Why yes, that is exactly how I look when I run, throbbing muscles and all :)
One of my least favorite things to do is run. I really hate it. With a passion. In fact, it's one of the primary reasons I decided not to extend my career in the military. I just couldn't stand the running portion of the PT tests. Situps? Pushups? Bring 'em on! I could do them all day. But run? My stomach is twisting just thinking about it.
Two miles of pure hell.
Except for the last hundred yards. I loved that stretch. Why? you ask. Because I'd sprint the rest of it. And I LOVE to sprint.
Ironic, I know. But I'm not a long distance runner. I'm a sprinter. I love the rush of wind against my heated cheeks, the way my body works like a perfect, well-oiled machine. When I'm sprinting, I have perfect form. When I'm running, I look like a flopping rag doll, and I'm usually gasping for air.
And you know what else I loved about the last hundred yards? There were always a group of soldiers there to cheer me on. During the rest of it, I was always on my own with no one to push me forward but me.
And believe it or not, I hate first draft writing. When I look at the sheer length of what is before me, I become overwhelmed and discouraged. This is why I have to break it up into manageable lengths. If I don't, I'll end up walking through it all, like I was often tempted to do during a PT run.
But just the other night, a friend of mine and I did a word sprint. And boy did I love it! One hour of writing abandon. And just like how my body performs when I sprint the last hundred yards, my brain pushed all those words out with precision. Over 1,600 of them!
At the end of the hour, my friend and I congratulated each other and joked around. It was fun! It was just like the encouragement I'd get at the end of my sprint in the military.
So yes, I'm a sprinter. How about you?
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