Monday, December 31, 2012

Reverb 31: 2014

31 Where do you hope to be on Jan 1, 2014?

I hope to be beginning a new season of training, with three weeks off to spend in Colorado before Hardrock 2014 in July!

I hope to be selected in the Hardrock Lottery for 2014.  It's a serious long shot.  But so was my first ticket to HR, so it's my dream.

If that doesn't happen?  Then I hope I got selected for the Western States Race, so I could then run the Grand Slam of Ultra running.  Oh, and the vacation time for all of that also miraculously occurred.

If those two don't happen?  Then I hope I get a condolence letter from Laz, saying I was picked for The Barkley.

Stranger things have happened.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

End of the Year

Whoa!! When did it get to be December 30th so quickly??

Sigh. I lost control of Reverb 2012, but I gave it a good shot.  I might start on Reverb 2013 in November.  Some prompts, I can write off the cuff, and some prompts really made me think.  Some I just didn't have time to think about and write. So I may start reviewing prompts earlier.  It's been a very cool project, one I have enjoyed doing.

Year in Review: I don't do these. Read my blog if you want to know what went down.  It was a good year. I had alot of fun, some scary moments, and made some new friends.  There ya go.

New Years Resolution: I don't do these either, and neither will I write a blog post on "why setting NY resolutions is pointless and wrong".    I make my resolutions and goals all  year long. Sometimes they change, and sometimes new ones pop out of nowhere.

Races for 2013:  I can do this one.  I don't really run that many organized races.  So far on the calendar this year:

January Run for Regis: Running the 1/2 marathon
MLK Training Weekend January:  Two days of running on the MMT course in VA
Reverse Ring February
April 5: Doing the "Gate to 8 x 2" 50K Ohiopyle (FA)
April 13 Glacier Ridge Trail 50K
May 18: MMT
June 29: Black Hills 100K
August 31 The Ring
October Oil Creek 100

So, not so much on the calendar yet.  Which is okay.  MMT is THE race for 2013, I am focused on improving my time for this year. I've been working on base miles for the last two months, and am ready to get going on 2013 doings.

So, have a great NY Eve, don't drink and drive. I doubt I will make it up to welcome in the new year, I value my sleep over ticking over the calendar page.  Since the  Mayans were not correct, I think 2013 will be there when I wake up.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Reverb 28: 13 Things

28. What are 13 things your life doesn’t need in 2013? 

Energy suckers
Negative people
Dull grey days
10 lbs
Self doubt
Druggies I have to fight with
Snapping turtles-I don't need these in my pond!
People who don't want to work hard-see laziness I guess
Excessive mud
People who don't believe I can do it....I'm not sure what the "it" is from time to time..

Running: Mohican Trail Run

Yes, I am behind on my Reverb postings.  I plan to try and catch up this weekend.

I was fighting a cold for a few days.  I succumbed on Thursday to it and threw alot of drugs at it.  That, with a two day rest day from running, made me feel much better today.

The early morning snowstorm scared off everyone from Mohican.  All that showed was Mark and Terri, who live there in town.  It wasn't so bad of a drive. My usual 1.5 hour drive took me two hours.  The way I look at it, I live in an area where there is winter.  Sometimes you just have to suck it up.


With no one showing but us, we revised the plan already revised.  It really didn't matter. We all know the trails and approximate mileage.
The snow depth would change. On Big Ass Hill, it was slick going up.  Then we would find lower depths of snow.

 Stopped at the Gorge Overlook for some pictures.

Mark stayed with us to the Covered Bridge, and he took the river trail back to the vehicles.

Terri and I continued, taking the old "Orange Loop" of the Mohican 100 course. 

It was a good run, slow going through the snow.  There were some footprints in some sections of the trail, so others were out on this gorgeous morning too.

We encountered our first mountain bikers about four miles from our finish-they were very happy to hear we had broken trail, and we were stoked to have their tire marks to follow back to the parking lot, so good karma all around there!

I wore the old trail "screwed shoes" for the run today, but the snow was so deep they were not needed.  If you are a winter trail runner-or actually even a winter road runner, there are alternatives to Yaxtrax and those commercial products.

Matt Carpenter has the "original page" on the how-to-do-it, and here is Nick's video on it:

Happy winter running!!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Reverb Day 23: Habit

Kat asks us: What is the single most important habit you intend to cultivate in 2013?

Self- control. That was the immediate word that popped into my head.

What do  I mean, self control? Will power?  


control or restraint of oneself or one's actions, feelings, etc.

self-discipline, self-restraint, willpower, levelheadedness

This definition below is what I mean:

Medical Dictionary
self-control  self-con·trol (sělf'kən-trōl')
control of one's emotions, desires, or actions by one's own will

He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still. -Tao Te Ching

Monday, December 24, 2012

Reverb 21: Pleasures

What small pleasures did you discover this year?

Small pleasures...

Okay, on our YUTC race course, there is a section of trail called "The Monkey Hills".  We have created a rather silly challenge-the Monkey Hills (or Trails) Marathon, where you just run the distance back and forth, for 29 laps.

Monkey Hill Marathon Stats
The distance of each out-and-back lap is 5,036 ft. (.95 mile)
452 feet of gain per lap x 29 laps = 13,108 ft. of gain

I started buying a sock monkey or two, and brought them to the Monkey Trail Marathon.  During the YUTC race, I also had a couple of sock monkeys out on the Monkey Section of the course.

I also brought the monkey to Colorado with us.  This made the guys laugh too. It's hard to take yourself too seriously when you are carrying a sock monkey.  Cam even carried the monkey up three 14'ers that he summitted-Mount Elbert, Mount Massive, and Handies Peak.

 So every time I see a sock monkey, they make me laugh.  I've taken to snapping pictures of them whenever I spot them. I buy them rather randomly, and seem to give most of them away.  I hope it brings other people small pleasures!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Reverb 20: What I Want to Remember from 2012

  • My dog Sandal
  • The coyotes howling at 6am on the Wild Oak Trail
  • The heart rate and adrenalin and fear from descending Virginius in HR
  • the alpine glow at Jackass Flats outside Ouray
  • hearing the cheers from a mile away as Mark Carroll completed his 10th Mohican 100 Mile finish
  • extraordinary dinner with my husband at Zinc in Charlottesville
  • the chocolate dessert my husband made me for my birthday
  • Alice as a wee puppy
  • the copperhead snake on the Laurel Highlands Trail
  • running uphill, past the mountain bikers, with Bob & Bill...until the mountain bikers were out of sight
  • soaking in the sun and the Yough River with Slim in June
  • seeing first timers finish their first ultra at YUTC
  • have a glass of wine..or two with my husband, on our Adirondack chairs in the late summer evening

Wednesday, December 19, 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!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

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

Monday, December 17, 2012

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.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

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.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Reverb Day 15: These are a few of my favorite things-2012

Day 9: these are a few of my favourite things..2012..
Views I get from my 11 mile road loop

Peoli Cemetery..Cy Young is buried here

Uh, I like shoes???

Friends. At the end of Cam's Double Ring
Massanutten Rocks
My family

Mongold and me, TWOT, February
Climbing toward Handies Peak, CO, July

Virginius Part of the HR Course, CO



Friday, December 14, 2012

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.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

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.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Running: Today's Trail Run

Today called for a "harder" 8 mile run.

Well, first mistake was I forgot my trail shoes. Luckily, I was wearing an old pair of my road running Saucony trainers, so I decided to suck it up and run in them.

The trails at Salt Fork were a bit of a slick mess, and the road shoes tended to keep me from running fast on the downhills as it was so slick.

But the sun was shining, and it was daylight, and about 40 degrees, so all was good.

Two new pieces of gear on today's run:

A new headband! A merino wool headband from Smartwool. I love it!  (My hair is not as red as it appears here..)

I bought a SPI Belt the other day at Vertical Runner.  SPI is small personal item belt.  I was able to easily tuck my cell phone, car key, Zune, and one gel into the belt.  It was comfortable to wear also.  I have been wanting something to carry my phone and key in since starting to run in the dark now, that doesn't involve wearing a hydration vest.  The SPI Belt seems like it will work out nicely.

I am getting more interested in trying not to carry so much "stuff" around with me on runs.  I am thinking I want to run MMT with handhelds, instead of a bladder this year, especially so if I have crew.  So I am going to start running with handhelds, starting now, to get used to that again.

Speaking of Massanutten 100 Mile Trail Race, I got lucky in the lottery, was selected. I've paid for the race and I am now an official entrant.  I have big goals for this race, and I've actually already begun training for it. It's always nice to get that official "entrant" status to get the extra boost of training going.


Reverb: 12-12-12

A new reverb I just made up, in the spirit of 12-12-12.

12. I deal with people's birth dates, as an identifier, and it geeks me out a little bit, one patient is 8-9-10; another was like 3-8-38;  I always feel some sort of kindred spirit when I see another 1-6 out there and wonder what they are like.

11. Did the Mayans just get bored making their calendar?  Although I believe we have another 9 days left here on earth if the world does end on December 21.

10.  December 21 by what calendar? We've added, and lost, and revised so much of the calendar, who can tell what the original dates were.

9. I doubt the Pilgrims and Indians actually sat down on the last Thursday in November and broke bread together every year.

8. I do not see why we still do the Daylight Savings time gig.  You can tell me all you want how we save money, but I just don't see how.  Our Amish neighbors don't get up according to the clock, they awake with the sun rising and finish their chores with the sun setting.

7. I wonder if people born in 7-7-77 ever play that number in the lottery.

6. 6 pm is when the sun comes up! and the sun goes down in Grenada, 12 degrees North of the Equator.  So if you are going running, you best get that cup of (Cuban) coffee in, and get that run in before it gets too warm. 
Nothing beats sitting at the bar, on Mourne Rouge, watching the abrupt path of the sun disappear.  It's much better too if you are drinking a Rum Punch.

5.  Five seems to be my "minimum" run distance these days.

4. Someone born in 4-4-44 would now be 68 years old. They would have missed WW2, and  Korea, but definitely would have been in the middle of the Vietnam Era.  They would have just missed being a baby boomer by a few years.

3.  Three is the Magic Number. Does anyone remember Blind Melon, on Schoolhouse Rock?

2.  Oh wait, as I Googled 12-12-12 maybe the world is ending today, not December 21.  But back to the inaccurate calendars, do we really know???

1. I guess people will have to stop with their weddings and births now, since we don't really have a 13-13-13..although we do have a 1-3-2013....

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Reverb Day 11: Spontaniety

The full prompt: What was your last act of spontaneity? (Author: Lee Currie)

This immediately came to mind: my impromptu little dance of triumph after a hard workout:

From November 4th:

Today was a progressive run. Meaning run each mile a little faster than the next.  Meaning, negative split the run.

The weather was quite nice out today, sunny and warmish.

Although at 545 pm, with the sun going down, it wasn't quite so nice then, at 42 Degrees.

As I changed clothes at the trailhead, in the cold, I thought "time to go to work."   This was my time to work, my time to work the plan.

Lap 1  11.11
Lap 2 11.12
Lap 3 10.46
Lap 4 10.26
Lap 5 9.41
Lap 6  8.42

6 miles in 1.02!!!

A wee bit hard to gauge pace in the dark. And a bit hard to do also, run each mile faster than the last.  I kept thinking I was increasing the pace,but glancing at the Garmin..hmm nope.

I increased the effort and felt like I was-actually I was- sprinting most of that last mile.

6 miles beeped out at me and I stopped.  Gasped for air, walked across the bridge.  Glanced at  Garmin. 6miles in 1.02.

AC-DC's "Hard as a Rock" came onto my Zune.  I did a little impromptu dancing down the trail. Dang, I felt good.  Endorphins flowed. 

Very good run. 

Monday, December 10, 2012

Reverb: Day Ten

Lesson Learned : What was the best thing you learned about yourself this past year? And how will you apply that lesson going forward?

I think the biggest lesson I learned was to have confidence, and believe in myself.

It took me a long time to have self confidence in myself as a runner.  For me to declare, a finishing time for the 2011 MMT, took alot. It was all mental.  Just because I was declaring "I will finish MMT, in XX of hours" did not mean I was being cocky or bragging.  It was hard to get to that place.

For MMT 2012, it was more low key. Barring big problems, (a 100 miles is a long race) I was confident I would finish the race. Finish the race is always #1 goal.  Then you work on the smaller goals, like what kind of time you think you could finish in.

For Hardrock 100, I was always being the eight ball.  I knew many people did not think I could finish it.  I had doubts myself I could finish it.

And that's what did me in.  Deep down, I had doubts. I didn't want to discuss them, even with myself. But since I didn't have that core confidence-well, that didn't set me up that well for race day. 

I made alot of pretty rookie mistakes for a graduate level race.  But I am okay with that.   I know alot more about what Hardrock now entails. 

If, one year from now, my name is selected for the Hardrock 2014 race, I will have the confidence to say, I know what I need to do, to train, and I can finish that race (barring the usual 100 issues.)

I just learned the results for the MMT lottery for 2013, and it appears I am in.  That is reassuring, so I don't have to sit out in "wait list" limbo.

 I've got big goals for MMT 2013, which is worth a blog post in itself.  But I do have the confidence now, to say, I am pretty sure (barring the usual 100 mile issues/maladies) that I should be able to train for this race, and meet my goals.

Running: Today's Word: Dedicated

As it is my day off today, I went out for a 12 mile jaunt. I was originally going to the woods, but then my husband mentioned sushi for lunch so I decided to run closer to home.

Today is "trash day" here in Appalachia.  We don't have trash service here.  But on Monday, all the residents of Washington Township can deliver their trash to the township hall for free trash disposal. Yes, you have to haul your own.

So I am running down the road, toward the township hall, and a pickup pulls up next to me and slows down.

This old guy, who looks astonishingly like Gary Cantrell, grins at me and says "boy you have to be dedicated to be out in this today!"  (It's pouring rain.)  I laugh and say "no you have to be crazy".  It was nice to get a shout out.

A pretty good steady run, kind of contemplative in the deserted roads and overcast skies.  My left knee has been giving me a little bit of pain lately, probably just due to the increase in running I have been doing.

Unlike the rain misery of the other night, this run was close to home, in daylight, and I was wearing the appropriate clothing-a rain jacket and a visor, so there was an entire mood shift there.

I hope we are leaving soon for sushi, I am starving!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Reverb Day Eight:Song

8. Listen: What song do you listen to to completely change your mood?

Completely change my mood?

Pre-race, Massanutten 2011, Henry Speir was spinning records..okay he was handling his digital play list.

We were all in the big tent, it's 3-something in the morning (4am MMT start) I am sitting and chilling.

"Ob Li Di Ob La Da" comes on.  I smile.  I laugh.  I want to dance. I am soo happy, all of a sudden.

Every time I hear this song-and I play it often-I associate it with that positive, happy experience I had at the Massanutten 100. It makes me happy.

The version I have on my Zune is actually a live version that Phish performed.

The other song is Heather Small's "Proud".

This was the theme song for most of the years of "The Biggest Loser".  Okay, it might be cheesy.  But I like to hear it at the end of a long run..or race.

So I step out of the ordinary
I can feel my soul ascending
I am on my way
Can't stop me now
And you can do the same

What have you done today to make you feel proud?
It's never too late to try
What have you done today to make you feel proud?
You could be so many people
If you make that break for freedom
What have you done today to make you feel proud?

It makes me feel good, to know I have nailed that 7 mile pre-sun run, in the dark in the middle of winter;  or the 20 miler on the road, in hot humid OHio in July; or completed 8 loops of the Big Bear Lake 12 Hour Race (I remember playing this song on the Zune right before finishing in 2011)

What have you done today to make you feel proud?

Running: Sorry I Woke You

Reverb Day Seven was postponed yesterday just to sheer exhaustion.  A busy day at work, then I slogged my way through five miles on the treadmill....only to realize later, logging them, that it should have been six miles. 

I woke up, pretty tired.  But it wasn't raining. Then I checked the outside temperature-52 F?? Wow, the weather gods are throwing me a bone.  I get the outside clothes on.

It's still dark, since I started at 6am.  I run down the hill, into the creek bottom.  All of a sudden, I hear TWANG!! And the wire fence next to me is singing.  WTF?

Then I see the young cow in my headlight running down the road, in front of me.  Poor guy (or girl) I woke him up.  Scared him nearly as much as I was.  He (or she) finally finds an open wire in the fence and dives back inside the fence.

It's so much easier to run in the dark on my familiar backroads than the areas closer to work.  These  miles, coupled with a morning run and the daylight, made the 7.2 miles go fairly nicely.

I will have to get some iced tea for later in this work day, these miles may hit me later on.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Running: Beautiful Day in the Valley

Today's 19 mile trail run made up for the rain soaked night time run of Tuesday night.

Overlook at the Ledges

I had a meeting in Medina in the morning. I originally was going to run in Hinckley, but when I looked at the map, and saw the Cuyahoga Valley National Park was just as convenient to drive to, and I knew the trails a bit better there.

I ran solo because I wasn't sure how long my meeting would last. I was done with the meeting before noon.  I realized I should get some food in my stomach before the run.  My first original thoughts of McDonald's fries, then Baskin Robbins ice cream, got turned into a Dunkin Donut coffee and chocolate chip muffin.  FAR enough calories to fuel me for an hour (or two) on the trails.

I had just been on most of these trails on Sunday with Dan and Todd, so that was helpful in estimating mileage, on where to run.  I did carry my map, which allowed me to find the bridle trail over to the Wetmore Trail for that 4 mile loop.

I only get on these trails in CVNP once or twice a year, during various runs and races, so most of them were vaguely familiar to me.  This was a good orienteering run because I do have "Run with Regis" Event coming up in January.

A nice 19 mile run that did much to cheer me up after that debacle of a run the other night.
No wonder the old school vampires were always so glum.  It must suck to just come out at night and miss all that nice happy sunshine!

"And, now!!"

Reverb Day SIx: Fellowship

Fellowship: What community has engaged you most this year and what did you get out of participation?

No brainer here, this is primarily a running blog, so it is course my trail running community.

I specfiy "trail running" versus just running community because there is a difference between the two-ie, road runners vs trail runners.  Which is worth a future blog post in itself!

What did I get out of participation?

Support-people waiting around makeshift aid station tables in a crushing wind, around a campfire at Reverse Ring

Friendship-Slim accompanying me during some scary breathing episodes in both February and July of this year

Smiles-seeing people smile when they have come into aid stations that I have worked in both Ohio and PA

Pride-sharing trail with Mark Carroll as he completed his tenth Mohican 100 finish;  being at the finish line and being so happy and proud to see Roy, Jim, Cam, Bill, Kerry, Doug, Deb, all finish Hardrock and kiss the rock for their finish

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Reverb Day 5: Health

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?

Health: I treat my body pretty well.  I eat rather well, I exercise on a *fairly consistent basis*  (I'm being facetious here).  I have awesome test results:  low HR, excellent BP, low cholesterol, low triglycerides.

But I had a very big good health scare in August.

I detected a lump in my breast.

There is nothing like that sinking feeling in the world.

After ONE MONTH, of mammograms and ultra sounds and faulty communication,  I was finally cleared to be okay. Or, in the words the radiologist: "it's probably benign"

Do you want to hear THAT word, "probably???"

Two things.

Check your breasts. Did I do that, every month, regularly, like I was supposed to?

NOPE.  Ask any female in the US.  She'll say the same thing.  After you feel a lump in your breast?


Actually, I had two cysts in my breast.  The large one, the one I detected?  Probably just due to trauma-like falling, hitting a tree, random stuff that could have happened to me during my trip out West to Hardrock.  This was the one the surgeon excised and deemed 'everything' was okay.  I personally didn't even feel the second lump.  That was the one was doctor felt after I made the doctor appointment for the "big lump" I had felt.  

Second thing:  Insist on exams. Doctor's exams.  Mammograms.  Ultrasounds.  These should not be put off. This is more to help your peace of mind that any thing else. Many lumps (most lumps) fall into the benign (not cancer) category.  But until you know, you won't have peace. OR at least I didn't have peace.

What I will do in 2013?

Monitor my breasts.  Make a mental note to talk to my doctor about the moles on my face, to get a dermatologist referral-I have a few moles that seem to have grown over time.

Continue eating well. Fuel myself with real food not processed chemicals.

Continue to work out. Natch!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

A Running Post!

This is mainly a running blog,after all.

And I have been running! I ran 184 miles last month, a record for me.

Today's run was 7 miles. I got out of work a bit early.

I missed my exit on the highway for the bike trail I was going to run due to daydreaming.

So I got off at the next exit, headed for SF State Park.  I decided to run on the roads, even though it was the road down to the lake and back up.

Once parked and changed clothes, I decided to run on some different roads-I ran up to a picnic area,then I ran down the road to the primitive campground.  There was already a big "road closed" sign on the road at the primitive campground, so I now know this will be a good place to run.

The rain started within a half mile. I had no cap on, no visor on. So the rain just came down.

Did I mention it was dark?  I have this light on my head. So my world is reduced to a three foot circle. I can barely see, because of the downpour.

I keep on.  I'm soaked.  Through.  Top and tights.  Shoes.  I keep trying to see the humor in this. It's just so silly, so dumb,so epic, to be out in this...right?

I'm not feeling the love. It's not feeling particularly epic.  It's just wet, slow, slogging.

I glance at my Garmin.  Okay, I will go to mile 4.5 and turn around.

The rain turns it up a notch and the downpour gets harder.

SCREW IT.  I'm done. I turn around.  Now I am just interested in getting back to my vehicle and getting this soaked tech shirt off me.  I finally get to my vehicle, and get my wet shirt off and a dry shirt on.

I don't even have the usual "good feeling" endorphins after this run.  All I want now is to get home and get a warm bubble bath and a glass of wine.

I am mildly amused while driving home  how hard it is raining. 

Reverb Day 4: Time

4. Time: Time is a valuable resource. Did you spend 2012 wisely? What can you do to maximize your time during 2013?

Of course I did not spend 2012 wisely. I frittered away too much time on Facebook and Twitter.  I procrastinated before my runs, dawdling on the computer, then rushing to get out the door when I needed to.

I may be better organized, time-wise, than some folks.  I always pack my lunch. Sometimes that is together the night before, but many times I am doing it right before work.

You know, you can toss together a kick ass salad in fifteen minutes. Knowing what you've got to eat in the frig is the first step.

I'm horrible at knowing what is in the frig.  So now we have two whiteboards:

80 refers tot he 80 lbs of venison off the 8 point buck last week

The main foodstuffs on the left, the right usually contains my snacky food.. sometimes I write my lunch on the board so I remember to take everything that is pre-packaged up.

 If you are going to work out after work, you've got to have your stuff with you.  This means all your clothing, your shoes, your gear.  I leave for work with a duffel bag and my lunch bag, purse, usually a bottle of water and a green smoothie, it looks like I am off to the airport for some long trip.

I have been training very consistently this month of November, and I plan and expect this to carry through the spring, when my spring goal race is.  So time management is of the utmost importance.  A few things:

I need to get my training in.

I also need to spend quality time with my husband and dogs.  They can't be neglected down this path.

My husband mentioned how well I was doing with the training and how proud he was of me.  That made me feel good.  So I do try and hang out at home as much as possible.

BUT I have found I also need my peeps, my running community. I spent alot of September and October close to home, running.  Which was fine, but after so many WEEKS of running all by myself, I needed to get around people.

 Last weekend and this weekend, I ran with friends.  That made the time and miles go by so much easier.

So, it needs to be a balance of all of the above.  Back to prior planning.  I know my running schedule ahead of time, also my work schedule. So the odd kicker is the social life.

This is where Facebook actually comes in handy.  It's made it very easy to connect with other runner friends on a daily basis, and to meet up.  (So all that Facebook time is not wasted!! :) )

Monday, December 3, 2012

Reverb12: Day Three

3. What Matters Now: Think about the here and now. What matters most to you right now? How are you going to nurture what matters in during 2013?

The first priority that comes to mind is my health.  I had a rather important health scare in August, and when that happens to you-the bottom just falls out.  Nothing else seems (or is) important.

I ran with my friend Ron today, and we touched on this very subject.  He told me a little story, about some very wealthy men that lived in the same town as him. They always had the nicest, most luxurious automobiles around town.  He saw them, somewhere local, like a grocery store.  They knew Ron as the man "who ran."  Well, these nice automobiles now powered these wealthy men-to their appointments at the hospital.  They regretted not paying attention to their health while younger. And while they had the money and the nice toys, they weren't healthy enough to enjoin them.

So how can I nurture that in 2013?  Well, just keep on keeping on...