Monthly Archives: November 2012

My Reverb12

It is almost December and time for reverb12.

What is reverb?  Started in 2010, 

 it was a daily writing practice that focused on examining the previous year and sending out reverberations for a positive year ahead.

So, the idea is, you get a prompt a day, and write and execute what the prompt is about-either on your blog, your journal, paint it, whatever.

I find this quite fun and refreshing to get these prompts in my email basket each morning.

Well, it’s now developed into a rather free-form art, so I have cut and pasted various prompts from the last two years.  I won’t be getting these in my in-box; perhaps I won’t go in order, but close my eyes and stab a pencil into a line, and use that prompt for the day-that way it is a bit more spontaneous for me.

So feel free to use these prompts for yourself, and reflect about 2012 and reverb into 2013!

1. One Word (Written by Gwen Bell): Encapsulate the year 2012 in one word. Explain why you’re choosing that word. Now, imagine it’s one year from today, what would you like the word to be that captures 2013 for you?

2. Blog Find of the Year (Inspired by Gwen Bell): Share the love — which blog did you discover this year
3. What Matters Now (Inspired by Seth Godin): Think about the here and now. What matters most to you right now? How are you going to nurture what matters in during 2013?
4. Time: Time is a valuable resource. Did you spend 2012 wisely? What can you do to maximize your time during 2013?
5. Health: How did you treat your body this year? You only get this one vessel one time around. How will you treat your body next year?
6. Plan: What didn’t go according to plan this year?  How have you adjusted your plan as a result?  
7.  Action (Written by Scott Belsky):When it comes to aspirations, its not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen. What’s your next step?
8. Listen: What song do you listen to to completely change your mood?
9. Appreciate (Written by Victoria Klein): What’s the one thing you have come to appreciate most in the past year? How do you express gratitude for it?
10.Lesson Learned (Written by Tara Weaver): What was the best thing you learned about yourself this past year? And how will you apply that lesson going forward?
11. Beyond Avoidance (Written by Jake Nickell): What should you have done this year but didn’t because you were too scared, worried, unsure, busy or otherwise deterred from doing? (Bonus: Will you do it?)
12.Achieve (Written by Tara Sophia Mohr): What’s the thing you most want to achieve next year? How do you imagine you’ll feel when you get it? Free? Happy? Complete? Blissful? Write that feeling down. Then, brainstorm 10 things you can do, or 10 new thoughts you can think, in order to experience that feeling today.
13. Photo (Written by Tracey Clark): Sift through all the photos of you from the past year. Choose one that best captures you; either who you are, or who you strive to be. Find the shot of you that is worth a thousand words. Share the image, who shot it, where, and what it best reveals about you.
14. When did you feel the most relaxed?

15. When did you cry?

16.  Letting Go (Inspired by Alice Bradley): What do you need to let go of to move forward in 2013?

17.  Who was important to you?
18. Where did you spend money?
19. When were you most scared?
20. Friends: Begin to percolate a plan for “My friends day out in 2013”, tell us what you envision
21. Who did you miss?
22. When did you take the easy way?
23. What was the most beautiful scenic place you saw in 2012?
24. Did you learn something new about the world in 2012? What was it?
25.  What was your favorite Christmas present?
26. What new thought, idea or action have you taken this year that gave you a true sense of freedom?
27. Surprise: What event touched you in 2011 in an unexpected way?  
28. What are 13 things your life doesn’t need in 2013? How will you go about eliminating them? How will getting rid of these 13 things change your life?
29. Prompt: Everything’s OK. What was the best moment that could serve as proof that everything is going to be alright? And how will you incorporate that discovery into the year ahead?
30.One Goal: If you could only do one thing in 2013, but do it very well to perfection, what would it be?
31 Where do you hope to be on Jan 1, 2014?


The trail goddess goes to the track..

Well, not for a speed workout, just a few turns around the track.

32 turns in all, for 8 miles.

The high school track is right by the river, and it was a windy but sunny day.

So for half a lap I was warm; then I would hit the wind and be pretty cold for a  half lap.

Warm-cold-warm-cold-warm-cold-well you get the idea.

NO I do not count laps; that’s what the Garmin is there for. 

I did change directions at 4 miles and reversed on the track, getting warm and cold in a different direction.

Hamstrings were a big tight, but I’ve run completely flat for the last three days.

I’m getting used to the steady, daily running.  I am kind of impressed that I have been running solid 40+ mile weeks (last week was 59 miles) without any (major)  aches and pains.  My “old” impression was, whenever I got up to around 50+ miles running, “something” would start to hurt.  But I am consistently running six days a week, and so far have been able to absorb the training.  I really like that.

I have also been using a recovery drink after each workout these days too, I don’t remember if I have mentioned this.  I used to just use Recoverite, from Hammer Nutrition, after a long effort-like a 14+ mile run. Now I am using a recovery drink daily.  I used up all my Recoverite, and now I am using “Ultragen” from First Endurance.  Both the Hammer and First Endurance products work for me, but the “Cappacino” flavor from First Endurance wins the flavor front, hands down.  It makes quite a tasty drink post run!

I think having the recovery drink is helping quite a bit with the increase in the running schedule, so if you have only been using the recovery product on long runs, like me before,  you might want to experiment and see if that helps after each workout. 

Reverb 2012

I first learned, and participated in reverb 10.

Reverb it was a daily writing practice that focused on examining the previous year and sending out reverberations for a positive year ahead. It was originally founded by Gwen Bell and last year she was joined by Cali and Kaileen in hosting it. Shortly after sending out my tweet an email popped up in my inbox. Because I’d participated in Reverb last year I was on the mailing list. In short, the email said that there would be no Reverb this year as the hosts are in a very different place in their lives right now. It also gave tips for hosting your own Reverb. 

I had all good intentions on participating  in Reverb11, with prompts generated from other writers/bloggers/tweeters.

But then December4-the Hardrock Lottery occurred-and all thoughts of reflection and reverberations were pretty much slammed out of my  head for December. I couldn’t wrap my head around anything last December.

This year December will be a much calmer month. I’m not entering the HR lottery (promised husband I wouldn’t go to HR in 2013, so I didn’t even enter the lottery) so I don’t see any big surprises coming my way.

I am looking forward to another homegrown year of Reverb12.  I haven’t found much blogging or posting on anyone with prompts yet for the month, although I did sign up for a newsletter for prompts, I haven’t gotten any notification yet.

So I have cobbled together prompts from other bloggers from previous years. If, when I copied and pasted, I will keep the credit to where I believe the prompt came from. Others, many, will not. If I use your prompt and you want credit, please just let me know.

Treadmill Day Two

I know this is an oxymoron, but  I had a good treadmill run.

Who knew??????

Today’s run was brought to you courtesy of a new reality TV show I found:

Farm Kings

Join the King Family of Freedom Farms as they battle the elements – and each other – to provide the Pittsburgh region with the very freshest produce possible.

Don’t judge. Some of you watch Real Housewifes and Tosh 2.0.   I like to look at young farmer guys with their shirts off.  Ok, they don’t even have their shirts off in most of the episode.

Okay, one episode and the start of another got me through 7 miles on the tread.

One of my issues on the tread is  I don’t really start out very fast on it.  This morning, I started out walking-always good to warm up-but I cranked up the incline.  That got my leg turnover working better.  I then cover up the display, except for the MPH button.  I would then increase the speed by one .1 speed.  If it seemed too much, I backed down, then held it, then increased.

I uncovered the display and found I was at 5 miles already! Woohooo! Then I got all confused-was I supposed to go 7 or 8 miles?  Hmmm, I was pretty sure it was 7-heck, I’m almost done!

Best treadmill run I’ve had….since who knows when.

The husband came back into the house when I was almost done, I was happy to hear he bagged an eight point buck (the reason I’m running inside this week!) so there is fresh venison on the menu!!!

Mill Creek Park Run

I  haven’t run with another human since the YUTC..way back in September. My solo runs were just that.  Although I think I am a pretty solitary person, all this “aloneness” was getting to me.

There has been plenty of group runs and events going on, but none seemed to fit my schedule.  I was having some FOMO going on.

I had a FB invite to a run up north, about a 1.5 hour drive. It sounded..okay.Then I thought, shoot, I would rather drive a 1/2 hour more over to Mill Creek Park and run with closer friends.

Slim came out and ran with me.  We ran up to Rocky Ridge, then took the traditional URINEO Loop…except we didn’t run the Big Bear Spur.   Got lots of club management chatter complete, some plans for the future, and random trail gossip.

It was a beautiful afternoon, the sun came out, the sky was actually blue. Good time on the trails.

First Snow!

The schedule called for 8 miles today.

I decided to run my usual 6.4 mile loop, with some out and backs to add in the required mileage.

Scooter wasn’t at his house.  I got up the hill, where the Gump Dogs live, and they didn’t seem to be home either.  I took a right, to add the out and back.  The Garmin died promptly as I began my run, so I wasn’t sure how much to run down the road this way.

I thought I would return at the ..bloodhound in the road ahead.   The dog was barking wildly at me.  Now what was the odds there was another bloodhound in the neighborhood?  I was pretty sure it was Scooter.

“Hi Scooter where you been?” I shouted. He stopped barking and ran wildly right at  me, overjoyed that I knew his name!!  I had to stop running and defend myself as Scooter-very good naturedly-jumped and bumped all over me.  “All right Scooter, I have to get going. But don’t follow, I got to go by the Gump Dogs.”

Scooter followed for a short distance, trotting next to me, bumping into me, and generally just trying to trip me.  He did stop and faded into his woods as I got nearer to the Gump Dogs territory;  it appears they are know and respect their various boundaries.

The Gump Dogs were nowhere to be seen.

Two miles later, the hunters in blaze orange were in high visibility, about 8 or 10 of them at the barn.  I see them every winter; I don’t know whether they are hunting birds or rabbits.  I always feel self-conscious when I see them and wish I had run with some blaze orange on myself (although I am running right down the middle of a dirt road.)

Speaking of clothing, I purchased another merino wool shirt.  I heart merino wool. I think I will just buy the rest of all my clothes as merino wool.  It’s soft, it’s warm.  This one is a nice stripe;  I can wear it running, or I could wear it to work or to a restaurant!

First snowfall of the fall, it won’t be the last.  It was also quite windy.  Of course, when we went out to lunch just one hour or so after my run, why does it seem so much colder then?  It’s hard to believe I was out there running in it!

Thanksgiving Turkey Trot

I ran a  Turkey Trot today.

I have not ran a Turkey Trot since I was a road runner..let me consult to see when I ran that Turkey Trot in Cleveland…in 2003!!!   That was a 5 miler, and I ran it in an average pace of 9.13 get out!!

I hope I can run this 5K in 9.13 per mile!

I ran the 5k in 27.08. My Garmin said 28.10 so that’s where my splits come from. 2.6 mile warmup, almost timed it right, only had to wait about ten minutes before we started. Splits: Mile 1 9.00 Mile 2 8.59 Mile 3 8;26 0.2 0.44 Negative split the whole race! I should have picked up the pace more, earlier, at the beginning of mile 3, but I’m a 5k newby. Happy with the effort and had fun.