A great quote from Runners World Nov. 2008, attributed to Richard Hillestad, a 66-year-old runner from Topanga, CA: “When I was 37, I pulled a groin muscle, and I tried to run through it. A friend said, ‘You have to decide: Are you going to run for the next two weeks, or for the rest of your life?’ That’s been my philosophy ever since.”
I so identify with Mr. Hillestad. Once again, I’m in a holding pattern- had minor surgery, can’t run for a few more weeks. But once I’m cleared to go, I plan to be well-rested, and ready to start anew.
I completely understand that some aspects of aging are out of our control. Life’s path can take some insurmountable twists. But I can do what I am able to extend my running for as far into the future as possible.
So – I follow the doctor’s orders, do only what I am allowed to do, and plan for the rest of my life. . .