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(personal) Only 1 blister! Score!

Yesterday was the day I ran my first solo 5k.  I did run about half of it – walked the other half, but that is fine.  My time was  1.05.56 – better than the last race (I think we were at 1.30 or something), and I was able to run across the finish line.  More importantly, I was able to walk afterwards and wasn’t too sore.  That happened later in the day, when my hips decided that they were done and locked up.  However, this morning, I’m feeling pretty good.

 

Taking today as a rest day – I have some writing/sewing to do.  And I’m going to take it easy on the hips/knees, so I can run tomorrow at the gym.  I’m already looking at what I need to work on for my next race in the fall.  I plan to run the Todd’s Trot again next year, and the goal will be to run it all in under 1 hr.

 

Today’s to-do list:

– Bake something.  Not sure what yet.  But something.

– Write at least 2k on Midsummerland’s outline (the best would be to finish the plot summary)

– Finish the line edit for Client #1 and get that back to them

– Fix 1 pair of pants for a friend

– Make meal plan for the week.

– Cut coupons.

 

I’m also going to make some time to play WoW today.  But right now, I have things to do.

(personal) Musings on birthdays and life

It’s my birthday today.  Today is the last time I will celebrate a birthday in my 30s – next year is the big 4-0.  I was talking to my new doctor on Thursday and you know, I don’t FEEL like I’m staring 40 in the face.  I don’t even feel 30.  I look at myself, and I don’t always recognize the person staring back at me, because to me, I’m still just fresh out of college.  Or worse, still IN college.  I feel like I should know things that I don’t.  I feel that I’m still learning.

 

And maybe that’s a good thing.  Maybe that’s why, in spite of a truly horrific weekend eating-wise, I’m still looking forward to my 5k race next Saturday.  I have yet to run 5k outside.  This will probably be my first time.  I haven’t looked at the course since, um, October, when I signed up for it.  But I’m still going to do it.

 

Why?  Because I want to.  I want to run outside.  I want to feel free.  I think I shall probably run after the Red Sox game, simply because I need to run.  Will it be a great run?  I don’t know yet.  But it’s warm and gorgeous and dammit, I need to be outside.

 

I’m going to write today too.  And work on the glorious new shrug that I’m making  – for me.  With yarn Mom and Dad got me for my birthday.  I’m hoping to have it done for tomorrow, so I can wear it to work.

 

This past week, when I was flaring?  It taught me that sometimes, it’s okay to slow down.  I don’t have to bull through things, or grit my teeth and pretend I’m fine.  I can have down days.  I can take time to just recover.

 

Sometimes, 300 words is all I will get.  (Especially after playing nearly 12 hours of WoW.  But hey, Level 62!!!)  Sometimes, I’ll get more.  I won’t write as fast as others do.  I write at my speed.  And I write well.  I run at my speed.  And I run.  Maybe not well, not yet, but I run.

 

I’m a work in progress.  The only thing that will stop that progress, besides death, is me.  I’m my own worst enemy sometimes.  And I have to remember that any progress, even just 300 words after a marathon WoW day, or a day spent sleeping off a Crohns flare, is progress.

 

Happy Birthday to me.

(personal/writing/health) Not dead!

In fact, I’m doing really well.  Just amazingly busy.  (What else is new?)

 

I’m up to day 34 of writing every day.  I leveled up last week, which means in order to get my points, I have to write 300 words a day, not 250.  I’m not up to NaNo level yet, but the habit is really sticking.  I have high hopes for Camp NaNo next month!

 

The current project is Pendragon Casefiles #1 – ghost story.  It needs a better title, but that will come.  At this point, it’s going to be a novella.  I’m looking at doing a series of them.  In anticipation of that, I submitted a prequel story to Every Photo Tells…  for their March photo.  As soon as that goes live, I’ll have a link for you!

 

I’m also still in training for my 5k run in April – only like 3 weeks away! Eek!  I’m so not ready.

 

But I’ll make it through.  The current plan is to blog here 3 days a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) and blog over at Cassandra’s blog on Tuesday and Thursday.  That blog is going to be more centered towards editing and proofreading, but there will be all sorts of things going on at both.

 

Also, con plans.  At this point, the only con I am planning on attending is CapClave in October.  I might go to Readercon, but I haven’t decided yet.  A lot depends on finances.

 

More info to come.

(personal/writing/health/reading) So many things running through my head…

And yet, I fee very calm.  Not crazy, just in a zen kind of mood.  I DO have a lot to do.  And I’m confident I can do it.

 

I’ve been gluten-free now for almost two months, and I can feel differences that I didn’t realize I would.  Things are clearer –  like a fog has lifted.  I’m not even really missing much, except bread.  I need to find a good bread recipe that doesn’t leave me chewing forever.  But I’m working on it – it’s a work in progress, just like a story.

 

I’m running too – I ran twice last week, and realized that I truly need to lose a bit more weight before I run on the track again.  My knees aren’t hurting, exactly, but I’m not doing them any favors by pounding on them with the track with a 285 lb body.  So for the remainder of this pass through the Couch to 5K program (I’m on Week 2, Day 2 for Monday), I’ll be running on the treadmill, working on dropping some weight.  Once I’m running the full 5K on the treadmill, I’ll switch back to the track.  April 6 is my deadline – that’s the Todd’s Trot 5k run that I’m doing for my birthday.  The goal is to run the entire thing.  Even if I finish 2 hours after everyone else.  I WILL run it!

 

I’m feeling more focused on my writing too.  I’ve shelved my pirate story for a while – it’s not working, and I’m thinking I’m going at it the wrong way.  So it goes back into the treasure chest to marinate, and I’m working on my ghosthunters again.  Although they’ve made a change too, which I like.  And I’m plugging along on my edits – hoping to have them out the door by the end of the month as well.

 

I’m reading again too.  I’m not really going to quantify, but I’m reading two interesting books right now.  One is called The Checklist Manifesto: How To Get Things Right by Dr. Atul Gawande.  It’s about how to use a checklist to make sure you are doing everything you need to.  It’s fascinating – he’s a surgeon, so most of his examples are medical-related, but he relates it to the real world.  I’m engrossed.

 

The other book I’m reading is The Little Women Letters by Gabrielle Donnelly.  Not normally my type of book, but Mom let me borrow it, and I’m loving how she’s weaving the tale of a modern day woman trying to find her way in life with letters from the characters in Little Women (who are this woman’s ancestors).  It’s a good reminder to read outside my genre.  I’m going to have to find some more like this.

 

This got longer than I thought it would, so I’ll put my to-do list on another page.  I do still have a list, after all!