Monthly Archives: January 2012

It is What It is

Yes, a third blog post today. I have time on my hands.

The husband and dog made it safely to Columbus, a two hour drive that took 3 hours. On first quick evaluation, she has pneumonia and will likely be in the hospital for at least two days.

Of course I am stressed out, but at least I am being productive here at home.

I walked on the treadmill, 10% incline, up to 4 MPH, for one hour. Then I did a thirty minute interval running work out on the treadmill. Oh, and I couldn’t hear my movies over the treadmill noise, soI put on an old taped episode of the Biggest Loser and watched it. There sure are alot of food commercials during the BL.

Then I mopped the kitchen floor, cleaned the counters, cleaned the bathroom, put the laundry away. Swept all the floors.

I’ve been using the reframing technique all day.

Yes, the dog is in the hospital. Yes, isn’t it great that I can afford to have the dog in the hospital without having additional worry about the bills.

Yes, I had to bail on my run with my friend today and the training run for tomorrow. Yes, but I did get in a workout today. I just have to let go that I didn’t get my miles or time on my feet in. I can always go hang out on the treadmill for more time.

Since the dog is being cared for, I can still get a long run in tomorrow. I’m not sure what I want to do. I could always go up to CVNP and bandit the Regis Run, but I am not sure I feel very sociable right now. I tend to go quiet when things are bothering me.

The weather has turned abruptly into winter (imagine that, January in Ohio) and the forecast for both here and northern Ohio is the same, cold and windy.  So I haven’t made any sort of decision.  Perhaps I should just go to Salt Fork, and cobble together 30 miles the best  I can.

My Horoscope for the Year

Year 2012 Overview


The confusion of 2011 is about to lift as clarity returns in 2012.

You’ve no doubt been through a series of powerful metamorphoses since 2008, when Pluto took possession of your stars for the long haul. You’re not even a quarter of the way through the 18-year shedding process that Pluto requires … and yet you’re not the same person you were just a few years ago by any stretch of the imagination.

In some ways, you can expect this year to be a long, dramatic pause. You’ll be questioning many aspects of your existence, especially your professional life. Mars, the planet of work and action, will be retrograde for the first quarter of the year in your house of higher learning and travel, putting you in a deeply introspective and philosophical mode. During this time, you’ll be less inclined to hit the road than you will be to hit the books.

When the eclipse patterns stir up the winds of change for you again in spring and summer, you’ll experience some major epiphanies about the new direction you need to take. The new Moon solar eclipse in your work sector brings a fresh approach to the way you go about your daily routine.
And then, the full Moon lunar eclipse of June in your dream sector will bring the muse and vision to inspire you to go beyond the known. The total solar eclipse and new Moon in your goal sector in November is the final push to plant radically new seeds. There’s no question that you’re leaving your old life behind; it’s now just a matter of faithfully emerging into the new.

Don’t Freeze your FA FA Report

I got the FB invite  around Christmas time, Jay Smithberger was organizing another FA for New Year’s Day. Last year was very successful, but we apparently “muddied the trails” in the Dennison University Bioreserve and Jay got some flak about that.

This year, the FA started from the Smithberger Estate, and Jay had two loops mapped out-first loop, five miles of road, back to his place. Then, two miles down the road to the Bio where he had gotten the green light for use to do a 9’ish mile loop on.

My quads are still not recovered from the MHM on Wednesday.  I got to chat a little with Tom Patton on the first road loop.  It was a very scenic little loop around the neighborhood, I liked this little building:

It started to rain as I got back to Jay’s place, so I donned the rain jacket I had been carrying.

Gear note: I wore my new WINK Ultimate Direction pack. It’s heavier than the Nathan Hydration Vest, but there is more room to store items in it. I will most likely carry this at HR, so I will start using it now. The rain quit around the time I got to the Bio entrance, so I stopped and took the jacket off!

 Happy New Year!

Then, about ten minutes later, the rain commenced and back on went the jacket!

The Bio does have some good ups and downs. The downs were killing my quads. They are not recovered yet from the MHM.

I’m following Jay’s pink ribbons. Then I notice I am going by the sign that says “Cuckoo Trail Closed.” Hmm. I have already ran by this sign once. But where did I miss a turn?  The Bio is full of trails and I am not carrying a map.  Rather than run the loop that I have just done, I decide to backtrack, since I know this “Closed” sign was close to where we entered the Bio.  Hey, I was paying that enough attention!

So I backtrack, and hit the road section again back to Jay’s. Since everyone is still out and running, I decide to just head for home.  Happy with the effort and 12 miles logged for the new year!

Happy New Year

So is it end of the year or beginning of the new? I’m on to the beginning of the new. I couldn’t even get to Reverb 11 this year after the December 4th lottery results. How can I reflect on 2011 when 2012 is dawning?

Okay, I will try and reflect. I had an extremely awesome 2011. I gained confidence in myself as a runner and posted a solid finish at Massanutten. I finally realized that I am *not* the same person that I was before, so I needed to drag my thinking about *that kim* is not the Kimba I am now. I finally left that other person behind, and had a very productive 2011.

I did not complete the WV Trilogy,so that left me with unfinished business. 50 Mile races do not seem to be my forte. There has been the suggestion of ‘only’ running the 50 miler at the Trilogy, but on the quick look, the Trilogy weekend looks to fall on my weekend to work, so that is out of the question.

Hardrock 2012 was not the plan. The plan was to apply for the Barkley, and complete one loop. To set myself up for more loops and sucess down the way. I was even planning on going to Frozen Head State Park in January, on my 4 day weekend. Then the Hardrock lottery commenced, and spun me into the Hardrock Race for 2012.

And that’s fine. I’ve got six months to train for it. I head out on January 1 for a run. I’m carrying my rain jacket. Why? Because I will be carrying it at HR. And I might as well start carrying the beginning of my gear now. Training commences now. I am so looking forward to 2012. Seriously, it’s “Living the Dream” year for me.