|My bike and computer are side-by-side|
After 16 months of training, it was time to rest. Going from running 5-6 times a week to zero was not easy. I’d take off a few days, convince myself I was okay, and go out for run. I only had to run a mile to realize I wasn’t any better. My knee is on the mend now, but I have to be careful and not over-train. With that in mind, I bought a recumbent bike. This torture apparatus is supposed to work my calves, quads, hamstrings and glutes. That’s exactly what I need. First time on the bike yesterday, I rode 11.5 miles. Not a long distance because I just wanted to check it out. I liked it. And, it has an added benefit—reading time. If I can read and exercise at the same time, I’m on it!
From 2006-2010, after work and on weekends, I’d squeeze out every extra minute and pour them into my writing. I retired in 2010 and started writing full-time. By January 2012, my mind said, “Enough. It’s time to rest.”
Rest is built into the way we are designed, but we resist. I’ve always been good about getting enough sleep, but never good at resting. There was always something that had to be done—like clean the bathroom!
I think that’s what happened to me last year. Not only did body parts stop supporting my knee, but all the parts that went in to my writing quit working, too. Rest. Rest. Rest.
Rest is a good thing. It’s an antidote to stress. It gives the heart a chance to slow down. It reduces blood pressure. As a result, we have more energy and are better able to solve problems.
I was afraid to rest. Afraid that if I took time off from running, I’d lose fitness. If I took time off from writing, I’d lose my passion. I think in some ways that's true. I have lost fitness, and I have lost that drive to write to the exclusion of everything else. I’ll come back as a stronger runner because of cross-training, and I'm writing in a more balanced, relaxed way, which makes me a more insightful writer.
Rest. It’s important. Take a few minutes and de-stress this afternoon. You’ll be glad you did.
If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:
- Notes from Tabor Lane: Writing & Marketing Tweets from January 3 http://ow.ly/gxrcr
- Writing fiction with animal protagonists: http://t.co/xrMzQ4sO RT @elizabethscraig
- 4 Tips For Understanding KDP Select: http://t.co/EsIwModG @BadRedheadMedia RT @elizabethscraig
- How to de-risk book publishing: http://t.co/jYZXGzQ9 @magnify RT @elizabethscraig "Social Media has turned book marketing upside down"
- 10 Online Marketing Trends: What will move the needle in marketing this year @iamdellgines @Bookgal http://t.co/StYr1lOG
- 9 Proven Sales Tips for Introverts http://ow.ly/gxlmv Step out of your comfort zone . . .
- KDP and PubIt and Smashwords, Oh My! by Lorca Damon http://ow.ly/gxlKU Very good post.
- 7 Key Habits of Super Networkers http://ow.ly/gxmMj "Effective networking isn't a result of luck -- it requires hard work and persistence"
Agents and Editors Expect Novelists to Blog? @JodyHedlund http://ow.ly/gxsXo The answer might surprise you.
- But can you teach Creative Writing? http://ow.ly/gxtpe Read the 11 things that can be taught.
- 3 Erroneous Uses of Scare Quotes http://ow.ly/gxFmE via Daily Writing Tips
- How Do You Know If Your Work is Any Good http://ow.ly/gxFHx via @RachelleGardner @ElizabethSCraig
- Will Your Book Ever Be Published? http://ow.ly/gxGgq via Daily Writing Tips
- How Do You Find Time to Write, Promote, Learn New Tech, and Still Have a Life? by @janefriedman http://ow.ly/gxGvv
- How to Become an Influential Writer in the Age of AuthorRank - http://t.co/QVIaXhfc RT @copyblogger RT @bookgal:
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Happy writing & running, Kathy