So, I started NaNoWriMo, felt instantly overwhelmed and exhausted, and realized that, okay, two weeks in between reaching one deadline and imposing another on myself is not really enough of a break to recover my creative energy.
So instead, I’m spending November planning my next book (Snowflake Method, here I come. The Hero’s Journey is so very much not working for me.), decorating the bathroom, making cheese, Christmas cake and spiced cider, getting up to date with Samhain work, and, you know, maybe relaxing a bit.
Something I have started that I’m really happy to be continuing, is running. Back in school, cross-country running was pretty much the only sport I a) liked and b) was good at. But I haven’t run for a million years, and I didn’t think I’d ever get back into it. However, I’m super bored with my exercise DVD, and with builders continually surrounding the house, I don’t much feel like doing star jumps and lunges in my sitting room.
So, in September, I bought the Couch to 5k app for my phone and tried it out. And I love it. It does intervals of walking and running, gradually increasing the minutes spent running until you’re doing a warm-up and cool-down ten minutes of walking and a full thirty minutes of running. I’m still a long way from that (ha), but I am doing a lot better than I was at the start of the programme. And I’m loving being able to put on my trainers and run round the lake for a half-hour of exercise a few times a week.
I’m glad I started it while the weather was still nice, because as it gets colder I’m finding it harder! My muscles only started to warm up in the last five minutes of my latest run, which made the rest of the time fairly unpleasant. And my trainers are both cheap and old, so I really need to invest in some better ones. And probably, as the weather gets still colder, some earmuffs.