Thursday, September 28, 2006

PENCIL AND PAPER

I have to admit, I have this “habit” of looking ahead to a new goal or project prior to completing what I’m working on. Yesterday I had a bunch of things floating around in my head.

First, I was sending emails, left and right, regarding my new blog. I asked a bunch of people what they thought of the idea. I also came up with a bunch of general questions that could be applied to any runner. Of course, I had to send those to some people and get their opinions and additions.

Second, somewhere along the line I became the race director of a 12k. Well, not really, but emails went back-on-forth regarding why we need a 12k in town, where we could set up a course and when we could hold the event.

Finally, I got an email last night asking if I would be interested in written a bi-monthly column for the Minnesota Distance Runners Association’s magazine. Apparently, during all the whoring, err, I mean marketing of my blog, it somehow got into the hands of the managing editor. I’m still not sure which blog she’s talking about. I only marketed my new blog, but it’s hard to imagine the one interview, of myself, would lead to a writing “career.” Of course I said I was interested. I love the sound of my own keyboard as much as the next guy.

You can see that there’s a lot going on lately. One thing you didn’t see mentioned; the Chicago Marathon. Maybe I’m better off being distracted. Then again, maybe I’d run better if I stayed focused on the task at-hand.

Anyway, it’s not like I’ve stopped training. Last night I jumped on the treadmill for an 8 mile progression run. This morning it was an easy 8 miles.

The prospect of writing a bi-monthly column did cause me to do something this morning that I haven’t done in 27 years of running. I carried a pencil and paper with me. While I’d like to think my mind is like a steel trap, I know some of my ideas while running slip my mind by the end of a run. Believe it or not, I actually used the pencil and paper too, as I wrote down 2 ideas for articles.

Quote of the day;

“Cross country is like poker. You have to be holding five good cards all the time.” – Rollie Geiger, North Carolina State coach

4 comments:

Ry said...

That's exciting, Zeke. I, too, have been toying with other goals, and writing to get published is definitely one of them.

Sounds like you have a great opportunity. I enjoy your writing and this column opportunity does not surprise me. Go for it.

PS - The marathon is 24 days away.

Chad Austin said...

24 days? Heck, I can get 2 or 3 articles/interviews written in that amount of time.

Thanks for the support, Ryan.

Mike said...

Zeke- congrats on the writing gig- very cool!
Keep us posted on "the sock". I'm dealing with PF issues myself. Are you keeping your arch supported at all times? One thing my podiatrist mentioned and I've read is to keep the foot supported at all times..no barefoot walking! I've resorted to wearing Nike Frees in the house at ALL times..seems to help.

Chad Austin said...

Thanks Mike. I usually walk around the house in socks. I'll keep my shoes on and see if that helps. It's funny, when I think Nike Frees, I don't think arch support.