Monthly Archives: December 2012

Reverb Day 19: Try

What do you want to try next year? Is there something you wanted to try in 2012? What happened when you did or didn’t go for it? 

 In 2013, I am going to TRY and make a scrapbook.  Yes, me.

I’m not that crafty.

In 2012, I opened our wedding album, and the pictures just kind of fell out of the sheets.  Yes, the album is 22 years old.  My husband then scanned all the photos, since they were already loose.

I decided I would like to have one of those fancy wedding scrapbooks.  So I bought one. And it sits here. And I  bought little stickers, and stuff to put with it.  

I don’t really have the first clue about going about this.  But you know what?  Who cares? It’s just a scrapbook!  If it doesn’t come out the way I envisioned it, I can always try again.

So, it’s not going to happen this weekend, or probably next weekend, but by the end of January, 2013, I will have a completed wedding scrapbook!

18. When were you most scared?

Reverb Day 18: When were you most scared?

This is easy!!

Several times on the Hardrock Course.  When you read the HR manual, there are certain words in it: exposure, acrophobia.  You best really not be scared of heights to tackle HR.

Virginius Pass is about 13,000 feet.  We had scouted this part of the course prior to the race. I did not climb all the way up to Kroger’s Canteen (the Aid Station is at the very summit of the peak) but the climb up was pretty gnarly.  And we were actually on the side where we would descend down, in the race.

Many years this is covered in snow, which makes it an easy slide down.  This year it was just a talus and scree field.

I really wanted to get to Virginius in the daylight, but I had to turn on my head lamp just before I hit the summit.

The rock star guys took care of me in the aid station; they pointed out the lights below (other runners) telling me of an approximate way to go down the mountain.

I started down on what I could kind of discern as a trail; the scree was loose.  I had both feet on the ground, my hands on the ground behind me, and occasionally, my butt would hit just for some added point of contact.  I just kept muttering to myself “take your time, take your time”.

Having the other runners lights below did give me an idea on how to get down.   I got down two kind of vertical hangs, then the way became very steep.  Was I still taking the (more or less) correct way, or was this going to end in a drop off?  And if so, how am I going to climb back up this loose scree?

My heart is pounding, I’m going so slowly down this.  I go to the left a bit, and just slide down the scree. 

Whee! I’m at the bottom! Awesome ! I did not die!!!! That was great fun!!!!!!!!!!!

Recon days before the race

Reverb Day 17: Action

 Action: When it comes to aspirations, it’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen. What’s your next step?

Making ideas happen.  This is a tough one. I’ve always got something percolating in my head.

My newest idea? Become the first female from Ohio to complete the Grand Slam.

The Grand Slam of Ultrarunning consists of Western States, Vermont, Leadville, and Wasatch in one calendar year.

I was idly looking at the WS lottery entrants, and I just saw very few females from Ohio even entering.  Then I did some research (that meant asking Slim, and he did the research) and that got my “bra burning feminist self”  (not my words, probably Wrong-Way’s) sensibilities all stimulated and in an up roar.

So I have decided that next year, I will enter the Western States 100 lottery.  Which is the first step.  Anymore, with so many lottery entrants for WS, if you get in, you might as well attempt the Slam.

Now, the only race out of the four that I am interested in running is Wasatch. But if I got into WS,  I think I could garner up enough enthusiasm.  That’s a huge amount of commitment for all four races.
And it would depend, if I could get the time off from work.
And get selected in the lottery.

I doubt this is a goal for next year, due to the lottery chances. But I am going to throw it out there, put it on the “to do” list.  No, not a bucket list, it’s just a “to do” list.

BUT if you gave me a WS entry, guaranteed, vs a Hardrock entry, I would throw that over for Hardrock  in a heartbeat.

Day 16:Reverb: Lose

16: lose [HOPE]

Did you have to say goodbye to a person, or even a cherished object, this year? Take a moment to celebrate the memory

Well, good this takes care of the reverb : When did you cry this year? Also.

Sandal passed away in January.  She had cancer.  She was getting palliative care for the cancer, both chemotherapy and radiation, at Med Vet, in Columbus Ohio.  She received wonderful care from these loving folks.

Sandal really tolerated these treatments well, she never had bouts of vomiting or diarrhea, and was always happy to go for the 1.5 hour drive to Columbus.

In January, she got pneumonia, on a Thursday.  Her breathing was labored, and Dennis took her to MedVets Friday morning, and they admitted her to the ICU. We didn’t want heroic measures, so the doctor called us on Saturday, and said it was time.

Sandal was our best natured dog, ever.  She loved everyone.  Except for an errant rabbit or two.

Reverb Day 14: Foodie Friday

Foodie Friday — Cultivate Style: Food nourishes us. Some foods give us more enjoyment than others. Some foods leave us feeling less than ourselves. What foods nourished your soul and body this year? What food choices can you make in 2013 to cultivate more self-care?

 One food I have incorporated into my eating this year was my green smoothies.  I have one of those Vita Mix Blenders, which is worth every penny that it costs!

I blend up veggies, and fruits.  I get 3 or 4 servings of veggies from one 20 ounce bottle of green goodness.

I love it. My standard smoothie is usually spinach, some frozen grape tomatoes, maybe half an apple or pear, maybe part of an avocado.  I usually remember to go to the plant room and grab some cilantro, thyme, oregano, basil, from my herb plants growing.  I throw all this into the VitaMix and blend away.

I sip on this for 1/2 hour or one hour at work.  The co-workers are getting pretty used to my sometimes pretty green smoothie, sometimes it’s more brown looking (due to the tomatoes & spinach) and always want to know what I have combined for that day.

Reverb Day 13: Walk

13: walk

Describe the path to a favorite place of yours to walk in 2012.  What’s meaningful about the place or the journey?
My favorite place to walk is our 1/2 mile course around part of our property.  This is the dogs daily walk.  They run freely, all over the place, sometimes taking off to chase a squirrel or deer.
Sometimes its an “up day” where we climb to the top of the hill, take the private road over to the back corner of our property, and then “down” to the pond.  

This is time I get to spend with my husband, sometimes chatting idly, sometimes not at all, observing nature and the pups.