25.5 Miles of Booyah!

Life can’t be all about writing so periodically I step away from the computer to get in some running. This weekend, my run time was all done during the 40th annual Gasparilla Distance Classic in Tampa, Florida. It was 25.5 miles over two days (a 15k and 5k on Saturday, and a half marathon on Sunday).

I’m so proud of everyone who ran, including myself! There was a time in my life when I would have sworn I’d never be able to do races like this so I really appreciate every time I complete one. That’s also why I say “booyah” to that race challenge! 🙂

For those of you who don’t know, the Gasparilla run is part of a two-month pirate-themed celebration that occurs in Tampa. As such, I had to have a little fun and add a “pirate” sash to my running outfit (yes, August Kyle is a pseudonym, hence the different name).

My mom, who is also a writer (Author Robin Michaela), went a step further and got a pirate-themed running shirt. She realized a little too late that it was actually a men’s shirt, but hey, it was worth the laughs! You didn’t know running could put hair on your chest, did you? 😉

My mom, husband, and I began running a few years ago. It started with a bucket list goal I had, to run a full marathon. A full seemed daunting at the time so we agreed to try a half marathon first. Three years later, I can say with confidence that we’ve shut down our aspirations for a full but it was exciting to realize that we’ve now run 12 races together (plus a bunch of individual side races).

This weekend, after we ran, we each reflected on how different we felt compared to when we first started. After our first half marathon, we all could have been extras in a zombie movie. We had to walk half a mile back to our car from the finish line and that half-mile was the longest walk EVER. Our sore muscles caused us to stumble everywhere and we were so fatigued that we could barely form coherent sentences.
Fast forward to this weekend and we were relatively normal, even after doing double the work. Of course we were tired and sore, but for all intents and purposes we were our usual selves.

It’s so nice to see progress like that and know you’re getting stronger and healthier! And, just like with stories, it’s great to realize how lessons from one part of your life can apply to others. For example, right now, I view my writing similar to my run training. When I first started running, it was a real struggle because I had to build up my endurance and muscles. Eventually, though, I found my groove and I’ve gotten stronger because I’ve continued to run even after accomplishing my initial goal. For my book, I’m building up my writing muscles – the routines, habits, and skills I need to craft what will (hopefully!) be a great story. 

A lot of people have the goal of writing a book. In fact, that specific goal used to be on my bucket list. Recently, though, I changed that goal to “establish a sustainable writing career” because really that’s what I’ve always wanted. So now I need to not only complete my first book but my second, third, and so on, until I got the point that my writing is stronger than ever.

What about you? What goals are you working on or have you accomplished lately? 

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