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Getting Ideas

Sometimes the best thing for your writing is to take a break, give your brain a break, and enjoy something that takes your breath away. That's why I like running. Fresh approach.  

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Livermore Half – here we come

I've been scaling away from full marathons and just doing a bunch of Half's. So the first Half for 2017 is March 26, 2017 at the Livermore Wine County Marathon - running and wine - works for me. Then onto the Armed Forces Half Marathon in May at the  Todos Santos Naval Weapons Station in Concord (Got our red, white…

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Now it’s about sticking with a schedule

My thoughts of speed enhancement are that - merely thoughts. I haven't done a lot, okay any,  speed or tempo training. But I am trying to maintain a schedule to stick with doing a bunch of HALF's. Finished Berkeley Half 11/22, the Hot Chocolate 15K (that after-run food knocked out any possible health benefit of the run) Oakland Half is…

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When you are the slowest . . . It’s all about perspective.

I never thought it would happen. Really, I never thought about age. I keep trying new things. But I never thought I would get slower in running. It's hard to accept. So when I entered the China Camp Trail Half Marathon, for some reason my young mind thought, just train and surely you can't be the slowest. Well, when you…

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Setbacks – Star Wars Half, or not to Half

I'm used to running (and writing) setbacks. 2014 seemed to have its share of them. First, plantar fasciitis, right at the beginning of the 2014 year, for the Tinkerbell Half. But I powered through it, then was out for 3 months, wearing a sleep boot. But all is good. Then I had basil cell carcinoma on my left calf (who…

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Do the same thing, get the same result.

This is so true. How hard I have tried to change up my running training -- like my writing. I did the Tinkerbell Half Marathon in January in costume and trained with friends. That helped attitude. Then got plantar fasciitis and did exercises and wore a sleep boot. That got me healthy. Then gave up alcohol and sugar for Lent.…

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Clearing Your Head & Roadblock Busters

Everyone hits roadblocks in their work and their writing. Sometimes coming up against one roadblock after another, and sometimes big slam-backs, just make you weary. You need something to clear your brain and give yourself a break. For me, it's running. And especially running along rivers, high desert paths (without super hi heat.) and trails that give me God's spectacular…

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Manuscript Revisions and Running – You need support groups!

Now that I am back from rehabbing, both on my manuscripts and on my lower back for running, I see they both take the same trajectory. For each, I have a support group of 3 people. Three people in my critique group, and three people for early morning runs along the marsh and bay. Both groups are an endless source…

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Injured Runner

Runner Injury Equates to Writer Critique Slam

I run and write. I realized that getting a runner injury is like getting a critique slam down on your manuscript. Both are big setbacks. And both require mental strength and the need to call in the support team to lift up your body and brain. I've been fortunate to run marathons and half marathons for the past 7 years…

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