Starting my Writing Journey? and RunLog July 13, 2020

Sometime I go off on tangents and that is where I have been for a few days. For several years, I have thought about writing a book and while I am strictly an amateur writer (with no delusions of grandeur), Saturday morning I sat down and started writing, by the end of the day I had over 10,000 words sloshing around in the computer.

No, I don’t expect it will ever be published, writing this book is more for my own enjoyment than anything at all. Some of the family might get to read it someday, but who knows what will happen. All I do know is that I enjoy writing and every so often the Muses like to smack me around a bit with their bright ideas that I have successfully ignored until now.

This time unfortunately, they caught me in a weak moment when I was unprepared for their advances, took advantage of my fingers and caused them to move before I could take back the computer. Now to figure out where to go from here and if I want to get serious about this book and Ni’ran or not.

I actually think that Elliott probably has the best plan, but sometimes the Muses are such sneaky pests and do lead me to roads less travelled, but I do love them so. Even when they add confusion and work into an already great life. 😉

Getting back to what this blog is supposed to be about – running.

Sunday I took the day off, nothing serious, more of me attempting to keep the streaking down to a minimum and since I am not really training for any races, I need the practice of taking a day off each week, even when I don’t really want to.

Planned run and focus: 5-6 miles slow and just battle the heat and humidity.

The Run

I ran while listening to the audiobook “On Writing” by Steven King. I have been listening to it for a few days (I think that is how the Muses wormed their way in) and wanted to finish it. So I focused more on the book than what I was doing running.

Going around Sunset Ridge was pretty miserable, no shade, bright sunshine, no breeze to speak of and just me plugging along, attempting to listen to Steven King talk about writing. I learned a lot, but the run sucked.

Yes, listening to the audiobook took my mind off the miserableness I was feeling, well at least until I got back to the Town Office, when I walked up the hill in front of there past the Campbell Farm. I just was not into doing the work of running and then when I got down to Blake Hill I walked again and then ran to the finish.

I have a feeling that if I am looking to simply get miles in, listening to an audiobook is okay, otherwise I don’t think I would use them if I am attempting any kind of quality run. When I am doing the work on running, I need to focus on running.

  • Course: Blue Ridge/Sunset Ridge O/B
  • Weather: Clear, 78°F, Feels like 79°F, Humidity 70%, Wind 2mph from SW  and when I got home the thermeter read 82*F
  • Distance: 6.2
  • Time: 1:01:11
  • Pace: 9:52

Splits:

  • 1.0 – 9:33
  • 2.0 – 9:15
  • 3.0 – 9:22
  • 4.0 – 9:21
  • 5.0 – 11:02
  • 6.0 – 10:41
  • 0.2 – 9:34

Shoes: Mizuno Inspire 15 – I put tape over the right ankle since the blister from last week has not healed yet and it was fine. I had tightened down the left foot just a little too snug, but otherwise the Inspires did just fine. Still noisy, but getting more comfortable.

Anything else:

Did I mention it was hot and miserable, so of course this afternoon, I went out and played with walking behind the lawn mower for an hour and half. That was loads of fun too.

It is summer and I will be whining six months from now about how frigging cold it is.

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2 Comments

  1. I have a novel I wrote like 10 years ago on a hard drive somewhere. No one has ever read it, not sure anyone ever will. I read or listen to On Writing at least once every year for inspiration. Stephen King is my favorite storyteller, even if some of the horror stuff is hokey, and I enjoy him the most when he is writing about himself and his process.

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    1. That is pretty cool Scott, this is the first time that I have gotten serious about writing something. It was one of those things I always thought about, but never really had the gumption to get to it. I have read most of his books and will always remember starting Salem’s Lot at on a midwatch and finishing it at 10:00 AM the next morning. I was station down in South Portland at the time and so many of the areas were rather familiar or at least the names were. I have a feeling that I have a Stand re-read coming my way soon. 🙂 Dust off the book and take a look at it again, you might be re-energized and you never know, we might be talking about Scott Martin and Steven King in the same sentences in a few years. 🙂 Do it and have fun with it.

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