that I've been trying to run for a long...long...long time.

I've always had issues with running (side stitches, shin splints, pulled tendons, chocolate cravings while running...curse you delicious chocolate).

 A month ago, I started running and just ran. I gave myself little goals and marked off each one as I passed it.

 Well, last week I finally had a break through. I ran without getting winded (actually it's not winded...it's dying I don't feel like dying anymore). I know! I can't believe it either!

The secret: Consistency. 

Instead of being wishy-washy (I'm not talking about my mountain of laundry...although it should be wishy-washy), I set a goal to run 3 times a week and I increased my running time (from like five minute to ten...hee hee, j/k. I run an hour-not all running).

I can't believe the difference it's made! Why didn't anyone tell me sooner? (Evil eye to all my skinny runner friends.) I know I'm not the best runner, but hey...I'll take this victory (with a side of m-n-m's please)!

The same thing goes with writing. If you want to get that book finished, if you want to become a better writer...be consistent. Set little goals and achieve them, and then set more.

I know I've been stuck in that writing lull this year and the only way I pulled through it was setting aside writing time and sticking with it. It's done wonders!

So tell me, what are your little victories this week? What writing tips do you want to pass on that have helped you get passed the lulls? Anything...anything?

Have a great week everyone!

25 comments:

Carolyn Abiad said...

I got a revise and resubmit. I guess that's a good thing, but I'm feeling like an out of shape runner. I need to take the ms apart to rework it-again. Baby steps!

Susan R. Mills said...

My little victory this week is that I started blogging again and I've returned to my writing. I took a little break. Well actually a really long break. Too long! I'm excited to get back into the swing of things on both fronts. Congrats on your running! I'm impressed.

Mary E Campbell said...

My victory this week is that I'm actually working on my WIP. I made a breakthrough and I'm moving forward. Congratulations on improving your running. I hate running - I'm working on walking everyday right now. Baby steps - right?

Creepy Query Girl said...

Good for you! I've started working out three times a week (cardio kickboxing and pilates videos) and it's made such a difference in my body and energy level. I can't run- okay I can. but I absolutely hate it and suck at it. I haven't written anything new since the revisions for the agents. I have two projects in mind but I'm not sure when I'll get to them.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Oh, you are so wise, bff! I am starting, full focus, back on my diet. And my MS. :)

Angie said...

Hooray for achieving your goals! It's always a great feeling. I forced myself to stay in the writing chair for an hour this morning, no getting distracted, and I wrote 2+ pages. Phew! It's been awhile.

Jolene Perry said...

I'm determined to get back into running this summer. I know this is crazy, but knowing both kiddos will be in school next year makes it so much easier! LIke I know I'll finally be able to keep up the routine!

Kate Coursey said...

This is awesome! I love exercising, and it's definitely easier once you get into a good rhythm. My little victory was that I started drafting after a three week break. It was really hard to motivate myself, but once I got going I couldn't stop!

Annalisa said...

Dang. You made me and my busted knee miss running :). I walk part of my runs when I do long runs too. Or did. Congratulations. It's a great feeling to switch from death's door to euphoria at running.

My little, tiny victory this week is that I feel a little less depressed about my writing today than I did yesterday :). Maybe it's because I made a little headway in my new novel. Writing keeps me from getting down about querying.

Windy Aphayrath said...

That is fantastic! I'm totally taking one out of your book and starting running. I really don't enjoy running, but I WANT to! Thanks for the tip!

L.T. Elliot said...

Congrats! You're a great runner and I'm glad you're reaching a place you're happy with!

KarenG said...

It's kinda funny how the same stuff applies to everything isn't it? Running, writing, learning to play a musical instrument, speaking a new language. You'd think we'd all get this by now instead of having to be reminded constantly. I can't tell you how many times I've read a blog post (like yours today) that tells me what I know but I desperately need reminding of it just the same!

Sherrie Petersen said...

My victory this week was finishing a difficult chapter. Having a deadline (thank you, critique group) helped!

J.R. Johansson said...

That's so great!! Nothing like a little Monday morning inspiration. ;-)

Jennifer Shirk said...

Yay! Good for you!!
I just started to get back into running last week and was depressed how out of running shape I am now. I need to work myself back up to it.

David P. King said...

This last week I got through 3 chapters of my rewrite. Sure was nice getting that jump in. Consistency = key. Glad to see you up and running! :)

MTeacress said...

I admire your fortitude! I cannot run. I can walk and walk and walk - but running...nope.

However, your analogy has reminded me that I need to do SOMETHING to get out of my writing lull. Little goals - I can do that. Wish me luck.

Susan Fields said...

Great job on your running! If I go too many days without runny, I get antsy (and my legs cramp up, too - weird). I feel so much better when I make time to run regularly.

Susan Fields said...

Make that, "too many days with running" not "runny." Oops!

Patti said...

I know I play soccer, but I absolutely hate going for a run, but love the feeling afterwards. If only I could bottle that feeling. Congrats to you. Love it when people reach their goals.

Janet Johnson said...

Go you! Running is a crazy love/hate thing, isn't it?

My goal this month with writing has been to write 1K/day. It's been a really great way to improve and actually get stuff done even when I'm not feeling "inspired." :)

J. A. Bennett said...

What an awesome accomplishment! Keep at it! I'll be rooting for you :)

Shelley Sly said...

Congrats, Carolyn! That is a great accomplishment, and you should feel proud!

I'm working my way toward being able to jog a 5K in September. Today I tried to transition from fast walking to jogging, and I had a lot of trouble. Your story gives me hope. I hope that soon I'll be able to run without getting out of breath!

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Congratulations on your running goals! Running takes time to build up to. I'm not a runner, but I've been going to an extreme fitness club for 11 weeks. When I first started I could do 4 push ups in 1 minute. At 10 weeks I could do 39!

When I get in a writing lull I ask all my writing friends who needs a critique. It seems to stimulate my writing...

Best wishes on getting your writing groove back. :)

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