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Well, I never expected to be a widow at 61. DH went in for a planned procedure and proceeded to have a heart attack after apparently recovering well. Everything possible was done, but it was just not meant to be. Learning to navigate life without him will be a long, slow, sad process. -6/7/2018

Good Lord - I haven't updated my profile in 6 years???? How time flies. I'm now 61, still working on losing 10-15 pounds (always...) , still running and plan to retire in 11 months and odd days - spring 2019. Loving my grandbaby, and anticipating another one this summer.

When 50 was approaching I decided to make that the excuse to get into the best shape of my life. Ran a 1/2 marathon in Jamaica to prove it! I'm still trying to improve and be as fit as possible for the rest of my life.

In spring of 2008 soreness in the right ankle drove me to the doctor's office and 4 months of boot, brace, orthotics and total frustration before I accepted the diagnosis of 'chronic tendonitis' and decided to move on and see what I could do to be active and keep the pain at a tolerable level. In the process though, regained all the weight I'd lost in 2+ years, and wallowed in self-pity.

In 2011 I experimented with the Nike Free shoes that promote a more natural stride. After 2 months of slow adaptation I had changed my stride to the point where I had to buy Neutral shoes instead of Stability shoes for my long runs (where the Free's just don't have the padding needed). Knee and tendon issues have not vanished, but they are greatly reduced, and I've been able to return to distance running, starting with the Cleveland 1/2 marathon in May 2011.

2012 has been a banner year for running - still fighting to lose some weight, and having occasional niggles of injuries, but really happy with my progress. Ran my very first full marathon in Cleveland in May, set a new PR in a 1/2 marathon in April (by all of 15 seconds, but still-the old PR was 5 years ago), and came within 15 seconds of my 5K PR this fall... Back to where I was before the injury!

Member Since: 5/3/2006

Fitness Minutes: 70,507

My Goals:
Stay fit and lose about 10 pounds.

My Program:
Running 3-4 times a week. Strength training 2 times a week with free weights. Trying to eat healthy (that's the hardest part!)

Personal Information:
Recently turned 60, and am re-evaluating where I am in life and what I want the rest of it to be like. Mainly - I want to be as healthy and fit as I can be!

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It's never too late to be what you were meant to be - George Elliot

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    Hi, Carol, thanks for the FlyLady tip. I already belong, and I love Marla. She's great. I have to start actually doing it, though. Have a great day!!
    1367 days ago
    Thank you for reading my blog and for your wise perspective.
    1463 days ago
    Thanks for your comment on my blog. River cruising is such a hassle free way to travel to European destinations
    1487 days ago
    Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on my “Change” blog.
    I really appreciate it. As you said, comparing an old size 12 to today's size 8, the 12 is smaller.
    It's important that women be aware of the sneaky sizing creep. They haven't done us any favors but lulling us into a false sense of security.

    1498 days ago
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    Thanks for the comment on my Pepper Spray blog today. I read your bio and see you have also suffered tendinitis. When I started running a lot, I think I had tendinitis of every possible tendon from the hip down. I dealt with each niggle as it came, and I'm happy to report that 17 years later, I almost never get it. I guess our bodies eventually adapt to it.

    (Now I get it in my arms and hands, as I just started competitive piano again... so maybe in 10 years, my arms & hands will be happy and I will never have it anywhere in my body again! Ha ha)
    1654 days ago
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