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Day 41–We All Get Wrinkles


Do you remember being 12 years old and counting the days until you turned  16?  The milestone of qualifying for a driver’s license.

After that, the next big age goal seems to be legal drinking age.

Then what? What milestone age comes next?

Many people look back and long to be 12 again, or just stay in their twenties. Who really wants to grow old?

The reality is, we all get wrinkles.

It’s not the fact we get wrinkles, as much as what we decide to do with them.

In his essay, Running into Old Age, George Sheehan wrote,

“What I have lost I can afford to lose. What I have gained is something I cannot do without.”
George Sheehan was a shining example of a runner & writer. He wrote prolifically and ran to match his writing. He kept on running and writing throughout his life.

It’s inevitable that with age runners are bound to lose some speed and endurance.  Sheehan noticed his race times getting slower and slower, but instead of fighting these realities he decided to focus on the positives.

With the added years, miles, and written and read words he noticed added insight and wisdom.

So how are we runners & writers going to face our future? With dread or as the well read?

One of the best things about being a runner and writer is what you learn along the way. There’s no avoiding the knowledge and insight that will come with long runs and writing.

Some of the best writers and long distance runners are the seasoned veterans.

No matter what your age, embrace it. Start running and keep running. Give writing a try and give it time, it only gets better with age.

Dr. Sheehan came to the conclusion, when I push to the limit, I am a boy again-an untried youth listening to the wisdom of my body.”

Do you feel getting older as a runner or writer is positive or negative?

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Day 25–The Writer’s Manifesto


“Real writers don’t write for recognition.
They don’t do it for fame,
accolades,
or notoriety.
They do it because they cannot not write”

These are some of the first words in Jeff Goins new e-book, “The Writer’s Manifesto.”

He also adds, “Writers don’t write to get published.
They write for the love of writing.”

This book is about getting back to the heart of writing.

The book is a very inspiring read, for newer and seasoned writers alike. If you are new to writing, it will set you off on the right foot, and if you’re a writer with millions of words behind you, this book can bring you back to the realities of why we write.

I liked the book because it is more of a poem, than a story or non-fiction piece. It can be read through in less than 15 minutes, but it begs to be revisited and pondered on.

There are many great lines throughout the book. The writing is crisp and alive.

For example, “As we care less about our audience’s affections,
more people will be affected by our writing.”

So I encourage any writer, fledgling or grand master to give this book a read. And did I mention it’s free.

To get your copy go to: Jeff Goins Writer

Please give his site a visit, read the book and then get back to me on what you think.

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Day 6–Fueled to Run & Write


Before the Run

What I eat this morning will hinge on, when I’m running,  how far I’m running and how fast I will be running.

For example, if I’m planning on doing a short run of 3 to 7 miles, I will not eat anything at all, because I have enough stored energy to accomplish the run. But, if I plan on running 8 miles or more I will probably eat some toast, a bagel or bowl of cereal. I usually don’t eat anything before a run, unless I’m going over 10 miles. But, part of fueling for the run is knowing your own needs and catering to them.

If I’m running later in the day, at say lunchtime or late afternoon, my food for the day is affected in a different way.

I know personally, that running with a full stomach or even half-full stomach does not bode well with me. If I run with too much undigested food swimming around inside me, I will face discomfort for my entire run. So, if I plan on running at lunch, I’m careful about how big of a breakfast I eat. If I’m running late afternoon, I eat a very light lunch. I never run after dinner, only because I never feel that my food has digested, this does work well for some though.

I especially need to beware of what I eat if I’m planning on running fast or doing speed-work. Going fast seems to really stir things up, so I’m extra careful to not have too much in me.

No matter how far I’m going, I do like to get some coffee flowing through my veins.

During the Run

What I eat during a run totally depends on how far I’m going. I drink water during any run over 7 miles–this does depend on temperature. And I don’t start eating during a run unless I’m doing a run over 12 miles.

When I do a run over 12 miles, I start fueling at about 5 miles, taking some sort of energy gel shots. I also like drinking an energy drink, my personal favorite is Heed by Hammer Nutrition. Other personal fueling favorites are, nuts such as almonds or cashews, bananas, and Clif bars. I eat these things on runs up to 25 miles. After that fueling becomes a whole different beast, which we will cover in later posts.

After the Run

The crucial time for fueling for me is after the run.  I feel this is not only the most important time, but also the most enjoyable time.

During the run my fueling is utilitarian–all business. After the run, I eat more of what I’m craving, but with nutrients in mind. I try to get a good ratio of carbohydrate to protein. 3 carbohydrate to 1 protein is often suggested. I’m not a stickler on the whole ratio.

Here are some post run favorites of mine.

  • Any cereal, mostly Kashi, with peanut butter, banana and honey.
  • Yogurt with nuts, banana, honey and granola.
  • An after long-run tradition is Whole Grain Pancakes.
  • Peanut Butter and Jam sandwich
  • Shake including, hemp protein or other protein powder, frozen fruit, yogurt, oats
  • Toast and Eggs

When I’ve run an ultra-distance I throw the whole thing in the wind, and eat and drink whatever I need and want.

I find half the fun of running is fueling for and after the run.

The more you run, the more you will note the connection between your eating and running.

Fueling to Write

I already know what you’re thinking how do you fuel to write. This is my personal list.

  • A guarantee–Coffee.
  • Healthy food, since your butt is in the chair half the day.
  • Eat breakfast before I start.
  • Don’t skip lunch.
  • Take an afternoon healthy snack break.
  • A little more inspiration–Coffee.
  • A late night session means a little red wine, Ale or vodka. But, in definite moderation.

Running Prompt-Write down what you eat and drink for the entire day, note how you feel.

Writing Prompt-Write about your favorite drink, and what would happen if you couldn’t have it.

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Day 1–Start Running and Writing Today


The first thing to do is get a calendar, organizer or sheet of paper with everyday of the month listed on it. Starting from today figure out where one month would be from now. On that day write how many days you will run between now and then, whether it is 5 or 30. Then write down how many days you will write between now and then. Ideally, it will be every day.

Now, choose the days you will run, write or do both during this month. Mark these days with a highlighter or however you can. If you plan on writing and running draw a line through each day, put an R on one side and a W on the other. As you  meet your goal of running or writing on these days, cross out the letter or mark it off however you see fit. As long as you can look back and see what days you reached your goal.

Of course, the idea of this blog is to get you going each day. Every day. So if today is your first day, run and write.

Right now, miles and word counts are not important. If you run one mile, you ran. If you wrote one sentence, you wrote. Today is day one, so get out on the trail or road, and put your pencil to paper.

Hang your calendar on a wall where you will see it every day, either next to the bathroom mirror, on the fridge or paste it to the kitchen table. The important thing is that it is staring you in the face, reminding you to run and write.

Besides the calendar, it would be a good idea to devote a notebook to your running/writing program. Every day write down any information you want. Ideas for running would be, miles, time, where you ran, shoes you ran in, weather, etc. On the writing side of this you could write down what you wrote, whether it was a poem, short story, essay or part of a journal. Also include how many words you wrote.  The key is having your success documented.

After you write you will feel better. After you run you will feel better. Hop in bed tonight knowing you accomplished something that benefits your health and well being, it will help you sleep sound.

So start today. Run and write. And cross off  DAY 1 with pride.

Only 364 to go.

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Introduction-Welcome to run, write, read, repeat


If you want to be motivated and inspired to run, write and read every day, this is the place for you. This page will cater to beginning runners and writers, as well as the the seasoned veterans. The purpose of this daily motivator is to keep runners and writers in a routine.

Whether you are an aspiring poet, wannabe runner, ultrarunner, short story writer or novelist, this site will keep getting you out the door and putting pen to paper. This site is designed for you to read one post daily, so you can skip around if you like, but to truly benefit, start at day 1 and continue reading one post a day. After a year you will running, writing and reading more and with new meaning.

This site will encourage streak running and writing (running everyday, writing everyday) and show you how it can be done successfully and with ease. But, if you’re not a streaker, no worries, you can still utilize this site to push your running and writing forward.
The site depends on you just as much as you depend on it. We need feedback, questions and followers. So let us know your thoughts, positive or negative. If you like the site, please suggest us to friends, tweet about us and follow us.

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