The more I train for half marathon races, the more I recognize the similarities between running and creative writing. Each activity makes me feel alive, challenged, passionate, tortured, proud and in pain -- sometimes all at the same time. While I write my debut novel, I'll be training for the next race, scheduled for October 2013. Which will I achieve first? Visit often to find out.
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Author Archives: Nicole Ducleroir
Some nonfiction, for a change. Laughter is the Best Medicine — (Cody and Sidney, at their best) In the Face of Danger — (Final Peace Corps experience) Under the Magnolia’s Gaze — (NOT my best writing, but an important life lesson memory for … Continue reading
I’ve reached the point in my training plan where a 10-mile run feels more exhilarating than painful. For me, that shift happens when I begin to love the hills. My dad, who was a marathon runner, once told me races … Continue reading
Just finished a 6 mile tempo run. Yes it hurt. Now, I feel invigorated. Happy running, all!
A special friend asked recently about my writing. Here’s a short selection, for him…: Short Stories: Homage The Way Forward Awake (Caution *Erotica*) Playful Poems: The Empty Fishtank I’m a Vegetarian Vampire Art: http://nickidzigns.daportfolio.com/gallery/145328 🙂
It’s true that running never gets easier, you just get better. But it’s also true that running can get harder on any given day of your training schedule. My last two runs are proof of that. Many factors positively or … Continue reading
I’m into the 4th week of training and the time has come to focus on strengthening my mind. A shift in how I think during my runs is necessary and important, as my weekly mileage climbs. Up until now, I’ve … Continue reading
It’s the end of my second week of training, and I’m feeling stronger than I usually do at this stage in the game. Maybe that’s because of cellular memory, and my muscles and cardiovascular system simply remember how to perform … Continue reading
I just finished a 5-mile modified tempo run. It took me about 55 minutes — as I’m still incorporating walking intervals into my runs. My rule-of-thumb is any run over 45 minutes requires a post-run “meal.” The post-run meal should … Continue reading
Interval Training and Improving VO2 Max I hit the track on Wednesday for my first round of track repeats this training season. Track repeats are one way to increase your VO2 max, which is imperative when training for an endurance … Continue reading