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Next Event:

Marathon Quest 250 1st Annual Run/Walk

  • Date: Saturday, December 31st, 2011

  • Location: Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sport Centre

  • Distance and time: 9.00am Marathon, 12 noon Half Marathon, 1.30pm 10km, 2.15pm 5km, 2.40pm 2.5km

  • Route: 2.5km loop along the stunning Bow River

  • Aid Station: Guy's Bakery "Super Aid Station" (visit it 17 times!)

  • Registration: On the day (8.00am to 2.30pm) with a donation to RIGHT TO PLAY

Christmas is coming and I'm sure we have all made our wish lists. On mine it's a new pair of runners, wool socks and a CD of "Band on the Run". However, my main wish is to be healthy. There are things I can do to help make this happen. Some exercise, eating my fruit and veggies, not too much chocolate. But there are some things for which I need professional help.

I am fast approaching 56 and have reached my "Golden Years", this is the 50 plus gang, the so called Boomers or Zoomers (Boomers with zip). The good news is that we get discounts at local stores and the swimming pool. The bad news is that things may start to go wrong. The key thing, when we reach this age, is the service check-up. Just like a car, which you take in every 5,000 kms to get the oil and air filter changed. You may also need to change the tires or get the brake lines cleaned out. It's all about preventative maintenance and catching the small stuff, before it leads to some big problem.

We are no different. For me, the preventive maintenance was a prostate test and a colonoscopy. First of all, why these two? My friend, Nurse Pam, sent me some information. Prostate is the second leading cancer to cause death amongst men and colon is the second leading cancer cause of death among men and women. The number one being lung cancer.

The prostate test is a blood test. I'm not keen on needles but sometimes you just have to suck it up. They found my PSA (key indicator) a little high and I had to have a biopsy. Not fun, but a necessity. Fortunately, the results were negative. Each year I get tested and they monitor the level. The checking of the colon, the colonoscopy, is a little more intrusive. I didn't really want to have it done and, to be honest, had put if off a couple of times. The day before the procedure, I had to mix up and drink 4 Litres of Colyte (think human Drano). I wouldn't want to get it confused with my race nutrition., Carbopro, I'd definitely be on the run then.

On the morning of December 9th, Sue drove me to Canmore hospital. I was met by Nurse Loraine and, after being hooked up to an IV, it was off to the theatre. The rest is a bit of a blur. I remember watching a 40" HDTV as Dr. Cort manoeuvred a miniature camera, looking for polyps. He found one and snippet it. Afterwards, he said that things had gone well and I would be informed as to whether I have a 5 or 10 year warranty.

I had some difficulty writing this blog. It's not like writing one about the latest race or the next road trip. I thought how lucky we are to live in a country where we have free access to this type of check-up. So, why not make a New Year's resolution to get checked out, because we all want to be around to watch our kids and grandkids grow up.

Quote of the Day

"If man has a talent and cannot use it, he has failed. If he has a talent and uses only half of it, he has partly failed. If he has a talent and learns somehow to use the whole of it, he has gloriously succeeded, and won a satisfaction and a triumph few men ever know."

Thomas Wolfe

Granddaughter Autumn hanging out with a new friend

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