Today’s Armchair BEA topic is about (to me) the business of blogging and writing — freelancing, monetizing your blog, etc. I don’t do any of this. As I mentioned yesterday, my blog is a hobby and while it would be wonderful be able to make a living writing about books (which would require reading all day — yay!), it’s just not the reason I started my blog.
So the alternate topic is to share a “fun” part of my life outside of books. Well, I don’t know that I’d call it fun (yet) but I’ve recently taken up running.
If you saw me you wouldn’t take me for a runner, but I’ve always had it in my mind that I’d like to run a 5k one day. The town in which I live puts on a 5k as part of their end of summer festival over Labor Day weekend so this year I signed up. No backing out for me now!
I’ve been “training” for about a month already, just getting myself into the habit of running, and I’m impressed with myself for sticking with it. I’m still doing run/walk intervals but I’m beginning to run more than I walk so I am making progress.
I’m doing this on my own but with lots of help and encouragement. I am working with a personal trainer at my gym and when he learned about my 5k goal he worked in some new exercises into our sessions to strengthen my legs for running. Also, my sister-in-law is an amazing inspiration. Two and a half years ago she decided that she wanted to take up running and do a half-marathon. She has since run five of them. When I mentioned to her that I was thinking of starting to run, she cheered loudly through the e-mail (I could hear her!) and she sent me links to all kinds of running sites she follows. She has taken on the role of virtual coach and it means so much to me that I have her in my corner. Yesterday she sent me this photo without any message, but I think the caption says it all:
I have to say I teared up a little bit.