I have never run a 5K before. It wasn’t until just a week or so ago that I learned how far a 5k is. It’s three miles for the rest of you that don’t know and are too embarrassed to ask. I have walked 5k though. In fact, I’ve walked a 5K dozens of times in the last three years. (Not owning a car will do that to a person if you ever want to get to the grocery store.)
I have written 5K before. In fact, one Monday, last February, I was off work. It was a paid holiday and I yearned for that day the entire two weeks before it landed itself on the calendar. My plan was to have a 10K writing day. I sent my husband off to work and my kids off to school and I settled into the loveseat with my laptop. The fire was crackling in the fireplace and the pup and the cat were settled down as close to that woodstove as they could get without bursting into flames.
The house was quiet. My mug was filled to the brim with deliciousness that is hot tea. And I wrote. I wrote all day. Nothing interrupted me. Periodically I got up and refilled my mug and stirred the embers in the fire. And I wrote. And nothing stopped me. When my hands cramped, I flexed them. When my legs ached, I stretched them. And then I wrote some more. It was glorious and the week following when I had to wear a brace on both wrists it was a good pain. It was a pain I was proud of.
Well, last week, the 10minutewriter challenged her followers to a 5K. It’s the #Run/Write5K challenge where those who join run (or walk) 5 kilometers and write 5,000 words in a 24 hour period. At first, I steered clear of it. Because I didn’t know how far a 5K run was. It seemed insurmountable. And I’m not a runner.
But others started to join as 5K walkers and then I read that blog and learned that it was only 3 miles. I can walk 3 miles. And when I get there, I’ll treat myself to a smart water and a piece of fruit and walk back home. It won’t be as fun as a cake walk, but it’ll still be fun. And my other reward?
My other reward will be writing 5K words. Maybe I’ll write 5,000 words on multiple blogs. Or maybe I’ll dig up that novel idea that I wrote a few notes on and squirreled away months ago. Maybe I’ll get real organized before October 11/12th and I’ll find the gaping holes in my almost finished historical fiction novel, thus getting it to the almost-finished-I-need-an-editor stage.
Regardless of what I write, it’ll be epic. #Run/Write5K Challenge here I come…