Day 23: The Crowd Called Out For More

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

I wasn't much of an athlete in high school.  In fact, my athletic endeavors were pretty much limited to hanging out with friends, playing various coach-assigned sports, in gym class.

As I've gotten older, that lack of athletic activity--and interest--has changed.  Since then, I've gotten into running as a pastime, a love that started several years after high school, no doubt a throwback to early mornings when I was ten and eleven, when my step father came to my bedroom door at five in the morning, asking if I was running today.  Most days I said no.  But on that rare day I said yes, I was in for a thrill.

Since then, I've run a few races.  And there's always a very special moment in the race, whether you're running a 5k or a marathon: the moment when the finish line comes into view.  I don't know if you've experienced it, but that feeling is breathtaking in it's reality, so visceral and real that I can still conjure it sitting at my desk.

I think that moment is so pivotal because seeing the finish line is a very real example of a payoff.  Here's you've been running some long distance, slugging along, wondering how you decided to embark upon such a misplaced, out-of-sorts endeavor, when validation, in the form of a physical end to your troubles comes into view.  It's truly a motivator, if there ever was one.  And I'd say the fastest parts of the few races I've done have been between that point and the finish line.

A similar thing happened to me today, on the writing front.  When I woke up this morning, I realized 50k was within spitting distance, and I happened to have a few hours free this afternoon.  A gander over to the right shows the result: I'm done with NaNo 2011.

And really happy about it too!  I even bought a bottle of champagne for me and the wife to celebrate. 

How goes it with you?  Take a look, out there and the horizon, and I think you'll see the finish line too!  Here's to hoping you get across quickly, and I'm raising a glass to your success!  Cheers!  :D

5 bolts from the blue:

Joshua said...

I've never been an athlete. Except for ultimate frisbee. I rock. Or, used to, anyway. It's the ability to throw myself at the ground.

Congrats again on the NaNo finish!

Lola Sharp said...

WOOHOOO!!!! YOU DID IT!!! (And yes, Nano it IS like running a marathon, in its way.) I KNEW you could and would do it this year! :)

Huzzah! *fist pump*

farawayeyes said...

Good for you!!! Crossed the 50K 11/17. On to finish the novel. Lost it. Found it again today.
All the better - understanding life just a little bit more.

Thanks for the tunes. Almost gave up on you today.

oceangirl said...

I wanna say that the song A Whiter Shade of Pale is a very special song to me.

And congratulations!

WilyBCool said...

Very cool quote from John Lennon. I have always liked it! ;D

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