Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Day 62 - Get well soon, Mike

Just back from my short recovery run this afternoon I got some jolting news.

I guy who used to work in my office, a guy who was a stud runner and triathlete, had a stroke last night after a run.

He's alive. That's about all we know for sure.

I don't personally know him, but most of my running buddies at work do. They are shaken. Me too.

We runners tend to think of ourselves as impervious to this kind of thing.

We aren't.

But the running didn't cause his stroke. Running will lower the risk of heart attacks and strokes and other bad things, but it doesn't take it down to zero.

Let's face it, we could all drop dead at any moment. As amazing as the human body is, it has a few single points of failure. We need to respect that, but we can't live our lives waiting for a system to fail.

Go see your doc every once in a while. Tell her you're running (or walking or yoga-ing or whatever you're doing). Ask if she recommends a heart scan, or daily aspirin, or whatever. If your cholesterol is high, knock it down. Don't freak out, but be sensible.

Running makes us stronger, healthier, and happier. Unfortunately, it doesn't make us immortal.

Good running,

Numbers: 1.3 miles on the now muddy pond loop, in desperate need of some good stretching.