A different kind of marathon in November

TL;DR: Not running or fitness related. Feel free to skip if that’s not what you’re here for. 🙂

I’ve decided to put my running on the back burner (not off the heat completely, it just needs to simmer in the background for a while) while I take on a different kind of challenge. Enter NaNoWriMo.

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, and its participants challenge themselves to write 50,000 words in the month of November every year. There are volunteers in cities all over the world organizing in-person write-ins, virtual write-ins, and moderating the forums on their website. What do you get for finishing? Satisfaction, a manuscript, and a certificate that you can print off if you’re so inclined. They don’t read it, there are no judges, and it’s all done on the honor system.

I know, I know, is it the best thing for my body to take on a challenge that has me sitting at a desk for hours a day? Maybe not, but I have a standing desk at home so I should be alright.

I’m really looking forward to challenging myself creatively after putting my creative self mostly on the shelf this fall to focus running and racing. My two selves, always in battle for my time. One of these days I’ll find a way to devote equal time to both. But for now, running will be three times a week, mostly on a treadmill, with no pace goal. Just a minimum distance goal of 5k, which is short enough to allow me to get right back to writing.

As for what I’m writing, that’s not important. It’s not an especially exciting or interesting story to anyone but me and no one will read it. I’m using this challenge to write a fictionalized version of some stuff I’ve been through and some anger I’m trying to work through to come to a place of forgiveness. Once I get through the first draft this month, it will likely be moved to my external hard drive where it can be discovered after I’m dead. No revision, no rereading. It’s being built to collect dust. I love that.

All of that being said, I’m likely not going to have much to talk about here in November. I’ve decided to stop posting weekly updates because they were boring me, which means they were probably boring you. Marathon training is when I really expect to have a lot more to say, so stay tuned for that!

If you’re participating in NaNoWriMo this year and want to cheer each other on, add me as a writing buddy on the Nano site!

In case I don’t talk to you, I’ll see you in December! ❤



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