Sara Grace’s 1,000-mile year

The first time I visited Sara Grace’s blog and read her profile, I was hooked.

Here’s the opening from her profile on My Thousand Mile Year:

I’m Sara Grace. I seek pleasure and spent a lot of years firmly convinced that it was best found at a dinner table, in recline, or in bed. I nourished my indulgent and excessive sides because I’m a writer, and that’s what writers do. Sure, I exercised regularly; I knew it kept me sane and feeling good. But it was like time on the chain gang.

So I went into this challenge nervous. We all have a dresser drawer full of identities – some lovingly worn, others that we’ve squeezed into like a bad pair of jeans. Until fall of ‘09, “runner” wasn’t even in my drawer.

During the last quarter of ’09, I got myself through a hard romantic transition (OK, a break up) by starting to run more seriously. And I started to love it. So much so that I felt that My Thousand Mile Year would be the best, most transformative challenge that I could possibly take on in 2010.

I’ve let go of some of my juvenile notions about how a creative person should operate. Discipline, process, and hard work – all required and strengthened by running – are the exact same traits that boost and sustain creative pursuits.

One of Sara's race T-shirts, image borrowed from My Thousand Mile Year.

She goes through a break up and discovers running — that’s finding the positive in a bad situation. But then she builds on that by committing to run 1,000 miles in a year and sees that as a vehicle to transforming her M.O. as a creative?

Love it.

I’m grateful to have gotten to know Sara as the community director for the Relationship Masters Academy, the class I’m taking through Keith Ferrazzi’s company.

I always enjoy discovering people who are on a mission of transformation, and it’s even better when it’s a fellow creative who now also happens to live in NYC. In a city of 8 million stories, I’m glad to follow Sara’s.

We’re just over halfway through the year — how are you coming on your New Year’s resolutions?

If you haven’t made as much progress as you’d like, or if you didn’t make a resolution back in January, it’s not too late. How about committing to a goal you can make between now and Dec. 31? Maybe you could do about 450 miles to be on pace with Sara?

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2 replies

  1. Love this post, Colleen.

    My goals? Better than I might have thought, but far from perfect. I’ve made headway, but there’s miles to go….

  2. Thanks for the kind words and the great call to action Colleen!
    Do you have a running goal yourself? I have a feeling I’m going to need some buddies in the final months, when I’m going to have to catch up if I’m still behind!

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