Thursday, March 14, 2013

Aging and Racing

Feeling Young:
The Salida Marathon was Saturday. They have changed the course since the last time I ran it. I like this one!! There wasn't much snow on the ground, but at the higher elevations, there was lots of snow in the air! Beautiful! I finished 2nd in my age group. I was the oldest woman finisher and was beat by someone who was ONLY 51. I figure that if the Republicans have their way and convince the world that life begins at conception, I can move up to the next age group in April.

Feeling Old:
I had to have a root canal a couple of weeks ago.  Not fun, not cheap, but not a huge deal. Sunday, while eating my granola, the tooth broke off. I don't know yet whether it will need to be pulled or if it can be fixed. Makes me feel old. I know our parents tried their best to give us everything they didn't have as kids. My early dental care was minimal though. But then again, my mother had dentures when she was a young adult. I shouldn't complain. Just makes me sad.

Feeling Young/Old:
I received very limited information from the Holter monitor test. The results were "essentially" normal. Now if only the problem were "essentially" gone, I would be happy. At mile 11 of the Salida race, in the midst of heavy snow storm, I experienced an "event." My chest was tight, my vision was impaired (like when you stand up too fast), my legs were weak and I certainly couldn't run. I staggered around for about 15 minutes, watching numerous runners pass me by. I was finally able to run again. However, I was not willing to push myself during the race, for fear that it would happen again. Next steps?

The pup is here. More on that later.......

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