At some point in life we all become more cognizant of the effects of aging. Just after that realization, many people, like me, attempt to retard that inevitable process. I have enjoyed running for many years, up until about 18 months ago; my knees were getting sore. I finally gave up running for other exercise, but have never found biking or elliptical machines to be as productive or satisfying.
A few weeks back I began to slowly work my way back into running. I have been running a relatively short 1.3-mile distance, while slowly increasing the frequency. Feeling quite well this morning, I decided to increase the distance a bit; 2.25 miles seemed easily attainable. I’m making progress!
I am usually out on the road before daylight. I know it is dangerous. I take extreme measures to insure my visibility. I wear a Sugoi jacket/vest that reflects so much light it appears to run on batteries. I also wear a flashing LED armband. I also watch the traffic carefully and cross traffic in marked ‘Cross-Walk’ areas.
This morning I came to the crosswalk I have crossed many hundreds of times. Traffic stopped. I gave my customary wave to the motionless vehicles as I proceeded across the marked crosswalk. After passing the first vehicle, and approaching the second, the second vehicle suddenly, and unexpectedly, took off. I tried to stop. I could not. Momentum carried me forward and down onto the street, directly into the path of the vehicle.
My life didn’t flash before my eyes. It was a feeling of acceptance that ‘this is it”. The tires of the vehicle stopped directly beside my ribcage. I got up from under the bumper of the car with bloodied knees and elbows, looked into the car’s tinted windshield, and resumed my run. You may now safely deduce: I am happy to be getting older!
Here’s another cautionary tale: The weather is wonderful, but dry! Water both new and existing plants…thoroughly. Panolas have been fully re-stocked!