Consume Lots of Calories/Consume Lots of Books. Given the amount of running required to train for a race, adequate fuel can make or break your success as a runner. Without it, you won’t outrun the neighbor’s Corgi, let alone 13.1 miles. With writing, you must up your intake of books and absorb everything you can to hone your writing skills. Burn through those calories; burn through those books.
Cross Train/Expand Your Writing Repertoire. It’s imperative to take two days off a week from running and replace it with the elliptical, yoga, strength training or Pilates. It’ll build strength while keeping your body from burning out on running. Same goes for writing. Step away from your WIP and try something new to expand your writing skills. Dabble with poetry, flash fiction, or even a genre you've never attempted before. It can jump start your creativity while strengthening your writing muscles.
Rehab Injuries/Learn From Rejection. To run a half marathon, I need to take the time to rehab those weak muscles and focus on strengthening them. Getting rejections from agents only show that more work may be needed to strengthen your manuscript, query letter, or book proposal. Don’t look at it as something you can’t overcome. Sure, it’ll take work and it may be painful, but by committing to it, you’ll return stronger and wiser, having learned from past mistakes that led to the stress fracture, or to that rejection letter.
Honing your writing skills and strengthening your muscles, will only help you overcome the bumps in the road to publication, or to the finish line.
April Moore, author of Folsom’s 93: The Lives and Crimes of Folsom Prison’s Executed Men, is applying what she’s learned over years of writing, by working on a new novel and is currently in physical therapy in order to run a half marathon this fall.