I am all about trying to find a balance… heck that is how this whole blog thing started out – my desire to find a way to lead a healthy, balanced life. I’m working on the exercise bit and doing pretty well (it helps that running makes me happy), I’m struggling (really struggling) my way through the healthy eating, slowly making progress, but I am also making sure to take care of myself preventatively.
Yes, it is great to go to physical therapy appointments when I am injured or to the doctor when they think I broke an ankle, but what about my general health? Well after numerous close calls, cancer scares, and even some ugly diagnoses I am the Queen of Preventative Medicine.
As I sit, bare assed, waiting for the doctor to come in (Really, why does my bare, cold butt have to be out the whole time I wait? That’s just awkward.) I know I should dread this appointment or be mad that it is taking valuable time out of my already busy day, but I don’t. Instead I feel strong. I feel empowered. I know that just like running and eating healthier this is an essential part of taking care of myself and I feel better for doing it.
I cannot help it and begin to chuckle when I have to put my legs up in those darned stirrups and I see me feet sticking up in the air. Holy crap those ridiculous runners feet! Disgusting! They are ragged, bruised, blistered, generally cringe-worthy and about two inches from my doctors head.
She glances at them and I explain, “Marathon training kills my feet.”
She tells me, “Running marathons should come with a warning – It’ll kill you.”
Feet up in the air, pants off, doctors head next to my va-jay-jay and I can’t help it – I smile.
If only she knew… Running saved me.
It made me want to get healthy, eat better, get out of that size 18/20, exercise more, push myself further, and make better overall health decisions (including sticking to all my yearly doctors visits).
In truth – I was in that office because now, more than ever, I value my health. I believe in taking care of myself and in preventing injuries before they happen – running taught me that.
What strange, interesting, or fabulous lessons/gifts has running (or exercising) given you?
FYI: As far a preventative medicine goes I visit the follow doctors each year:
- general/family medicine doctor – overall checkup
- OB/GYN – yearly female exam
- dermatologist – skin cancer screening (I’m still living down an unintentional thong incident)
- eye doctor – eye/contact reevaluation
- dentist – twice per year for cleanings and checkups