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A Little More Running

A Little More Running


A very busy day today, as was expected after a long weekend. And from all the people I ran into in the banks and post office, I wasn’t the only one having a busy day.

But still managed, even though it was raining a little, to meet Kris at the lower parking garage for the mall and do some running and walking while she ran the entire time. She’s way ahead of me on this running thing. Way, way ahead. And a lot smarter about it as well.

I am down 17 pounds from July 1st, but still too heavy to push the running too much, so I started with a quarter mile, then walked an eighth of a mile, then ran just over an eighth of a mile, another walk, another just over an eighth running. So over a half mile, but going to count it as only a half mile.

I am still hitting over 10,000 steps per day and I walk quickly with a long stride, so my pace walking will help a lot for the marathon timing issue. The marathon will have aide stations about every mile, so my plan for the first half or more is run between the aide stations and walk through the station. We shall see. Still over two months away and I have a lot of distance to start picking up. Plan to start increasing distance starting in the middle of this month and run/walk a half marathon in the middle of October.

Remember, I am starting as an old, overweight guy, but I am a trained runner from early in life. That all still seems to be there. Kris said today I just glide. (To me it felt like I was bouncing and chugging, but good to hear.)

Totally crazy, but fun.

Last Call on September Workshops!

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Questions about any of the workshops, feel free to write me. All have openings.

Class #21… Sept 6th … Author Voice
Class #22… Sept 6th … How to Write Thrillers
Class #23… Sept 6th … Speed
Class #24… Sept 6th … Writing Mysteries
Class #25… Sept 6th … Character Development
Class #26… Sept 7th … Depth in Writing
Class #27… Sept 7th … Advanced Character and Dialog
Class #28… Sept 7th … Cliffhangers
Class #29… Sept 7th … Pacing Your Novel
Class #30… Sept 7th …Expectations (Writing on the Rails)


Bundle Update

I wanted to push this again tonight since this is such a great bundle. The Epic Fantasy Bundle is going strong! Kris has a full novel in it called Heart Readers and it also has novels by Allen Drury, Brandon Sanderson and Tracy Hickman, among others.

And it has Fiction River: Unnatural Worlds in it. Kris and I edited this one and it’s a great one. You can get the bundle at


Kickstarter Update

The Second Fiction River subscription drive on Kickstarter is doing fantastic! We have already made two stretch goals now. Thank you, everyone!!

Last night I put up a fun video that Kris did showing editors and writers in Fiction River. Check it out and click on the link on the widget to the right and watch the main video which has Kris and I trying over four years to do a Kickstarter pitch. Headshakingly bad. But worth the laugh to watch.

Back Writing Tomorrow

Saw some fantastic art for the Seeders Universe novels, including the latest one, Star Fall, so it got me excited to write the next book in that world since another novel or two are set up in Star Fall. So think I’ll fire on a new Seeder’s novel tomorrow now that all the workshop stuff is done.

And turned in an issue of Smith’s Monthly tonight finally. Another tomorrow.



Totals For Year 4, Month 2, Day 6

Writing in Public blog streak… Day 1,083

Over 10,000 steps streak… Day 68

Running Miles This Month… 1.5 miles

— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 00 words  

— Nonfiction: 800 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 800 words 

— Blog Posts: 500 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 2,300 words

— E-mail: 35 e-mails. Approx. 2,900 original words.  E-mails month-to date: 105 e-mails. Approx. 7,000 words

— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 0 Covers


— Year of Short Fiction Goal: 120 stories (July 1st to June 30th). Stories finished to date: 8 stories.

— Yearly Novel Goal: 12 Novels. Novels finished to date: 2 novels.


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  • J.M. Ney-Grimm

    Three cheers on your running progress!

    I’ve been working to get back in shape, too. I had a string of medical issues that took me out of exercising for 2 years. It’s amazing how much fitness one loses when that kind of a hiatus occurs after the age of 50! 😉

    I started swimming again in May, very cautiously – only 6 laps (or 150 meters) – because I injure easily.

    Now I’m up to 40 laps (1000 meters) and I’m doing weight training as well. The returning strength feels great.

    I’m enjoying reading about your exercise challenge and I look forward to hearing about your eventual success. With your work ethic and ingenuity in devising challenges, you will succeed, I’m sure. 😀

  • J. D. Brink

    Sounds like you’re on the right track, Dean! When I was coming back to the Navy for a second time, the running program I used (at their recommendation) was similar to what you’re doing. It was more time-based, but time or distance is the same. Basically alternating between walking and “running” (shuffling along while puffing like a train) at ratios of 30seconds to couple minutes. So maybe the first few times it’s walking 2 minutes, running 30 seconds (which is starting at a pretty slow pace). Then walking 2 minutes to running 1, 1:1, 1:2, 1:3, etc.
    So if you fancy keeping time over counting laps, that’s one way to go. Worked for me. 🙂