A New Mantra

This morning I was up early, but not to run. I had my “should be” annual physical at 8:00. My doctor is wonderful – he is a cyclist first, then runner and triathlete. Translation – he gets me. He took a brief look at my ankle, he said it looks good. I told him I have been running on it and described my brace, he said good. Yeah! I got “good”. Of course it was followed with “just be careful and don’t re-injure it.” Okay… But I still got a good! My blood pressure was 96 over 50, even better than when I had the biometric screening. He actually took it with a stethoscope compared to the blood pressure machine the screening used. I think the good old stethoscope works best. I also had three vials of blood drawn to test all of the factors. Which is much more than the pin prick I had at the screening. I am interested to see how the results compare. He left me with two pieces of advice. First – he recommended a very cool app for my iPhone called Cyclemeter that is a bike computer, running computer and maybe even can change a tire for me. Second – this was the killer, at “my age” I should make sure to have my physical annually and not every 2 and a half years like this one. My age? Ugh. I actually told him I can’t believe it because I feel like I am in my 20’s. His reply, and he is older than me, was “ya, I don’t have a cure for that yet.” Such a great guy, going annually won’t be a problem at all.

This afternoon I did get my run in. Even though it was a beautiful afternoon, I ran on my treadmill. I guess I could say I was following doctor’s orders and being careful. I am running outside for my long runs and if I run outside during the week it will be on the towpath. Nice and flat and a good drive away. My run today was 5 miles and I was able to keep a relatively steady pace for my “easy run”. The last mile and a half was a bit challenging. I channeled my “Believe” mantra and also created a new one. It isn’t as positive and uplifting…  Adrienne, if you pick it up I will be shocked, but here it is: “Don’t be a sissy.” I am sure every runner reading this has had a moment where they just want to slow down, stop, walk, hang on to the treadmill rail, basically do anything to find an “out”. That is being a sissy. I am not a sissy. And I made it through. Sometimes it takes a positive thought, sometimes a tease. Either way it is determination. And that I have plenty of.

Published by elisariva

I want to encourage everyone to follow your passions, not just what is easy. It is in overcoming hurdles and barriers that we truly test our limits and abilities. There is much more we are capable of if we only believe in ourselves.

4 thoughts on “A New Mantra

    1. Thank you! And you are a wonderful age too. I used to think “old” was older than my father. He is now 91, so old is older than me and my friends now. 🙂

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