Friday, November 27, 2009

30 Weeks to Better Health

So for the month of November I participated in NaNoWrimo. I wrote about 73k words in under 30 days. It was a pretty mean feat and it showed me that I can do anything I put my mind to. I also helped cement my writing routine as a part of my life.

A couple of months ago I gave myself a goal to run a marathon. I failed miserably in my training. It was a combination of laziness and my famous tendency to overreach. But NaNo taught me me that I can do anything, right? So I'm going to make being healthy a part of my routine too. I'm going to train to run a marathon in 30 weeks. I've got a 30 week training plan, a diet plan that isn't a diet, and a burning desire to get back into shape.

You know, as writers, we owe it to ourselves to keep ourselves healthy. I spend most of my life sitting on my butt. My day job is in front of a computer, my writing life keeps me sitting, and I read as much as I can, which is primarily a sitting activity.

I'm not really sure if there's going to be a real marathon at the end of this 30 weeks. There are a couple that fall on the right date but getting to Hawaii might be difficult.

So that's all there is. My inspiration has been Shannon over at daily pie. Not only is she a fellow Crow, but she's got a kickin' blog and recently finished her first half marathon.

Oh, and if anyone has any god running songs, I'm totally looking for some!

Oh, I also got tickets to see Amanda Palmer in Orlando on the 13th of December.  I'm fairly excited about it.


  1. Rock on! You've chosen a great time to commit because you'll have good fitness/food habits developed before January, when everybody else resolves. They'll be like, "I wanna be like that guy."

    And that's all I got. I was a band geek in high school, not a cheerleader. :D Kidding, looking forward to reading about your progress.

  2. Oops, forgot music: Off By One's Mr. Universe is a song that doesn't quit. Dave listens to All American Rejects and Taking Back Sunday.

  3. I have hope that I'll do better this time than I did last. This time though I have a real 30 week plan that takes into account how out of shape I allowed myself to become.

    Ohhhh, good picks, I'll have to try Off By One :) Thanks!

  4. That's a lot of running.
    Congrats on winning NaNo.

    Did it turn out well?

  5. Lapetus: Congrats to you as well! I think it really did. I'll know better in a couple of weeks when I sit down to do the first revisions, but I'm really happy with it. How about you?

  6. (it's iapetus btw)

    Pretty good. This year I concentrated on story structure and stuck with my plan, although a lot of the details deviated from my original outline.

    It's a good first step.

  7. Iapetus (sorry for the misspelling!) - Sounds like a great plan. I think it's pretty much expected that a writer will deviate from the outline. I love uncovering those little nuggets in a story that really surprise me. Great stuff.


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