Reverb 12 | Prompt 4 | Place

#reverb12 is a prompt-a-day series for the month of December that is meant to give us all the chance to reflect on 2012 and the opportunity to write down our hopes and dreams for the coming year. Through December 31st Meredith, Sarah and I will be posting each day with a new prompt. Join us by writing, or join us by reading.  No matter what you choose, come with us.

Place: What places anchored you this year?  Or were you in search of new places and spaces to call your own and call home?  Describe the place you love and why it means so much to you.

Today, I finally arrived at Mile 1,000 for the year.  It is not a destination, so much as it is a part of the journey.


My feet are my anchor.

I slip the house key onto the lace, lock the door, start my watch.

I shut the door on the cottage and head towards Yountville, the vineyards on my left, the eucalyptus trees on my right.

I tuck the hotel key into my sports bra, and set-off down Rue Sherbrooke winding my way down uneven sidewalks.

I turn left twice, cross the bridge over the Milwaukee River, and start to work my way closer to Lake Michigan.

The sun is rising.

My feet are my anchor.

There are no distractions.  No expectations.

No interlopers.  No noise.  No things.

My feet are my anchor.

There are so many spaces we share.  Yours.  Mine.  Ours.

But where the pavement transitions from solid asphalt to an unending black springboard is where my home is.

Whether I am on the 45th parallel or far, far away, where my feet carry me forward this carefully cultivated space of my own design follows.

My feet are my anchor.


6 responses to “Reverb 12 | Prompt 4 | Place

  1. Aaaaaaaamen.

    I think every runner, regardless of what goes on in “real life,” finds their place on their local sidewalk, a favorite trail, a 5K course, a marathon finish line. Home is where the running shoes go.

  2. This was a gorgeous piece of writing – not only for the sentiment, but the way in which you created a journey by piecing together scenes. Very literary of you, ma Dear. And you know how much I love good literature.

  3. Beautifully written, Kat.

  4. It’s beautiful Kat. Thank you. My family is my anchor. They help me to keep my head on straight. Having children teaches me to try and keep steady, consistent. The gospel is of course, also an anchor for me. Love you so much, you sweet girl.

    Shauna xoxoxoxoxo

  5. This was just wanted I needed to read today, Kat. And a Koombayah was had by all. #runningpackinthesky

  6. Pingback: Reverb 12 | Prompt 5 | Home | Kate Runs This

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