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Thursday, October 06, 2016

October & November Athlete of the Month

I guess fall is in the air...

Well the weather is not exactly reflecting fall weather but I am NOT complaining about the extra and abundant sunshine with the more than comfortable temperatures...

Very hard to stay indoors with this sort of weather... Shhhhh...Don't tell my boss but I am taking some extra walks at work just trying to soak it a little more.

But with the arrival of October the final preparations are being done by the runners on TEAM STOPTHECLOT who will be tackling the 2016 NEW YORK CITY Marathon.  

Back in August we were introduced to Angela ( as one of the members of the 2016 team and during this post I wanted to introduce to you the rest of the team who are all a tremendous inspiration because of their diverse backgrounds, desire to overcome blood clots, and continue living!

Please read on and if you have it in you consider helping out their fundraising which is helping our message of STOP THE CLOT!!!

I will be running my seventh marathon in November, the New York City Marathon! I am honored to be running for a charity near and dear to my heart and lungs...The National Blood Clot Alliance.  
As you may know, I survived a pulmonary embolism (PE), blood clots in both lungs, in October 2012 while traveling on business in Switzerland. 
I want to bring awareness to this life threatening condition as I was so surprised that as an active person in my fourth season of triathlons at the time, that this could happen to me. I had signs over several months that I ignored including a pain in my calf. I would put a heating pad on it every day after work and thought all of my training was given me these leg pains. I had just completed an 8 day, 525 mile bike ride two weeks prior to my PE so thought new cramps in my legs were from the ride. But the long flight to Switzerland likely contributed to pushing blood clots in my legs to my lungs. Luckily, my mom who was traveling with me, called a doctor to the hotel when I was completely out of breath and my heart was pounding so hard. I went to the ER and was diagnosed with PE and spent a week in the hospital in Switzerland, far away from home.
The cause was likely birth control pills. Please consider the side effects of any medicine you may take and weigh the pros and cons. 
I am running for this charity to bring more awareness and education about blood clots that can strike anyone and is frequently fatal.

I ran my first 5k in August, 2010.  Afterward, my husband Bob and our friends and family were all celebrating together in the local pub at the finish line.  It was a great day.  What we didn't know was Bob had a major blood clot (DVT) in his leg while we were celebrating.  We just thought he had an achy leg.  Six months later Bob suffered a second DVT and ensuing PE.  That’s when we learned that he suffers from Factor V Leiden clotting disorder. As a result we wanted to learn as much as possible about blood clots and his disorder.  We were referred to the National Blood Clot Alliance and Team Stop the Clot by Hackensack University Medical Center.  NBCA has been very helpful and we have been impressed with the Team Stop the Clot efforts to support all those with these illnesses.  
I will be running the NYC Marathon on November 6th.  This will be my first marathon and probably my last - and by finishing it I will achieve a major life 'Bucket List' goal.  I'm beginning my adventure today, some 200 days from race day.  As I go on this adventure of highs, lows and long runs, along with my fellow Team Stop the Clot members, I'm asking you to make a donation to the National Blood Clot Alliance so they can further their work in raising awareness of blod clots and clotting disorders.  I would like to take advantage of this opportunity to fundraise on behalf of Team Stop the Clot as a way to give back to the organization that has provided us with great support.





Here is wishing our runners THE BEST OF LUCK in their upcoming adventure through New York City.  Without a question it will be an experience they will never forget.  

The TEAM STOP THE CLOT polka-dots will be well represented!

Thank you for reading,

The Clot Buster

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My 60th Triathlon Finish !!!

My 60th Triathlon Finish !!!
First Time ever My Son got to cross the finish line with me. Without a doubt a Wonderful Experience