So I did a thing- I wrote a book!
I know it’s totally cliche, but writing a book has been on my bucket list forever.
Time to cross it off the list!
Running and Writing
Now more than ever, the similarities between writing a book and running a marathon are not lost on me. Seemingly endless work, day after day, for a reward that is months off.
Forcing yourself to do the work on days when you really have no interest in it.
Hitting that abyss, when the enthusiasm of starting has long since passed, but the finish line is still months off.
But now, just like running a marathon, I see the positive comparisons too.
If you do the work day after day (after day after day), one day you get to hit publish (or toe the line on marathon morning) and suddenly all the work you did to get there makes sense.
You are rewarded with the fruits of your labor.
My book is called Half Marathon Training Day By Day: a 12-Week Guide To Running, Training, and Mindset .
It was inspired by devotional guides or daily gratitude journals. Daily books where there is a word, idea, or passage to focus on and consider every day.
I took this idea and translated into the running world.
I considered many of the running and training books I’ve read. They often throw everything at you at the same time. One chapter of the book is how to buy a pair of running shoes, the next is how to prepare for race day.
This can be overwhelming, and not particularly helpful. While you need to learn about or think about both of those things, you don’t need to know them at the same time.
You don’t need to know about your race day mindset before you even hit day one of training.
Half Marathon Training Day By Day
So my book is a day by day guide to training for a half marathon.
It isn’t a training plan. It doesn’t tell you how many miles to run on a given day (there are enough other resources out there to help you with that). Instead, it can be a companion to any training plan.
My book presents a single topic or idea for each day of the 12-week half marathon training cycle (plus a few days before and after).
While everyone’s training is unique, I’ve found most people’s half marathon experience follows the same general pattern. It starts out all excitement, sunshine, and lollipops. Which is followed by an OMG moment and a loss of enthusiasm as the miles get longer and longer, followed by a resurging of excitement as race day nears, but that excitement is also tampered by race day nerves.
My book is laid out to mimic this cycle. What you need to know, (roughly) when you need to know it.
A big pet peeve of mine is when articles are super interesting, but then leave you wondering how to take action on it.
There is one author in particular I’m thinking of (who shall remain nameless). He writes really interesting posts, and he clearly knows his stuff. But I always finish his articles thinking “That’s a really great idea, but I have no idea how to work it into my training. Do I do this workout once a week, or once a month? How could it fit into my current training plan?”)
My book is designed to be actionable. Every day ends with either a to do or a journal prompt (or both!), so you can take action or consider your thinking on the topic.
And since I do love my worksheets, there is an appendix with various worksheets and packing lists, and a companion webpage with even more resources as downloadable PDFs (yeah worksheets!)
Needless to say, I am super proud of my book.
If I’m honest, I’m also proud of myself for finishing it and having the guts to put it out in the world. As I was nearing the end, I was facing both the fear of failure and the fear of success.
But sometimes, you have to do the thing you are afraid of. So I kicked my baby bird out of the nest (as my mom said), and hit publish.
Check it out on Amazon for Kindle!
A paperback version will be coming soon.