I haven’t written in a while. I guess I just haven’t had all that much to say. Perhaps I still don’t. I’ve run a few races here and there since my 100k, but I really backed off my running in order to focus on my dissertation. But, now I feel like I am floundering.
I have to admit that I am tired. The dissertation process is starting to wear very thin on me and I am anxious to be done, yet by the same token I struggle to get motivated to work on it. I am ready to do anything else, but for as ready as I am to move on with life, I often lack the motivation to make progress.
So, I signed up for a marathon. I am using the training schedule for the marathon to help me write my dissertation. Just like a certain level of mileage is required, I force myself to write a certain amount of pages. It’s kind of like a game. If I am required to run 4 miles, then I work on 4 pages of my dissertation. That might mean writing or editing, but its 4 pages nonetheless.
And you know what, this trick is working!!!! I managed to knock out another 20 pages for chapter two. They are really rough pages, but they are words on paper and that is worth its weight in gold.
I have a goal in mind for when I would like to finish, but I won’t be publicly sharing that. I have faced so many hiccups in my writing that until I have been assigned a date that I can defend my dissertation, no one will be knowing about graduation.
For now, I will keep using my running to aid my writing. The marathon I chose is called Last Chance for Boston in February. I have never run faster than 5 hours, so that is my goal. Hopefully I will be nice and far along for my dissertation to.
Alright friends, one foot, one page at a time!