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Tirelesstraveler Is In Shock!

Updated on August 31, 2015

Why Do People Run On Cold December Days?

Last year when Tireless and her husband  ran the Jingle Bell run for arthritis it was freezing 32 degrees when they started down this lovely section of the Pacific Coast.
Last year when Tireless and her husband ran the Jingle Bell run for arthritis it was freezing 32 degrees when they started down this lovely section of the Pacific Coast. | Source

Tirelesstraveler's running group just finished running 4 miles. It was cold and dark. Forty-one degrees when they got back and the temperature was dropping. They all knew it was cold, but athletes are a competitive bunch, they are preparing for a marathon in March. TT is running, on team Specht, in The Arthritis Foundation's Jingle Bell run in Pacific Grove, California, on December 14. Running in the cold is good training for a cold run. Duh! Last year it was around freezing at the start of the Jingle Bell walk/run. It was such a festive atmosphere nobody noticed the cold. No, that's not true. It was stinking cold and the amazing beauty of the Pacific Ocean got everyone through the time leading up to the start. Mr. B was the only one sensibly dressed and even he was chilly until we stated taking off our warm up gear and piling it on him.

Runners are a sturdy lot, they need a hat, gloves, tights, a couple of layers and they are good to go. Warm-up slowly and they will be fine.

The main discussions this evening ranged from topics such as, where are the Christmas lights? How are Richard and Oscar going to stay warm sailing, on Saturday and what are we going to eat when we get back? Talking about the difficulties of staying warm while, wearing running clothes is like talking about food when you are hungry. If you are cold you talking about staying warm. At one point Tireless actually considered taking a layer off. Thought better of it; the temperature was still dropping. Surely just thinking about taking a jacket off can't send a body into shock

There were not too many Christmas lights, which was disappointing. The purpose of running through neighborhoods instead of the track was to look at the lights. Good conversation, excellent exercise made up for the disappointment. The shock hit Tirelesstraveler later; which was very strange

Treatment For Shock

Tireless appeared to be perfectly fine when she sat down at the computer after the run. She had consumed plenty of warm liquids. We thought she was toasty, wrapped in warm clothing when suddenly she went pale and began to sweat profusely. She had all the symptoms of shock.

What was the cause of this shock. There was no physical trauma, This was a shock to the writers core. Her fingers which normally run wild over the key board were frozen.

I had to read her computer screen to figure out what caused the shock.

How Do You Spell...

The Only Thing I Can Find

The only thing I can find that could have caused Tireless to go into shock is, notification of a new accolade. She answered 300 questions on Hub Pages.

That sounds like a lot of questions. I have known Tireless since she was a girl and this is absolutely out of character. This gal neither asked nor answered that many questions in public during the 16 years she was in school.

I pondered how long it took her to answer 300 questions. Wandering around her account I noticed she has been at Hub Pages for 33 months. I estimate about 9 answers a month. There that puts it into perspective. Well maybe not. Why did she answer those questions? What changed from the days she was in school until now?

Let me think.

Could it have been the wild frenzy to prove to her husband and children that time writing wasn't pointless. That writing could one day lead to some sort of income, Perhaps she began answering questions for writing practice? Was it because she liked meeting other writers? My understanding is networking and helping other writers get the word out is what Hub Pages is all about.

Perhaps some of those authors would follow her. I would think having nice people encouraging you would cause you to exceed to new heights. She is always talking about the interesting, helpful people she meets on HubPages. Knowing someone is reading your writing spurs you to write more. All writers need an audience and Tireless really likes hearing from her people.

Tireless has limitless information stored in her brain. Perhaps answering questions allowed her to share that information. A fixer by personality, sharing would be something Tireless would do to help others. She is always trying to give others tools for fixing their dilemmas.

What on earth did Tireless have to do to answer 300 questions?

I have watched as she spent hours at the computer. It seems she just started, then kept on answering. Slow and steady does it. Each day when Tireless begins her day she checks her Hub Pages notifications. I have heard her mutter as she reads about who has written what. Then she checks the comments, and answer any questions she has answers for. Satisfying some desire to fix people can't be the only reason she answers questions,but what could it be.

I did overhear Tireless and Truly Beloved talking about the the difference between the Scientific Method and the Engineering method. Truly went into detail about the engineering method. He has been an engineer a long time. Tireless went into detail about the scientific method, long ago she did study science extensively. They decided the question was very important in both methodologies.

The Question is the basis for the scientific method. The Answer is the main reason for the engineering method. Or is it the other way around, I get so confused listening to them some times. Now if you wanted to talk about language translation and cultural anthropology that would be more my expertise.

I think Tireless would say,"If you have a question, chances are, someone else is probably looking for the answer too. Tireless loves to travel almost as much as I do and answering questions helps her lead others to new and exciting places. Answering questions requires thought and that is something tireless is always trying to provoke in me..

Could it be answering questions honestly gives questioners new insight? Tireless is always looking for new and thought provoking information. Sometimes her new ideas drive me crazy. Yes, that must be it. Being active in questions must have led Tirelesstraveler to authors who enrich her life. That is certainly a Tireless idea.


Thought Provoking Questions, Even Some Good Questions

Could it be that answering questions is a hold over from her teaching days. I remember being in her classroom and seeing the question of the day written on the chalkboard.

"Why did you have a question of the day", I asked her once? It is an excellent writing activity. The kids come into class, read the question then write an answer in their writing book. At the end of the year they have written more than it you ask them to write a paper. This was a serious exercise, she checked for grammar and spelling, but didn't let them write a second more than five minutes. It was a clever game to promote quick thinking and writing without pain. Yes, that must be why she answers questions to get faster at thinking and writing.

Tireless is coming around. Her coloring is returning to normal . Just took her temperature and she has warmed up. "Can you talk"? She shook her head, "Yes".

"Would you like to say something to your friends?"

She says," Love you all".

Excuse me while I tuck her into bed. She will be in much better form in the morning.

Judy

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      Judy Specht 2 years ago from California

      Patricia, thanks for stopping:)

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      Good for you...glad your 'shock' was of the HubPages kind!!! That is a LOT of questions and I am sure the answers were goodies.

      Sorry the lights were not in abundance for the run....

      Angels are on the way to you this evening ps

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      Dale Anderson 2 years ago from The High Seas

      Mooring ball at the end of shelter island, just left of the boat ramp. I used to live on this boat in SF (still without heat) so i cant really complain about the cold down here lol

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      Judy Specht 2 years ago from California

      GetitScene,

      Thanks for stopping. Everyone thinks of California as always warm and sunny. Not.

      I would be in bed early on a night like this without a heater.

      My niece just headed back to San Diego this morning. She always feels cold up here in the San Francisco Bay Area.

      Are you anchored near Shelter Island or someplace else?

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      Dale Anderson 2 years ago from The High Seas

      lol this made me laugh which is sorely needed today because its overcast and getting chilly here in the normally sunny San Diego. Going to be the coldest night of the year they are saying. Sometimes I kind of wish I had a heater on my boat =(

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      Judy Specht 3 years ago from California

      I just thought," Today I am missing the Jingle Bell Run in Pacific Grove". I am so far behind I am not even sad to have missed it. Should I feel guilty? Well my mind says firmly, "No". I would rather be in my warm house making long over due Christmas Stockings for the family: Merry Christmas to you as well. Please have a good laugh over the silly Californians who have endured storm-a-gedon the last could of days. We are almost dried out:)

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Good to revisit yours too; this was a smile all the way through it one. It also brings to mind what I just told Faith Reaper on my newest hub. The mind is a terrible thing. lol

      Great weekend and Merry Christmas!

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      Judy Specht 3 years ago from California

      suzettenaples, Tireless did indeed recover its never too late to answer questions. Thank you for visiting.

      Judy

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Hilarious! I so enjoyed reading this and I assume tireless has recovered from shock. She is better than I - I have not answered 300 questions - not even close. I love how this was written. What an imagination you have - so clever.

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      Joanna Chandler 3 years ago from On planet Earth

      LOL @ Jackie's comment i guess i better do the same also. Thanks for taking time to share this hub with us :) hope you have a wonderful week.

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      Judy Specht 3 years ago from California

      oceansnsunsets- Grand to see you tonight. I take ideas anywhere I can find them. Most of them come completely out of left field.

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      Paula 3 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Tireless, I think it is neat that you did that in your class and almost ended up with a full length novel! Now that you mention that, I can believe it. We all ought to write more, what is there to lose?

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      I loved on 19th for a while--small world!

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      Judy Specht 3 years ago from California

      Nope not from PG. Have a friend who spent all his summers there and owns a house on 19th Street. We are down there with him frequently.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Are you from PG? I grew up there and still head down as often as I can!

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      Judy Specht 3 years ago from California

      Shyron E. - we will bring those guys around. Thanks so much for sharing and voting.

      oceansunset- Firmly believe that writing takes practice for most people. A little everyday is good. Had a class in college where we go a short writing assignment each class, by the end of the semester we had almost a full length novel. It took some by surprise.

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      Judy Specht 3 years ago from California

      I haven't been able to run since Christmas. Do a run for me. Answering questions is always a good idea :)

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 3 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Delightful and motivating - I now want to go on a run. Or should I answer some questions? Congratulations!

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      WOW!

      Your hubby sounds like my HoneyBunny.

      When he sees me lost in thought

      He asks, "are you thinking about your next Poem?"

      You have expressed exactly how I have felt at times.

      Voted up, UABI and shared.

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      Paula 3 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      This was a fun read! I have to say, I thought I was reading about true shock at one point, and thought it might be my own tiredness, but who knows! I am so glad you are much better now, and congratulations on hitting the 300 mark on questions. Wow, that is very cool!

      I liked the idea of a question of the day, and writing answers for five minutes. What an excellent exercise for kids, and I agree it is so very clever!. Thanks for sharing, so fun. Take care!

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      Judy Specht 3 years ago from California

      DDE, I agree with you. A brisk walk on a cool day is a great way to start the day.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I enjoy walking on cooler days it makes me feel more energetic.

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      Judy Specht 3 years ago from California

      pstrubie48, A young friend of tireless and mine was diagnosed with arthritis about 9 months ago. The doctor recommended exercise. She can ride her bike to work and the pain is greatly relieved. Glad to know you are walking. I am a great supporter of walking it is a great way to wake up in the morning.

      God Bless

      Judy

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      Judy Specht 3 years ago from California

      Sherry Hewins, Oh dear, no reason for concern, shock is nothing that happens to tireless often, she is too much into self-preservation. Judy

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Good for you TT...running in the cold I used to do...now I walk in the cold and walk in the heat ...and truthfully plan to do a lot more of it this year. My arthritis has gotten better with more walking!!!

      Thanks for this sharing....it was interesting from beginning to end....Congrats on your new accolade!!!

      Angels are on the way ps

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      Judy Specht 3 years ago from California

      Sorry. I am getting a lot of that today. Thanks.

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      Sherry Hewins 3 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      You scared me for a second. Congrats on the new accolade.

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      Judy Specht 3 years ago from California

      torrilynn, You are welcome. I have laughed almost nonstop at the comments.

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      torrilynn 3 years ago

      Funny indeed. Thanks for the laugh. voted up and funny.

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      We are indeed thawed and ready to run tomorrow morning at 8 am. Thanks for visiting. Judy

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      Linda Rogers 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Your so creative TT-Wow, you have answered a lot of questions. That is one area of hub world I have not been very active on. Way to go on that chilly run. Hope your all thawed out by now.

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      Jo, Thanks so much, you are so tweet :)

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 4 years ago

      Yea! :-) So happy for you about accomplishing a run, wow.

      and then the 300 question accolade. go you! :-)

      Up ++++ shared and tweeted. Happy to hear you are over the shock. Take care. :-)

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      MsDora, Thank you for thinking I am mature. LoL

      I was mature at 18 that was a mature as I ever got.

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      Dora Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Congratulations on proving your maturity! Bet you enjoyed answering most, if not all, of those questions. Wishing you more of your favorite accolades.

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      bdegiulio- Go Runners! We are a cool lot.

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      rebeccamealey- LoL, remember it took tireless nearly 33 months to answer that many.

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      Faith Reaper, Thank you so much for visiting. We took H.J. on the Christmas train this evening. Today is his 2nd birthday. He was thrilled. Chew Chew Chew, more Chew Chew! All this to say tireless is exhausted.

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      anndango- Runners are just crazy, but we are a happy lot. Thanks for visiting.

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      anndango 4 years ago

      I'm chuckling at your question at the top 'Why do people run on cold December days?" I went for a run here the other day. It was - 24 Celsius! I think that is -10 or so Fahrenheit. I enjoyed reading this. Lots of fun!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      hahaha ... I am always shocked at such too : ) I hope she gets tons of rest for the next 300 answers!

      Up and more and sharing

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Wow, that is amazing. Maybe you should change your handle to tirelessquestionanswerer!

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi TT. What a great and humorous hub. Keep on running, we are a hardy bunch. Winter is setting in here in western Massachusetts and we won't be running in shorts and t-shirts for many months to come. Congrats on the 300 answers, very impressive.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Please thank Tireless for an entertaining hub and also pass along my congratulations for answering 300 questions - a great accomplishment.

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      breakfastpop 4 years ago

      Manny is pleased....

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      phdast7,Merry Christmas! Thanks for stopping. Writing should always be this fun.

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Very clever and funny. Well done and Merry Christmas. :)

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      Breakfastpop, Manny totally encouraged Judy to write this one. I couldn't have done it without her. :)

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      Tireless is up and running again this morning it is H.J.'s 2nd birthday and we are going to ride on the Chew Chew.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I hope tireless had a good night's rest so she can do this again!!

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      breakfastpop 4 years ago

      Please tell Tireless that she is amazing and I am in awe of her accomplishment. Then bring her a Hot Toddy!

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      Answering 300 questions? Wow! That is impressive. Keep up the good work.

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      Jackie, LoL - I just change the writers name. I figure if Younde actually reads, this and she keeps pretty good tabs on tireless,I would be in trouble.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Wow, lol. Love you too~

      Think I'll go answer some questions. Maybe someone will tuck me in. hahaha