My 75th birthday is creeping up on me, so it’s time to “run” a marathon (26.2 miles), to prove that my CapturedDiscipline® Time-Lock Safes (and I) are keeping me fit and healthy; and to celebrate my birthday. I fully intend to live to 100+.
I don’t “run” it. My knees will not allow pounding the pavement anymore. I power-walk it, or fast walk it, or whatever term fits. I’ll post a video the day I do it, and you can decide what to call my gate. Or not. I’ll start to train this weekend. Over the next 12 weeks, I’ll bore you every Sunday or Monday with a note about how the training is going.
I do not sign up for a public marathon. Rather, I just go out alone, starting at dawn (5:45 ish). Forty-seven minutes into the run, at 6:32, it will be sunrise in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida … and that will be one of the many highs of the day.
I document my “run” with some video and mapmyrun.com. If all goes well, it will take about 7 1/2 hours, getting back home about 3 in the afternoon. Weather permitting, I’ll run my little private marathon on Sunday, November 5th … a birthday present to myself. My birthday is not on November 5th, but it’s close. Sunday is the only day of the week that I’ll do this. The traffic is light, and the college campuses I run in are almost empty, except for the occasional co-ed who lifts my spirits. Except for the last few miles, the “run” is rewarding, calming, peaceful, inspirational, and usually a touch spiritual.
I thought about “my marathon” early this morning when I read the August 9th cnn.com article titled, “Better hearing, less constipation and other surprising benefits of exercise.” The link is just below. The article’s list of some of the benefits of exercise is: sounder sleep, fewer colds, healthier eyes, enhanced hearing, and better bathroom habits. And I would add: better mental health, self-satisfaction, increased confidence, and the enjoyment of a “runner’s high” during and after the run.
Here’s the link to the article. There are some excellent links inside the article: