Thursday, March 8, 2012

Twenty-Four Days to the Finish Line - Critique Partners & Running Buddies

Drink water and lots of it.  Huh? 

While training to run a full or half-marathon, long runs are scheduled usually on the weekends because (1) you have more time, (2) running buddies are usually available, and (3) races are generally scheduled for weekends so you condition your body for long runs on Saturday or Sunday. Planning long runs involve more than putting on your shoes and heading out the door. You need to refuel during the two to three hours you run. No matter how far you go or how fast you run, you’ll get dehydrated.
Drink. Drink. Drink.

Sometimes when writing you get dehydrated, too, and your heart starts pumping sludge, or rather your brain does. That’s when you need a refueling station and a running buddy to keep you hydrated and on track. A refueling station in a writer’s world is often times a conferences or an on-line class. It’s a time to get motivated and recharged, and also a time to learn something new about the craft of writing. A running buddy in a writer’s world is a critique partner. They are often hard to find but when you connect with another writer, the relationship develops into a lifeline. A good critique partner like a running buddy will never run off and leave you. They’ll be at your door at 6:00 a.m. to get your butt out of bed for a run because they know and understand your running goals. That’s what a good crit partner will do.  They’ll read your pages, offer comments and suggestions, and encourage you. A good crit partner, like a running buddy, wants you to be successful and will do the "happy dance" with you at the finish line.

Today, enjoy your buddies whether they’re running with you, supporting you from afar, or writing with you. Celebrate your miles together. 

Happy writing and running, Kathy

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