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Celebrating the Last Day of Winter! Hike Report Senecaville Buckeye Trail

The Last Day of Winter The hike was organized as a point to point hike with a few vehicles staged for shuttling back. This location is in the Belle Valley Section of the Buckeye Trail, Points 16 thru 18 on the map.

BT HIkers on the Last Day of Winter

It was an awesome hike on the Buckeye Trail in the Belle Valley Section, by the Senecaville Dam. It was a 4.54 mile hike, mostly “off road” which means “on trail!”

Off road on the Buckeye Trail

Nice Day on the Buckeye Trail

Winter is still holding on with the lack of greenery, but the temperature was nice in the forties, good for hiking weather.Nature Day on the Buckeye TrailBlow down on the Buckeye TrailParts of this section need a little bit of work, as evidenced by this blow down about one mile into the section.Another uphill on the Buckeye TrailThere are some good hills on this section.
Fire Tower on the Buckeye TrailYou know if you are by a fire tower you’re on the highest point in the area at 1198 feet.

It would be hard to beat this view from this location.

Last hill on the Buckeye Trail

The last hill-really! The five kids on the hike were troopers.

A nice view from the last hill top.
End of Trail Buckeye Trail

Trail end here! We had shuttled vehicles so we could all thru hike the section.End of Trail Selfie

Did you get out for a hike or run on this last day of winter?

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Word A Day Challenge

I Survived My Journal a Word a Day Challenge!

Word A Day Challenge

After achieving my first #30 Days of Lists, I thought I would continue on with the art journalling as a new hobby. My idea for October was to randomly select a “word” for the day, and then journal around that.

Borders Word a Day Challenge

The only two days I made exception for was October 16-the hubs birthday, and the word was Ottobre-which is our last name, which means “October” in Italian, and October 31, which the word is of course, “Halloween”.

Word A Day Challenge

Overall, I enjoyed my thirty day challenge. I only got behind late in the month, where running/training took over more of the day than journalling.

Word A Day Challenge

How did I pick a word? I would reach behind me, on the bookshelf, select a book, and hit a word with a marker.

I did one pronoun, then chose only nouns. Adjectives, pronouns  were too hard.

Word A Day Challenge

The one fail? “Squalid”. Wasn’t up to journal that one.

Word A Day Challenge squalid

I generally used dictionary.com to look up the definition of the word.  Then I would consult Pinterest. This led me down several paths with some words that I didn’t really know about before.

Like “The map is not the territory”.

Word A Day Challenge

Map is Not the Territory Word a Day Challenge

Some words led immediately to association. Thing-I thought of Thing 1 and Thing 2, from Dr Seuss.  Then, of course “Thing” from the Adams Family and the vehicle!

Word A Day ChallengeHere are several examples of my work from the month!

Word A Day Challenge

Word A Day Challenge

Document Word a Day Challenge

Ever made a smash book? It’s my favorite form of scrapbooking/journalling!

National Pack Your Lunch Day

Friday is National Pack Your Lunch Day!

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Do you pack? If not, why not?

Money

If you spend five dollars a day eating your lunch out 5 x 5=25 x 50 weeks= 1250 dollars.  Yowza! That’s some money you could be spending on a new pair of running shoes, or several white water rafting trip fees!

Quality Control

If you pack it, you are in control of what you are eating, not what is available in the cafeteria or the choices that you are offered in that weird restaurant  that your coworker dragged you to.

Planning

What to eat? How to plan? Fear not, there’s many resources out there! Do you want to plan for a week-or simply make the next day or two lunches ahead of time?

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A website I like to read is Organize Yourself Skinny. Tammy has lot of great articles on meal planning and dinner/lunch ideas.

Do you lean more toward Instagram? My favorite Insta about meal planning is Kevin from Fit Men Cook (and website here). He posts awesome videos about meal plans!

I am going to try the super popular (at least on Pinterest) Mason Jar Salad this week. I made these on Tuesday. I did not add the protein, because I think it should have gone below the green lettuce level.

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Do you pack your lunch? Any good off the beaten kitchen path ideas for lunches?

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.

Running

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

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.

Spelunking

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?

Spelunking

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!

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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.

Why?

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!

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