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Day–8 The Writing & Running Spice


…VARIETY

If you were to write the same story over and over, each and every day, you would get bored and stop writing. So, why try to write only fiction, or only essays, or only poetry. By limiting yourself to only one form or genre of writing, writing can lose its excitement.

I wake up early to work on my fiction. But, I don’t work on the same novel every morning. I have a rough schedule of:

Monday: Novel-write

Tuesday: Novel-enter novel from notebook into computer

Wednesday: Short Story-write

Thursday: Short Story-enter short story into computer

Friday: Novel-edit

Saturday: Short Story-edit

Sunday: Novel- write or edit

By changing it up everyday I find I’m more excited to get to my writing.

I also do this with my non-fiction freelance work. I block out chunks of time for queries, writing, researching and submitting. And why only write essays? Try your hand at all non-fiction forms. Such as, profiles, interviews, service articles and reviews.

Writing Prompt–Today write in a form you normally would not write in. If you’re stuck in fiction, try writing an essay. If you’re caught up in poetry, write a short story. And, if you’re busy with freelance work, take some time to start that novel.

Running–In the world of running variety plays a huge part in  you sticking with it.

Imagine going to the track every day and running the same quarter mile loop over and over again. Boring. So, why would we choose to run the same 3 mile route at the same time every morning and at the same pace. We are creatures of habit and  that can be our downfall.

How do we pop ourselves out of the running rut?

Running on pavement can  get old fast, so give trail running a try.

If you always run on trail, go to the local track and do speed work.

If your a speed-work specialist, try going on a long slow distance run.

To stay motivated, all you need to do is change it up a bit. Run in new places and at new paces.

Running Prompt–Try to find a trail near to you that you’ve never run on. Go explore.

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Day 7–Birds of a feather Run together


I once heard someone say, “If you hang around the barbershop long enough, you’re bound to get your hair cut.”

I also think it’s safe to say,  if you hang around runner’s long enough, you’re bound to run.

Some of us might just happen to be surrounded by runner friends, but the majority of beginning runners don’t have this luxury. So what do you do if you don’t know a single runner? Start by getting to know some. You may have friends or acquaintances who run, and you don’t even know it. Once you start talking about your running, you’ll find that word spreads and other runners will find you.

But, what if you literally are the only runner in town. Then, how do you get inspired and learn from other runners? One good way is to check out some running forums. These are sites where you can find out what is going on in the running world, ask questions and find information on practically any running topic.

Here are a couple to check out:

RUNNERS WORLD FORUM

UK RUNNERS FORUM

LETS RUN FORUM

COOLRUNNING FORUM

BACKCOUNTRY RUNNER-trail running forum

ULTRAMARATHON RUNNING FORUM

Forums are a good place to start flocking together with other runners. In upcoming posts I will cover more ways to be inspired by other runners.

Writers can also benefit from fellow writer association, but if you think it’s hard to find a runner, try finding a writer. Sure there are millions of them, but if you don’t live in the right town, finding writing peers will be a challenge.

So what’s an aspiring writer to do?

Ways to flock together with other writers:

If you want to run everyday, and write everyday. Or maybe run and write everyday, please check out the intro for this blog. Start reading and you will be on track to a running/writing streak.

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Why I Love Running Up Hills


This morning I ran a new route through the mountains of Nicaragua. The trail undulated through steep climbs and sharp declines. The run gave me time to reflect on why I love running up hills.

I came up with one reason  for every mile I ran.

12 Reasons I Love Running Uphill

  1. I spent the last 2 years in a county that was so flat, I had to run in parking garages to hill train.
  2. During my last 100 mile ultra, the hills chewed me up.
  3. Running hills is not easy, and what’s running if it’s not hard?
  4. The toughest trail runners, warrior up hills.
  5. The Kenyans do it, enough said.
  6. It adds variety to the run.
  7. When I can’t bear any more, I have an excuse to walk.
  8. I love the saying, “Up the Hill, down the ale.”
  9. I like to Name my Nemesis. I name my toughest climbs.
  10.  Why trail run if you’re not running rugged.
  11. Next time it will be easier.
  12. What goes up, must come ……

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