Well, I’ve been writing a ton. So in an attempt to avoid turning into a large mound of fat, I’ve taken on the challenge of running a half marathon. Why half? Because I think I might die should I attempt a full one. I’ve always been in pretty good shape–but geez–26.2 miles, no thank you. This is the ‘year of the new year’s resolution’ for me, and I’m tackling several right now:
- Writing a book
- Buying a home
- Reading 40 books
- Running a half marathon.
Why do this to myself–because I can, I suppose.
The book is already done–just waiting to get final editing and what not. So I guess it’s not done, but it’s well on its way. I feel pretty good about that, but I’ll feel better when it’s finally available for purchase.
Closing on my first home purchase on the 28th (yay me!) so that goal should be completed soon barring unforeseen circumstances.
Totally low-balled the reading goal. I’m pretty sure I’m already over thirty books, and the year isn’t half over yet.
I think the half marathon will be the hardest by far. Here’s my latest workout progress courtesy of my awesome new Garmin watch:
You might be asking, “So what’s with the title of your post, bro? Nobody cares about running–how does it help?”
I’m going to tailor these answers to writers, because well, this is my writer’s blog, and that’s who my audience is (so far). If you don’t like it, tell me in the comments–I’m all about conflict! Not really…so don’t.
Moving right along. Like I said before, physical activity keeps your from turning into a big heap of blubber with fingers. If your body is your temple, you can’t treat your temple like [insert your own unique combination of expletives] and expect to keep your creative mind going. Your body needs sleep, activity and healthy food (for the most part) in order to function to full capacity. Why would your mind be any different? **disclaimer: I’m in no way a doctor. Perhaps that last sentence was crap, but I think it’s true nonetheless**
I don’t know about you, but I get pretty good ideas when I’m not busy trying to think of them. Reading the book The Art and Science of Light Bulb Moments by Tom Evans, I learned that you often have exceptional ideas during physical exercise. True? Yes, I’ve experienced it, but maybe it was because I thought it would happen, more than anything else. Either way, if it works, it works.
What about setting?
Doing a few laps around my favorite running hot-spots gives me descriptive ideas for setting. How could I use this lake in my writing? Romantic picnic; swimming challenge gone wrong; place to dump a body *looks around*–the possibilities are endless. Getting out and seeing nature (or man-made structure) definitely helps with ideas for setting.
Also, guess what you can listen to when you’re getting your miles in? Books. I have a healthy stable of audio books I can listen to when going for a run. They always say that a sure fire way to learn how to write better is to read books. Yes, listening isn’t exactly reading; but it’s somebody telling a story, right?
The point to this post (yes there is one, believe it or not) is that going out and getting in shape does more than just make you look good in a swimsuit. The mind and body both need physical activity in order operate at full potential. If you’re not wanting to be the best you possible, then I don’t know what the hell you’re trying to do. Challenging yourself is cool (says a guy that still uses the word cool). It always feels great when you accomplish new year’s resolutions because it’s soooo easy to say F it and quit in February.