It’s been 16 days, and suddenly I remember why I started this.
The first few weeks of running and writing every day have had their moments, no doubt: it’s one thing to start a runstreak, quite another to start a runstreak in the dead of winter.
Several times I’ve opened the door and felt the cold, then quickly searched my brain for an excuse before realizing that none will be good enough. Like it or not, this run is happening. And of course, that’s the point.
A yogi will tell you that when you stop resisting and “breathe into” a tough pose, it gets easy. When it sunk in that there were no good excuses, ever — I’m running today, no matter what — that was the turning point.
At 16 days straight, it’s my longest streak since 2012. And just like that time, the simple act of running more has caused me to want to run more.
Put another way: the more energy you use, the more energy you have. Funny how that works.
It’s no different with writing. The more ideas you put on the page, the more ideas you have.
It all seems so easy, now. Why? And for the past year, two years … why not?
It’s the accountability, plain and simple. Having a group of people who in moments of weakness I imagine myself reporting to, having to explain why I didn’t do my run or my writing today … that’s why.
So who are these people? Here are just a few of their blogs — many of which were started just for #WriteAndRun31:
- Meat Less Run More
- Sweets and Greens
- Jim Quincy Borden
- Justin Wheeler
- All Things Simple and Veggie
- Millie Jackson
- Citizen Runner KKO
- Run Amok
- Authenic Narrative
- Rural Running Redhead
- Run and Write
- Parisian Vegan
- Ramblings and Such
- Chris Lempa
- CC Riley
These represent just a tiny fraction of the bloggers participating, the blogs that were near the top of the feed when I wrote this post or that have caught my attention for some other reason. But just seeing them listed like this makes me feel something special; far better than what this challenge has done for my own habits is seeing so much goodness born into the world as a result.
It’s not too late to join us (never is; your 31 days can start whenever you want). But I’m pretty sure we’ll do something for February, so you could also wait … and waiting may actually help with habit change (see #7, here).
An Even Tougher Challenge (and What It Means for You)
While I’ve written every day this year, I haven’t published nearly that often. The two posts per week I’ve averaged so far this year feels like a lot compared to what I had been doing, but daily is another level altogether. (I only wrote about 40 posts in 2014, not counting podcast posts.)
And yet Seth manages to do it. So I’m going to do it. For a week.
Short version: I’m going to publish a new post on No Meat Athlete every day next week (Sunday, January 18th through Saturday, January 24th). It’ll be the most I’ve posted in a week since 2009.
No promises after that week is up, but I think it’ll be fun, an interesting challenge, and — in the same way that running more has made me more excited about running — that’ll be good for me. And you.
(For those on the newsletter list — I won’t email the new post every day, but I’ll jam two newsletters full of them over the course of the week. If you’re interested in reading each post as it’s published, check back at nomeatathlete.com or pay attention to our Facebook or Twitter accounts.)
Long version: Seth Godin is a huge inspiration, example, and teacher of mine. I had the money-can’t-buy privilege of spending a week in his office last summer, with Seth and 14 other entrepreneurs, artists, and ruckus-makers, and it was everything I expected and a billion times more.
Then, to top off what was already a surreal experience, he put us in his new book, What to Do When It’s Your Turn. (So of course I bought 8 copies to send to friends.)
And so when he announced this new challenge, something told me I had to do it. Fortunately, that something happened to be louder than the voice which was reminding me, “You can’t publish a new post for seven straight days.”
So I’m in.
Finally: Calling All Designers to Help Design Our Running Group Shirts!
If writing isn’t your thing, here’s one more idea to get your creative juices flowing.
We’re holding a design contest for the No Meat Athlete 2015 Running Group shirts. The winning design will be printed on our running groups’ shirts across the world this year (each city’s shirt will be customized with that city’s name), and the winning designer will win 200 bucks and free shirts for their local group.
Interested? I hope so. The deadline is January 31st, and all the details are here.
Alright, that’s all for now. I’ll be back tomorrow (with the third post in the Whole Foods / Garmin ambassador series). And then the next day. And the next day. And the day after that. This should be fun.