December 2015 #RunChatHunt

You know what #RunChatHunt does?

It gets under your skin and into your head … permanently … that’s what!

Even though this item was several RunChatHunts ago, I don’t ever pass the pay phone at Tom Brown Park without thinking of RunChatHunt. The same is true for road kill, but I don’t think I am ever supposed to talk about road kill again or I may get kicked out of future hunts!

This year’s list was fun! The most challenging item (to me) was the leftover Halloween decorations.

Running Scavenger Hunt

The goal is to find the items listed then Tweet them with the #RunChatHunt tag. Each tweet (that complies with the rules of course!) qualifies the participant for a prize. The prize list  this year is one of the most prolific I have ever seen! Visit the link and check them out!

Here are my finds:

Running Scavenger Hunt

The hunt lasts through January 1, 2016, so there’s still time if you want to participate!

In addition, there’s a separate yet equally awesome (and someone easier to pull off) hunt underway on Facebook.  Click here to join.

While it is totally fun hunting for the various scavenger hunt items, I have to say the thing about running that has sustained my year the most has been my running friends. In our town, with these people, you don’t have to “hunt” too far to find the very best. And the prize is in the time, the sweat, and the shared miles.

Enjoying cupcakes after a Christmas Lights Run!

Enjoying cupcakes after a Christmas Lights Run!

#RunChatHunt – I Need A Gnome!

Besides the great prizes*, why should you do a running scavenger hunt? The RunChat scavenger hunt, sponsored by Energy Bits, is a prompt to look a little differently (and more thoroughly) at the world around us as we run. That was certainly the case for me with the original hunt as well as the 2013 Holiday Hunt.

Here’s the list for this hunt (ends July 5, 2014). You earn one entry an image from each of the ten categories (must be tweeted with the hashtag #runchathunt):

Trail path (or evidence of running on a trail). Here’s mine:

The Plantation at St. George Island

The Plantation at St. George Island

Funny road/store/church sign. Mine isn’t that funny, I know, but it puts my mind on “beach mode” which makes me happy so we’ll go with it!

Parrotdise? Yeah, I'll run for that!

Parrotdise? Yeah, I’ll run for that!

Dog (yours or someone else running with one). I encountered this guy when the hunt had first started:

Canine Company on an early run...

Canine Company on an early run…

Someone fishing. This is actually not the one I originally submitted to RunChat but I love this pic of my brother-in-law fishing so here it is!

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St. George Island, June 2014

Sunrise or sunset. Here’s mine!

Sunrises make these morning runs worth the effort.

Sunrises make these morning runs worth the effort.

Farm equipment. I’m sure a lot of people found farm equipment, but I wonder if anyone else got a farm equipment mailbox. Thank you, North Florida!

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Road kill.

I think I may be on the RunChat “exclude” list after lobbying so hard for this one. But honestly, aren’t we runners candid with each other about every part of running, from bloody nipples to other issues that would normally be private? Thanks RunChat (and voters!) for including this. I’m done.

(In case you’re squeamish, I am not showing the image directly. If you have a tough constitution, here’s the link to the image.)

A great local dive bar. Another souvenir of our week at St. George Island:

A perfect place to hydrate after a run!

A perfect place to hydrate after a run!

Pay phone. Definitely the next-to-hardest thing to find! I finally located one:




Ah, the elusive gnome. I have a friend who owns a gnome so I may have to schedule a run on her side of town but I keep hoping to find one by chance. If you’re in Tallahassee and have any suggestions, send ’em my way!

I probably won’t be lucky enough to find one this entertaining but check it out:



You can also get an entry by submitting a Vine or Instagram video incorporating two of the #RunChatHunt items. I shot one yesterday but I’m not happy with it so tick tock I have to get on it!

Lastly, you can get an entry for a blog post (like this!).

The contest lasts through 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on July 5, 2014. That’s plenty of time to hunt down a pay phone, take in a sunrise, or track down some farm equipment. Might as well … you’ll be running anyhow, right?

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*Prizes include an Energy Bits prize pack, Altra shoes, Hylands Leg Cramps Products, a HeadSweats gift card, a 4-pack of KT Tape, a pair of socks or sleeves from Pro Compression, and a Road ID gift card.


My Running “Year In Review”

I am combining two topics into one post tonight; both are about running.

First, I want to make sure you know that there is still plenty of time left in the RunChat “Holiday to Holiday” scavenger hunt (it ends 12/26). I will be sharing collages of my “finds” at the end of this post!

Secondly, I loved the way Amanda / Miss Zippy’s Six Questions helped me assess my running year so I decided to join with my answers to the six inquiries:

1. What was your best race experience? Ever since I started training with PRS Fit back in April 2012, I don’t race as much as I did prior to entering into a coaching relationship. In short, the goal is “more training/less racing.” That makes the races I have done all the more special. I would have to give the nod for “best race experience” to the “Gate to Gate” at Eglin Air Force Base on Memorial Day. There are a combination of reasons: the great camaraderie with my fellow Gulf Winds Track Club team members, the gravity of running past the memorial to the fallen and dropping a flower, the fact that I got my act together enough to drive over the night before and enjoy a decent meal and a good night’s sleep …… it was a good day, for running and for life.

2. What was your best run? As much as I love to hate them, I would have to put my interval workouts into the “best run” category. They are so hard, but they are the times that I get closest to the speed I need to be able to maintain to meet my goal of a sub 30:00 5K.

3. What was your best new piece of gear? It’s not “gear” exactly but I ended up getting a skirt for a costume I needed for a recent run. I had always thought I would hate skirts because I feel big enough in shorts but I actually liked it! Go figure.

4. What was the best piece of running advice you received? All of the legitimate advice I have received about form would go into this category. Fast light feet, lean slightly forward from the ankles, pay attention to how your arms are moving. I am sure “nutrition” would take second place to that; I know I have a lot of work to do to improve my nutrition and fuel my body better in order to run more effectively.

5. Who was your most inspirational runner? Dustin Rhodes, who passed away 7/31/13, is my most inspirational runner. Hardly a run goes by that I don’t think about him and the mental picture of how he carried himself while running — upright, powerful, yet relaxed.

6. If you could sum up your year in a couple of words, what would they be? Fortunate, evasive, enthralling, centering

Okay, back to the Runchat hunt. It’s fun, and there are prizes! More details here:


I am happy to report that I am *done* with my RunChatHunt! Found the snowman, the cows in the field, the “runner I didn’t know.” Here’s the proof:

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And for the “grand finale” (yes there is a Santa under all that unruly beardage!!):