Monthly Archives: March 2017

Take A Break

Take a Break

I have returned from my longest vacation break ever, 18 days off work. Most of that was spent out of the country in New Zealand.  Take a break in New Zealand I’m so glad I was able to take a break.


I ran and DNF’d my swan song race,  the TUM 62K.  Tarawera Falls KimbaBeing under trained and overweight and not being in any sort of a running mindset did not help me power through the race. The knee hurting and leg cramps after about 15K didn’t help either. Perhaps I will write a race report sometime. This break helped me come back as “not a runner”.  It was more of a clean break.

Social Media

I was very happy to be away from the vitriol and negativity spewing from the interwebs. We did not use our phones in NZ (we did have internet access in the evenings) and I really did not miss picking up my phone and looking at it too many times in one day!

Clean Break as new Me= Kimba 2.0

While I was running the TUM several times my thoughts went to “I used to be able to bomb downhills” ” I used to be able to do that”.  That was one of the things I had to put out of my head. I’m no longer that person, no longer that runner. I might WISH to be, but it is not going to happen.  next chapterIt’s time for me to EMBRACE the new Me. As Popeye says “I am what I am”.

New Focus

The Guidebook for biking the Great Allegheny Passage/C&O Canal Trail was waiting for me when I returned home. I immediately picked it up and got intrigued with starting to plan out this new adventure.

New Free Time

Socrates Quote

I’m no longer experiencing “guilt” for not being out there running. I have oodles of time back.  I’m looking forward to more mini adventures-exploring areas around Ohio, hiking, trail time, volunteering, work on my gardens and my home.  I have a small barn that I intend to turn into a writing retreat.New project

Adventures Out of my Comfort Zone

Adventures outside my Comfort Zone

There are adventures out there outside of my comfort zone! I know, I would like to try almost anything. But there are some activities I won’t consider-well maybe I did consider but thought better of it.


Everest fascinates me. I’ve read many books written about ascents and accidents. I even watched the movie (I don’t think it was very factual.) Everest is too cold, too high, and too expensive. Mount Everest Outside the Comfort Zone I’ve been at 14,000 feet, I can’t imagine hanging out at Everest Base Camp at 17,000 feet and then climbing up to the top of the world.


I do have a bit of claustrophobia. I was actually fine when I went in the underground gold mine in Silverton, but it was brightly lit and the environment was controlled. But squeezing through small spaces in the dark?


Photo courtesy of David A. Riggs

 Where you could get stuck? Oh, no thank you.

Shark Cage

Who ever thought it would be a good idea to get in the water with great white sharks? Did nobody see Jaws? Or that You tube clip from when the shark proved greater than the cage?

I would rather go cave spelunking.

Body/Fitness Competitions

This is perhaps more of a challenge than an adventure, but I’m sure it feels like an adventure to the men and women of muscle building/fitness competitions when they are up on stage competing.  

I do not have the mental fortitude to faithfully stick to a regimented diet and work out schedule for months on end to get to their final goal.  My hat is off to them!

What adventure is clearly outside your comfort zone? Hit me up, I might get ideas for further adventures!


March is Blood Clot Awareness Month

March is Blood Clot Awareness Month

march is blood clot awareness month

Blood clots don’t discriminate. They can affect the young, the old, the obese, the athlete, and the couch potato equally.

Athletes-whether hockey players, football players, triathletes, tennis players  cyclists, or runners need to be aware that they are a high risk candidate for a blood clot.


Lower resting heart rate and blood pressure results in blood flowing more slowly though the body

Dehydration-a factor in your blood viscosity. More dehydration leads to thicker blood.

Trauma? Falls, bruises? Did you fall during your run that you forgot about after you crossed the finish line? That cut on your leg has coagulated. A clot is forming on that spot in the cell wall. This is your body functioning normally. This is usually not a problem. It becomes a problem when the clot breaks off. It can travel to other locations in your body, like the lungs. This is called a pulmonary embolism and can be a life threatening emergency.

Risk Factor of Travel

 After the race is over, we get into our car or onto an airplane and travel for hours. We spend hours in a cramped position.

The thickened blood is pooling. The body is dehydrated. The body is forced into the worst position to get the blood pumping throughout the body. These factors can lead to the start of a clot-a thrombosis. The danger occurs when/if the clot breaks off and travels through the body. If it lodges in the lungs, it’s called a pulmonary embolism.  Clots can also travel to your brain or heart.

Signs you should be Aware of, from Stop The Clot:

 Swelling, usually in one leg (or arm)

Leg pain or tenderness often described as a cramp or Charley horse

Reddish or bluish skin discoloration

Leg (or arm) warm to touch

These symptoms of a blood clot may feel similar to a pulled muscle or a “Charlie horse,” but may differ in that the leg (or arm) may be swollen, slightly discolored, and warm.

Contact your doctor as soon as you can if you have these symptoms, because you may need treatment right away.

Pulmonary Embolism Signs and Symptoms

Clots can break off from a DVT and travel to the lung, causing a pulmonary embolism (PE), which can be fatal.  The signs and symptoms of a PE include:

Sudden shortness of breath

Chest pain-sharp, stabbing; may get worse with deep breath

Rapid heart rate

Unexplained cough, sometimes with bloody mucus

Be careful and be aware of these symptoms. Rehydrate after your run/race. Get up and move in the airplane or make more than one rest stop in the car after your ultra. DVT’s can happen to athletes!!

Please feel free to share this post with your running groups and friends, March is Blood Clot Awareness month!