Day 23: The Crowd Called Out For More

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!  😀

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5 Comments

  1. 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!

    November 23, 2011
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  2. 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*

    November 23, 2011
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  3. 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.

    November 23, 2011
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  4. oceangirl said:

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

    And congratulations!

    November 24, 2011
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  5. WilyBCool said:

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

    November 24, 2011
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