30 songs in 30 days tag : Songs 1-10

I thought this would be fun. Update coming soon. Here are the first 10 songs on the 30 songs in 30 days tag.

A song from your childhood
For the Longest Time – Billy Joel

A song that reminds you of one/both of your parents
Janie’s Got A Gun – Aerosmith

A song that calms you down
Pure Imagination – Jamie Cullum

A song that reminds you of your best friend
Harry Potter Theme

A song that reminds you of last summer
Summertime – NKOTB ( saw them in Vegas)

Favorite musician or band that you have met
Jamie Cullum

A song you like with a color in the title
Black Hole Sun – Soundgarden

A song by your favorite band
25 6 to 4 – Chicago and Under Pressure – Queen & David Bowie

A song on the soundrack of your favorite movie
Good Will Hunting Theme

The last song you heard
25 6 to 4 – Chicago

Finished my current wip & Nano.

Over the weekend I finished my wip.  The story I finished has been a work in progress for the past year. It’s nice to finally have it done. It’s nice to say IT’S DONE. I pushed through this story even through our fights and high points. I thought I might be over the story by the time I got done writing it, but I’m not. I am looking forward to continuing this journey with this story.

I see a lot of talk in a couple writing Facebook groups in regards to Nano coming up. Part of me wants to take part but another part is unsure if I want to since I never finish the challenge before. It’s an excellent challenge for your writing word count and creativity.

In the past, I started off strong and about half way through I start falling off.  I’ve tried different things such as writing daily during Nano or revising other stories during November. The last couple weeks I have been plotting an old idea that i have and want to start writing. I thought about using that project for Nano this year since I have so much already planned out on the story. I still have a month to continue the research in the parts that need research.

Some other ideas that I have thought about doing:

Revising my current wip that I just finished
Short stories
Daily flash fiction

I still have a month to decide what I want to do or if I want to take part in Nano.  Are you taking part in Nano? Have you done so in the past? Do you find it challenging?

Wild Cherry Kicked My Butt.

For the past few months, I have been training for Slo Ultra‘s Wild Cherry Run.  They have a 50 mile, 26 mile, 13 mile and 5 mile runs/walk on a private property trail. I originally heard about the race through a coworker, and I was intrigued to the race about a month and a half before. I would go walk Islay Hill at lunch time since the incline seemed similar on the perfectly on my lunch break. I would get half way in 20 minutes at a good speed. Johnson in the evening I clocked in at 45 minutes for 3 miles.  Even doing that before, it did not prepare me for the actual race.

I took a couple weeks off because my feet were hurting and my back was killing me. I wanted a rest, and that probably was a bad idea. At the same time, I didn’t want to be injured for the race/walk itself. The day kept getting closer and I started getting more anxiety about it. Friday I went to pick up the packet during lunch time. It was getting more real. I was talking to my coworker and mentioned that finishing I was going to buy myself one thing. However, if I make my goal time of 2 hours I will buy myself a few things. It’s the motivation.

Friday ended up being a god awful day. It was hard not to want to have a big drink and call it a night. I am so glad I didn’t have the Hurricane like I originally wanted to. I knew I was going to have the race in the morning and I wasn’t going to be stupid. I tried to get in the zone that night. Not think about what happened at work and focus on what was going to happen tomorrow.  A lot of help came from Power Workout playlist on Spotify.  A lot of good motivational music on own workout playlist. I still might for the next coming months.

The race finally arrived.

I got up early. I didn’t have to report until 9:30 for the race, but I got there around 7:40. I wanted to get there early so I wouldn’t have to deal with the parking hassle. It was well organised. Parking was sectioned off, and there wasn’t a shortage of spots especially with a race of 1,000 people + spectators.  They also provided a shuttle service as well, so you didn’t have to walk if you didn’t feel like it.

Now the race was crazy and beautiful at the same time. The first hill alone kicked my butt to the floor. I didn’t rush and encouragement on the trail. Also, there is no excuses for exercising. One lady was walking with a broken foot. There was an 80-year-old running the 50 mile. It was motivation.  The views were amazing once you hit the 3-4 mile mark.

I did get discourage a few times, but I trucked through. I did finish the race. The bonus? I managed to finish the race in 2 hours! Maybe less because we started later. I was quite proud of myself for one, finishing, and two making my time.

I still haven’t decided what I am going to treat myself to. I have been on a book, Funko and pen buying band. I was going to buy all three for making the 2 hour mark. If it was over, I would only buy one. I went out after the race and didn’t find anything that strikes my fancy.  So I will think about it.

I would do this race/walk again. It was worth the struggle.