Monday, November 1, 2010

Writing, Running, and Diabetes Numbers


For weeks, I've had numbers swirling around in my head, and for a writer, that's not necessarily good news. Under 100,000 words. 6.3. 13.1 miles. 50,000 words in 30 days.
I decided to start this blog for many reasons, but actually sending off my first words has been the scariest part. I had no problem writing the 100,000 words to tell my story in a novel. Sure, it was work. It took hours of outlining, rearranging, writing, rewriting, editing, feedback, and more rewriting, but compared to the cover letter and synopsis, it was a breeze. Even cutting out a couple of thousand words isn't as hard as writing that first introduction of myself and my work. And that's where I am presently—preparing to send off my baby to potential publishers. To keep my mind off that stress, I've maniacally signed up to write 50,000 words in 30 days in National Novel Writing Month. I doubt I'll even come close since this happens to be the time I'm starting this blog and sending off my manuscript, but it doesn't hurt to try.
As for the 6.3, that's my most recent hemoglobin a1-C, a blood test showing a diabetic patient's average blood sugar over the previous two or three months. Though I don't know everything about it, I do know the magic number to beat is 7.0, so I was quite pleased. Now, if that were the only diabetes-related number I needed to worry about, that'd be great, but then there are the individual blood sugar readings throughout the day to regulate my carbohydrates and insulin. Then multiply that by three, because there are three more type-one diabetics in my household. My husband I don't need to worry about too much, he takes care of himself, but two of my children require education and cheerleading, cajoling and prodding to keep their numbers where they need to be, especially with Halloween this past weekend.
Part of the reason my last hemoglobin a1-C was so low was all the running I've been doing. This fall, I decided to run my second half-marathon ever. I got on runnersworld. com and printed off a training schedule, followed it almost religiously, and felt ready for my half. Preparation involved all kinds of numbers—a certain number of miles per day, time, and pace. My goal this year was not only to finish, but also to beat my last year's time of 1:59. Running for two hours straight is a bit of a challenge, too, but a great time to relax, plan my writing for the day, relieve stress. So that's why I will continue to run now that that race is over—maybe not as many miles as when I was training for a half-marathon, but enough to help me stay healthy and under that 7.0 and help me reach my other writing, running, and diabetes goals.
Now I'm off to do the taxes for PTA…will the numbers ever end?