It was there, on my calendar, a Saturday in October, I would be running my first 5K. I had written in big red letters
But in writing circles a 5K is not a road race. 5K means 5000 words. That’s a lot in one day for anyone to write. I average 1000 fresh words a day and sometimes it’s a challenge to get it in. And because I’m a writer and not a math major, I’m guessing that 5000 words is a whole lot more.
What if these two great tastes tasted great together?
Could I run a 5K and write 5K in the same day?
What a challenge that would be! So I picked a day, one week before my official road race, and I made it this:
On October 11-12, 2014 I’m inviting anyone who wants to, to join me in the goal of running (or walking) the equivalent of a 5K and writing at least 5000 words in the same 24 hour period.
This is how you join. Go to this Facebook event and sign up. Then, post your photos, your updates and your progress. We’ll all cheer you on!
The Rules Are Simple!
We’re all on the honor system here. No one is going to check your work. All you need to do, sometime on the weekend of October 11-12, is run (or walk) the equivalent of 5 kilometers (or 3 miles). You don’t even have to do this consecutively. Then, within 24 hours of completing that run, you need to put down 5000 new words in whatever work in progress you have going. This could be fiction, non-fiction, blog posts, masters’ thesis, whatever. The point is that we’re doing two hard things in one small time frame. And we’re doing it as a group, which is always more fun!
And Keep Us Posted!
Up until the time of the actual race, you can blog about this, tweet about it (#RunWrite5K), Instagram it, do whatever you want to do. Post on the wall of the event. Ask questions. Write a cheer. List your favorite running music. We want to know about it!