Friday I’m in love

My pal Carla has been nagging gently encouraging me to update. I told her I don't like to write "too busy to post" posts because it looks like you're saying, "My life is sooo terribly exciting I just don't have time for this silly blog!".

"Nooo", said Carla. "I just meant share what you've been up to!"

Again I resisted since the "what I've been up to" consists entirely of Up & Running and I am still traumatised by the day I dared to blog a schedule of book-pimping radio appearances and I got that SHUT ABOUT YOUR BOOK WE'RE SICK OF HEARING ABOUT IT email.

But, well, this is what's happening and I am old and cranky enough to realise the futility of trying to please everyone with everything one writes, so let's just bloody get on with it πŸ™‚

Up & RunningSo the first Up & Running 5K course started last Monday and I am loving it. I'm completely smitten with all the wonderful women who signed up. The first week was the Warm-Up Week, in which there was no running, just mental preparation and figuring out their goals and motivations. As I read the course forum I was alternately in floods of tears and giggles reading about their reasons for wanting to run. Such smart, funny, inspiring, courageous people. Dude.

I'm in awe of the little community forming already. This week the running began and there's so much encouragement and support on the forums. And most excellent random moments. Louann from Washingon DC said of her reasons for wanting to run was, to be able to outrun the zombie apocalypse… I would really like to know I can get home under my own power should the need arise." Next thing there was a request for a Zombie t-shirt, then Sara from Italy's graphic designer husband whipped up a design totally unprompted. A week earlier there was only an empty forum, but suddenly there was apparel and a team catchphrase. Dang!

I've not felt this rollercoaster of emotions since I was writing my book. Such incredible highs followed by self doubt and panic, hehe. I won't lie, it's been a crazy amount of work with some extremely long hours. Trying to juggle it with the increased responsibilities at Day Job has been insane. I have spent many sleepless hours staring at the ceiling worrying if the Up & Runners got their login emails and if I caught all the typos and eeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

But… it's great. I'm learning so much. I feel alive and challenged and buzzing like I've not felt in years. It's creative and geeky and people-oriented and very fulfilling and lordy I want all our Up & Runners to succeed. I have no idea where this project will end up but I'm just going to enjoy it.

So that's about it. New Years Goal Check-In coming up soon!

How are youuuuu? Have a rockin' weekend!

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23 thoughts on “Friday I’m in love

  1. This is my first post on Shauna’s Dietgirl site, but I wanted to speak up and attest to how HARD Shauna has been working lately. I am one of the Up and Runners she’s speaking about, who signed on to become a 5K runner. You all CAN NOT believe how wonderful this program is for those of us involved, and HOW AMAZING Shauna has been organizing the course plan, the forum (which is full of newbies like myself who have tugged at her sleeve numerous times with niggly little questions), and taking the time to kindly comment and support, and just generally be Shauna!

    I know we runners have taken her away from her usual duties, but I just wanted folks to know she is making the lives of us Up and Runners SO MUCH BETTER! Thanks Shauna, and hopefully the first round of Up and Running will even out, and you’ll get more time to attend to your other duties soon!

  2. So glad to see you enthusiastic and tingly about this – it’s been hard watching you struggle and doubt yourself. Take care xxx

  3. Oh it sounds just the BEST fun and so exciting! I want a zombie t-shirt now! But nerve-wracking too. Remeber to take care of you in all this.

  4. I am so disappointed because when I saw the “I’m in love” heading I was sure it was about ME.

    Glad you’re so buzzed about something, the excitement is contagious.

  5. @Alleson – thank you very much! Really chuffed to know you’re having a good time on UAR πŸ™‚

    @Karen – Thank you! I keep missing you at kickboxing, I was there on Wed but not Mon last week! Determined to make both this coming week!

    @LBTEPA – I will, thanks mate πŸ™‚

    @Ginger – My love for you can’t be contained with mere words! πŸ™‚

  6. As another ‘Up and Runner’ I have to say Alleson is so right! I’ve been wanting all week to say a huge thankyou Shauna, I’m so glad to hear that the experience is (mostly) a good one for you because I’ve almost been feeling guilty about how much of your time we must be taking up! The course is awesome and we love your support. Please don’t get so carried away looking after us that you don’t take care of you, though!
    And of course if the odd typo does manage to sneak through I’m sure everyone will be very forgiving πŸ˜€

  7. So glad Up & Running is going well Shauna, it is such a good idea. Hope you get a chance to have a little downtime over the weekend!

  8. Shaundogg,
    Great to talk to you yesterday.
    It sounds sooo exciting, this U&R course. Remember that, by definition, most things that are exciting will also be a little scary too. Good scary.
    miss you babe,
    Cildogg.

  9. Man, wanting to outrun the zombie apocalypse is the best reason EVA to want to run. If they had used that in school I can’t see anyone saying ‘no’. Furthermore, when one is just starting and just doing that ‘slightly faster than very slow walking’ shuffle, which I still have recourse to, had someone said ‘fear not, you are STILL faster than a zombie and can outrun the hordes’ I know I would have been cheered up. Man, that is GENIUS. All hail Louann from Washington DC!
    Always love it when you post, Shauna, have a great weekend!

  10. I’m so sorry you got an e-mail like that. SO NOT COOL! But please know that there are more people than that 1 e-mail that are DYING to know about yer book, just patiently, and quietly waiting!!!! πŸ™‚ Please keep tellin’ it all. I would have hid too~and cried! Don’t be like me…

  11. fellow U&R bod… what Alleson and Jo said. Thank you, its brilliant, but don’t forget to take care of you too!

  12. Are you serious – someone actually sent you an e-mail like that?!?! I would have been really hurt too. And now I want to punch them, on your behalf. But congrats on all the success with Up & Running! It sounds like you guys are off to a fab start!! Nothing like the power of a good community:)

  13. Shauna, I know I signed up for Up and Running because I have been a massive fan of your blog (and book) for years, so I say a little cross-promotion never hurts πŸ™‚ I figured anything you were behind would probably be awesome and I am loving it so much! I agree the community there has instantly become more than anything I could have expected. I can see how much of your and Julia’s time and effort goes into it – so make sure you take care of yourself and get some sleep too.

  14. I’m not a runner but the zombie comment made me laugh and wonder what would happen to me in the zombie apocalypse – E just groaned at the comment and I thought he would be instant zombie – no change there then πŸ™‚

  15. I really want to take up running, but find it almost impossible here in BA. You can’t run on the pavements here, as they are way too narrow and crowded, and all the big parks are far away from where I live and work. There aren’t a lot of green spaces in this city. And it would seem like a terrible shame to run on the treadmill in a sweaty gym when the weather is gloriously sunny (we have a lovely climate here). I could probably make it out to the ecological reserve to run once a week, but IΒ΄m assuming once a week isnΒ΄t often enough to enable you to effectively learn and make progress. ItΒ΄s one more incentive to look for a new flat in the leafy part of town.

  16. PS IΒ΄m really sorry about the passive-agressive email you received. If the person concerned is so sick of hearing about you and your exploits, you do have to ask yourself, “Why is he or she writing to you?”

  17. whooooooooops sorry for the delay in publishing the comments! THANK YOU very much you legends, you πŸ™‚

  18. Wow! I can’t believe someone sent you an email telling you what you should/should not write about. Last time I checked this was YOUR blog and YOU can write about whatever you darn well please! For what it’s worth, I will continue to be happy to read about whatever you choose to post about πŸ™‚
    Glad to hear you’re enjoying your kickboxing classes again. Do you and your sweetie get out hiking anymore? I love reading those posts because I’ve always wanted to visit Scotland to go hiking.