Yes, I still suffer from that thing where when I try to speak French (3 years in high school and I was pretty good,) Spanish tries to come out and I revert gracelessly to English.
But I digress. I meant "I am inspired."
I've taken a notion to walk a half marathon on my 50th birthday (as posted yesterday
)partly as an old-age defiance thing, and partly because the Weight Watcher's annual 5k Walk-It Challenge
isn't all that challenging to me. It's meant to promote increased activity while training for it and I am already fit enough to hop on a treadmill at 3.7 mph until the little LED thing says 3.1 miles. Yeah, not challenging.
Also, I'm nearly done reading Christopher_McDougall
's paean to barefoot running
, Born to Run
, available in paperback
and well summed up by this video
, which I cannot figure out how to embed.
Additional inspiration provided by an unplanned trip to the doctor's yesterday for suspicious tightness of the chest, on of the better known symptoms of undiagnosed female heart attack
as it is usually dismissed in ERs for what I actually had, which is newly discovered acid reflux (to which I will not link because...ew. Look it up yourself if you're curious and have a strong stomach.)
Note: No, I did not dial 911. Anyone who is in any doubt at all and has not yet educated themselves on the typically female heart attack symptoms should not pause prior to dialing 911 for tightness in the chest
. I didn't do it because I'd read up on it in the past (and was not having any of the other symptoms) and
am very well acquainted with my risk factors for heart attack (minimal: normal blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and lung function, plus my maternal survivor of a mild heart attack lives a less healthy life than I and waited to have hers on a hike in a Fijian rain forest in her mid-60s.) Yeah, it was still stupid to stop long enough to refresh my memory and decide to make an appointment instead. I would have been very, very chagrined (and possibly dead) had this actually been a cardiac event, so govern yourselves accordingly.
Good news: normal blood pressure, "excellent" EKG and an enormous load off my mind.
Bad news: Chocolate, caffeine, tomatoes and onions (all fave raves of mine) may very well be my triggers, as I'd consumed them all in larger than usual quantities last Sunday.
So with achieving wisdom, attaining a certain age, maturing like fine wine...whatever you call it, pushing 50 is now providing the real world reasons to eat right and exercise. Note to those younger than the Baby Boom: the real world motivation is always
there, you just won't feel it until your dotage. :P