Tuesday, July 31, 2007

It's that time of year again!

I just got a reminder e-mail and registered for the Vulcan Run 10-K. And you know what that means. No? It means you need to make plans to attend the Southern Magic Readers' Luncheon on November 3! This is my third year for both events. I have finally resigned myself to the fact that the Vulcan Run and the Readers' Luncheon are always going to fall on the same day.

So I will always swing by the Trak Shak to pick up my race packet before heading to Things Remembered for the engraved gifts for authors who have contracted for 5, 10, 20, 25, or 35 books total.

I will always stay up late the Friday night before, going over my race strategy (don't stop; don't walk; don't fall down) while taping together bouquets of silk roses for the authors, one for every book they've contracted this year.

I will always wax poetic about how making a success of this strange career is exactly like being a long-distance runner. The applicability of the metaphor is endless. You need to write/train every single day and get in the habit so it doesn't hurt anymore and you don't even think about whether you're going to do it--you just do. College-age people made of rubber will pass you, finish, turn around, and RUN BACK TOWARD YOU while you are still struggling on mile 4 like they JUST CAN'T GET ENOUGH RUNNING, and this will make you angry. But you need to find your own pace and quit worrying about what other people are doing. If it's not fun for you, it's not worth it.

And finally, when I get to the luncheon, I will always eat as much as I want.

Join me! Register for the Vulcan Run at http://www.vulcanrun.com/ and/or the Southern Magic Readers' Luncheon at http://www.southernmagic.org/luncheon.html.


JoAnn said...

Here's something you didn't know about me: I designed the Vulcan Run logo and all the printed materials for the 1981-85 races. I pushed my then-6-month-old in the 85 Fun Run. I even photographed the races all five years.

Dedicated runner? Not hardly. :-) The company I worked for at the time was the sponsor, and my boss was the running fanatic.

Sorry to go off on a tangent, but I hadn't thought about the Vulcan Run in years, and I suddenly felt nostalgic!

jennifer echols said...

That's cool! I'm getting quite a collection of Vulcan Run logo T-shirts. And I always feel shamed when people jogging with strollers blow past me.