Yesterday was a fitting way to enter my vacation and this weekend’s marathon.
I went to my doctor for a physical.
It was two years ago that I went in and was told I was pre-diabetic and if I didn’t start getting some sort of exercise that my future was not going to be hopeful. Thinking back on my physical in 2011 I remember the following info:
- Blood Pressure: 150/100
- Weight: 268
- Pulse: >90
- Sugar: high
- Cholesterol: Good was low and bad was high – Overall high
- About a third of my blood test was going the wrong direction
Yesterday, two years and 2000 miles of running later, here were the same stats:
- Blood Pressure: 100/60
- Weight: 182
- Pulse: 64
- Sugar: Normal
- Cholesterol: Good is high and bad is low – Overall it was good.
- My blood test was in the normal range on every item.
My doctor made an interesting statement. He said he was amazed that I had done so well. I told him that he shouldn’t be surprised since he was the one who told me to begin exercising. He said, “But no one usually listens to my advice”.
What a difference a couple years make. I am heading out tomorrow not only excited about my race, but also excited that I probably just added about 30 years to my life.
I guess it was worth an hour a day of hitting the pavement.