I ran and DNF’d my swan song race, the TUM 62K. Being 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.
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. It’s time for me to EMBRACE the new Me. As Popeye says “I am what I am”.
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
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.