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 🙂
So 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!