A few months ago, one of my fabulous gal pals, (Teeko to most of you who read M. J.) convinced me to sign up for a 1/2 marathon at the end of March.

Keep in mind that back then I'd only been running a few weeks, and the longest run I'd ever completed was around five miles...give or take, (mostly give...) but my lovely friend was so encouraging and I was so gullible that I (stupidly) said, "Yes! Let's do that!"

Now, I didn't know then that I'd be plagued with stress fractures, (3 so far...), or that I'd suddenly decide to build a new house and sell my current one four minutes after putting it on the market, (sweet Jesus, what was I thinking?!), or that because of all that I'd get so far behind deadline that my agent's voice would begin to take on a permanent rather pitchy (panicked) tone, or that in December I'd hit the ripe old age of 45 and start to feel...45.

So the "race" is next month, and in the past few weeks the farthest shlog, (shuffle/jog that is my running style) I'd managed was five miles, and it was not a pleasant five miles, believe me.

Yesterday I looked at the calendar with big wide (baroooooga!) eyes, and realized that I am waaaaaaaaa(aaaaaaaaaaa)y behind the milage training I'm gonna need to make it through those 13.1 miles on March 31st. So I got up, put on my running shoes (and my big girl pants) and headed to the trail.

"Eight miles," I said to myself as I started the run. "I am gonna make it eight miles or die trying!" (famous last words...)

Mile one was a breeze...mile two...less so...mile five sucked...mile six...less so...immediately after reaching mile seven I was lapped by a fabulously fit, gorgeous twenty-something and as she breezed by me I actually shouted, "This is my SEVENTH mile, you know!"

She ran a little faster and at the other end of the park after that. ;)

Mile seven and a half was a bitch! Mile seven and three quarters was bitch's bitchy mother. But at last...at last...I did it. I ran eight (EIGHT) full miles. I then did a weakened version of the Rocky dance...and would have jumped up and down too if I'd had the strength to do more than keep from keeling over.

But I made it and that's something. :)

On the drive home I thought about how similar running long distances is to writing a novel. Both are horrendously hard, a test of stamina and endurance, and require one to find that place mentally where you can simply slip away into another world and lose all semblance of time, otherwise, your mind will call a halt to the process.

My message to you all, however, is that you really can accomplish more than you realize if you just set out with the intent to not quit until you've reached the end. Plug away page by page or mile by mile, focus on the step or the sentence right in front of you and just...keep...going, no matter what...just don't stop.

So if there's a goal you're thinking of reaching this year that's going to be difficult or super challenging, I salute you, my fabulous peeps! Know that I'll be pushing myself to my own writing and running limits this year as well, and remember that I'm pulling for you as much as I'm pulling for me.

Stay strong, and don't ever quit!

xoxo

Victoria
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message 1: by Ellen (new)

Ellen Good job! We are our own worst critics. If you hadn't finished that eight miles no one (probably) would have said anything about it but your own conscience would have heckled you to death! I know mine does. One day house will be built, the book written and the 1/2 marathon over. You will have the satisfaction of saying that you lived through all of it - LOL! BTW, I love your blogs.


message 2: by Megan (new)

Megan Wagner Mine is in a couple weeks. I know you said I would make it, but wow, have I been slacking on the training. I'm going to attempt 9-10 miles tomorrow and if I'm still breathing at the end. I'll make my hotel reservations.


message 3: by Victoria (new)

Victoria Ellen wrote: "Good job! We are our own worst critics. If you hadn't finished that eight miles no one (probably) would have said anything about it but your own conscience would have heckled you to death! I know..."

Thank you so much, Ellen! And, yes, all will be simply ducky in just a few months. If I live through them that is. ;)


message 4: by Victoria (new)

Victoria Megan wrote: "Mine is in a couple weeks. I know you said I would make it, but wow, have I been slacking on the training. I'm going to attempt 9-10 miles tomorrow and if I'm still breathing at the end. I'll mak..."

Oh, honey, you SO got this!!!!! I'm gonna go for 7 today, and if you can do 9-10...girl...NOTHING can stop you!!!! Whoooooop! Goooo, Megan!!!!


message 5: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Hmmm, very inspiring!!!!!!!!!!!! About this running thing... maybe I should start? I'm ridiculously overweight! I've also never really liked to run, but I am ending being overweight!!! Hey, I had a few bad years but now no matter what my future brings being over weight, ends!
My doctor says I'm healthy enough and I have a tread mill. Can I start running there? Any advice? Or maybe a gentle or not so gentle shove in the right direction?
I love you and your work regardless Victoria but I got a gut feeling, you so got this! Take care though :)


message 6: by Megan (new)

Megan Wagner Sarah wrote: "Hmmm, very inspiring!!!!!!!!!!!! About this running thing... maybe I should start? I'm ridiculously overweight! I've also never really liked to run, but I am ending being overweight!!! Hey, I had a..."

Hey Sarah, I am totally plugging my own blog here, but check it out, please. I am still overweight but I am way less overweight than I was (I have before and after pictures) I love and use the walk/run method. I feel way uncoordinated on the treadmill, but will use it as need be. I'm a physical therapist assistant so if you have any other questions related to exercise I can probably help you out.

And Victoria is awesome! If you get a chance go to one of her readings (complete with intuitive readings), so fun!

Megan

http://slimmingtater.blogspot.com/


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