Okay, after declaring at the beginning of November I was cutting down on internet time, I stayed up late last night (for me) looking for enough prompts to host my own Reverb 11.
What is #Reverb11? It’s a month-long prompt-driven blogging activity that encourages people/bloggers alike to reflect on the past year and manifest great things for the year ahead.
What I did was use the Google Document that KimberlyMichelle began, along with Kaileen Elise own prompts for 2011. I copied and pasted into a document on my own. I think I’ve got at least 50 prompts.
Now, while it was way fun getting an email prompt every morning last December, I will just have to go the old fashioned route. I’m going to print my document of prompts, close my eyes, and point to a prompt.
And that will be the Reverb Prompt of the Day.
There was some talk on the net about what to call this, and it seems like Reverb 11 is the most logical. If interested, look for the hashtag #reverb11 on Twitter. That may be a good way to get additional prompts for reflection. I think Gwen Bell did us a favor by not hosting this year. It’s turned the creative juices on quickly in the blogging community. I’m looking forward to my own Reverb11 prompts.
Reverb 10 (#reverb10) is now an annual event, an inspired response to (and evolution of) #best09. It’s an open online initiative that encourages participants to reflect on this year and manifest what’s next. It’s an opportunity to retreat and consider the reverberations of your year past, and those that you’d like to create in the year ahead. We’re connected by the belief that sharing our stories has the power to change us. We look forward to reading yours. But it appears that the hostess of Reverb 10 is not going to host Reverb 11. She has invited us to create our own prompts for December.
A little googling, and I acually *gasp* ventured onto Twitter to see if the reverb community was grinding gears. They are, and it does appear a Reverb 11 will go forward. It may be via a Google Document, but I’ve already seen some prompts that I look forward to responding to in writing.
My legs have taken quite the beating the last seven or eight days. I’ve had the residual tightness and soreness in my quads since Sunday, since Slim Pickins. It has not gone away with a climbing session on Tuesday, and then a good hilly 10K on Friday. So for my long run Saturday, I planned on running the BigFoot loop once, then running adlib after that.
The Bigfoot Loop is pretty sloppy with mud right now. My right quad started hurting with a twinge about 8 miles through the loop.
I finished the Loop-well I got back to mile 9 or so, where the Bigfoot course turns back toward the Lodge, and then I merrily took off on the Red Shadebush Trail. Which took me to the Campground Road, where I took the Green Connector Trail, back over to to my “traditional” purple Bridle Trail.
The Purple Bridle Trail, which I have not been on in months, has still not improved. Meaning it’s muddy and slow going in many places.
I did not fuel myself properly on this run, and I could have used an S! Cap or two, considering the weather was around 60 degrees. I didn’t care. I was so happy to be on the trails, in sunshine, peeling layers off, that the quad issues didn’t start to really bother me until about mile 14 or 15.
Then they really started to ache!
I actually ran into two runners on my way back to the Lodge-Bigfoot 50K runners from Zanesville, previewing the course. We chatted about the course and mud, and I wished them well, and finally got back to the Lodge.
Very pleasantly tired after 4.5 hours on the trail. But it was of those situations where I ‘could not’ not take advantage of the morning on the trails!
One of those great early morning runs. It was not that cold out, and the sky was a brilliant blue. The two old farm dogs barked out a welcome from the top of their hill, but then continued on their rounds-there are routines to be kept to, obviously. I kept my head swivelling for the blood hound puppy and was a bit disappointed when he didn’t come hurling over the grounds at me. I was lazy on the first two miles, and then amused myself by running up the Gump Dogs Hill. They were not around either! Was the dog packs all out shopping this fine morning? I smiled when I started up the biggest hill, as first one deer, then number two, and then deer three scampered across the road in front of me. I spent most of this run thinking of future running events. Getting very psyched for February.
This was my fifth year of attending Slim Pickins. The only year I missed was the first year, in 2006. I did a short little write up on the History of Slim Pickins, which was fun to go back and read my old run reports. I plan on rewriting this in more detail, with all the pics I have, over the course of this winter. We’re at the point with our club that we now have history.
This was the least epic weather ever for SP and also the most attendees at the starting line. 18 runners lined up at the Brown Gate in around 30 degree weather, with no snow and temperatures promised to be in the 50’s.
We had a goal for this year’s running. The Ohiopyle 50K, or the “Gate 2-8×2” Challenge. It’s very simple. Start at the Brown Gate (mile zero for our purposes) go out to Mile Marker 8 on the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail, return to the Brown Gate; and then repeat. This gives you 32 miles and 7400 feet of elevation.
It sounds simple enough. And it’s not usually the 1.5 mile climb OUT at mile 6 that affects people. It’s the Mile 5 and 3 Hills, as I call them. What you go down on the way out, you must climb again.
The mile marker three ended up being some of the runner’s turning point, since once you passed MM# 3, and went downhill, you were more of less committed. In other words, once you go down Mile 3 Hill, you might as well trudge on out to MM8 and make the turn.
There was a good group of us sharing trail time on the way out to MM8, me, Tara, Bill, the Musick brothers, the Harris Boyyzz, so the time really went by quickly. It’s amazing how trail time can pass when you are with a group.
We stopped at the overlook right around Mile 7.5. If you are on the LHHT, you need to keep an eye out for the boulders to the left of the trail and hop up onto these for the photo op.
We made the turn at MM8 and headed back. Eric and Slim had taken off, and I got ahead of the group because I wanted to run the long downhill. Jeff eventually caught up to me on the big downhill, and then Brian caught up. We then swept up with Slim, who wasn’t feeling his best, and headed back into town. The Musick brothers went to refuel at the market in town, and Slim and I just refueled at our vehicles. I started out just a bit ahead of Slim, and caught Tara and Bill just coming off the trail. Tara indicated that she was done with 16 miles, and I didn’t try and argue with her. She and Bill are experienced ultra runners, so they know what they can do, or want to do.
Slim stopped to give Tara a pep talk and ended up perking himself up, so he caught right up to me. We then encountered Chris. This was Chris’ first time on the Laurel Highlands Trail, and the most technical trail she’s encountered. She informs us she is not going to do the full 50K, but will turn at the gate and get some more miles in. Both Slim and I had independently came to the same thought earlier-we would finish our 50K, then go back out and run in with Chris. We told Chris this, if we encountered her on our way back, we’d go the full distance out to MM8 again with her. This also gave Chris pause to figure out how far she could go out, without running into us.
Slim and I continued down the trail. He had benefited from his own pep talk, and it seemed like no time at all we ran into Lloyd Thomas. LT was our enabler. He had hiked out with 200 oz of water and his gear, and had spent much of his time around MM 5 and 6, getting some studying done, and wandering up and down the trail with folks. He was also keeping track of who we still had out there.
Out of the full 18 starters, the OP50K finishers were dropping like flies. Cam Baker, Paul Lefelhocz, Rich Vriboncic, and Chris D were in front of us and would finish. The only ones behind Slim and I were the Musick Brothers, and we didn’t know if they would come out for the full second loop.
The wind had died down as we got to the summit almost to MM8. It was great to be hitting that Mile Marker and now know we had the full 1.5 mile downhill. We ran into the Musick Brothers not that far behind us, just about the mile 7 spot. We continued down trail, and picked up LT around mile 6 for the trip home. Darkness did catch us about mile 2, and Slim went into his power march, which meant I had to go into a run and then a jog to keep up with him. But we wanted to break the 10 hour mark for the 50K, which we did, in 9.55. This should show you how tough the OP 50K is, when a sub 10 hour 50K is an okay time. Cam Baker finished in 7.35. I’m not sure what Cam’s ‘normal’ 50K time is, I’m sure it would be around 5 hours. This is not your typical 50K-nor a 50K for just anybody.
We had 8 finishers of the OP50K, now known as the “Gate 2-8-X2” Challenge. This challenge is open to anyone, we are working on a website for this. All you have to do is follow the pretty simple rules: Start at the Brown Gate at the LH sign, go to mile 8, come back, and repeat. Do this in one 24 hour period. Time spent refueling in Ohiopyle counts, you can’t subtract that. Report results of time and date achieved. I really enjoyed the 50K challenge, and it was great to spend all the trail time with everyone. Already looking forward to next year’s Slim Pickins!!
Maybe if I had not gotten the stomach bug back on Day 5 or whatever, I would still be on plan. But after I got behind on the word count, I was getting very stressed at trying to keep up with my writing.
I was inhaling my lunch, then writing, and then not feeling relaxed or rested when I had to go back into work.
I wasn’t feeling like writing after working 10 hours, then working out, then coming home to write.
The getting up early to write was okay, but I have been trying to work on my sleep-i.e, get more, and decided sleep was more important than a hobby project-that was stressing me out.
The project did cull me off more internet time, I am happy to say. I have not posted in Twitter for about the month, and the few times I check it, I can’t even recognize most folks in the feed. I’m actually writing more for the NEO TC blog, which amuses me. Do what makes you happy.
Slim Pickins was this past weekend and it was awesome. I will get some writing done on that soon. But first I got to get the dogs out for a walk between raindrops.