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!