I’ve been bad. I’ve let things slide. I’ve put things off. I made excuses. They really weren’t valid excuses but good enough that I used them. What have I been doing that so bad? I’ve haven’t been taking care of myself. I figured, I’m running. I’m healthy. I don’t need to go for my checkups. So when the notices came that I was due for my annual checkup, my mammogram, and my dentist appointment. I put them to the side telling myself, “After the Hat Trick, I will go.” Then the Hat Trick rolled into Marathon training and I conveniently “forgot.”
Now as a mom, I make sure that my kids go to all their checkups, I make sure they do all the things I haven’t been doing. I guess I was following the adage, “Do as I say not as I do.” In this case it really isn’t the right one. I really am too old and too smart to not do these things. So yesterday, I made myself sit down and at least make 2 appointments and hopefully today I sill make the last one. I honestly didn’t know how long I had let things go until I went to make my mammogram appointment and the gentleman told me that I am going on 2 years. Oops. Obviously, I was bad BEFORE I started any of my real training, but during training it was a good excuse.
Now I have friends and family that have suffered with either the scare of breast cancer with tumors or I even have one friend who has one more chemo treatment to finish up after her double mastectomy. She is one of the reasons that every time I run I use my Charity Miles app to raise money for Stand Up to Cancer. So I get it. It is important. Now I’m not saying that I think I have any issues. I’m just saying that I really should let a trained professional say that. I think many times since I, obviously, am healthy enough to train and run a marathon (God, I love how that sounds); that means I don’t need to see any doctors. I take after my Grammy that way! A woman who is still kicking at 90 even though she smoked, drank nothing but coffee and never listened to the doctors. Now I’m not as bad as her, but I really do need to do a better job taking care of business.
What do you let slide while your training?