The Long Run

Graph of Distance by Month for 2012

I’ve talked on here before about getting going with a running plan, but my consistency in some of those attempts has left a bit to be desired. I end up cutting back from 3 runs in a week to 2, and soon there’s no running at all. I got started on that “Couch to 5K” plan that involves progressively increasing the run-to-walk ratio of the workouts each week for about 9 weeks, but then I stalled out on week 4 for like a month and a half.

And then I got talked into signing up for the LA Marathon. Next March, I’ll join up with thousands of other runners to run 26 miles and 385 yards (42.195 kilometers) across the City of Los Angeles.

The argument that really got me was that having a specific goal in sight will help keep my training going. Judging by the chart above showing my total distance over the past few months (only since I started using Runkeeper), there might be some validity to that theory.

As if training for a marathon wasn’t enough, a friend has also talked me into setting a NaNoWriMo goal for myself. I won’t be trying to write an entire novel in the month of November, but I will be rewriting (at least) the first three chapters of Never Enough this month. My goal is 15 pages a week, or roughly a third of the standard NaNoWriMo goal. I’m just trying to be realistic. (You know, by signing up for a marathon and a novel-writing challenge at the same time.)

As for Mom’s house, one of the siblings is partnering with an old friend of mine to buy the house and remodel/renovate it. It’s nice to know that a family member will be involved in that process, and I’m looking forward to seeing how it works out.

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