As a guest blogger I decided to:
Take a walk with my 87 yr old father-in-law.
My ‘other’ daughter thought it would be hilarious to ‘take’ me down to the high school track and take pictures as I ran a mile. Funny as that may have been, I chose the calmer route. It also looked like a good chance of rain, so I thought it would be cut short.
Bill & I before the walk.
When my father-in-law arrived in a wind breaker/raincoat (did I mention he ran his last marathon when he was 78 yrs old?!?), I knew he was in it for the long haul. It was a nice muggy day. As we rounded the corner the Walgreen’s scroll said it was 74 degrees, is that all?!? I thought I had wiped my forehead 5 times in the last 4 blocks. My father-in-law takes a couple of breaks on his route he told me, not because he’s short of breath, but he gets a nagging pain in his leg that after a 1 minute rest is miraculously better! Where does he get his energy I wondered and then it hit me. He has a pacemaker and a defibrillator. I can’t compete with that!
All in all it was about 3 miles. After my core temperature returned to normal I realized two things. (1) I need to exercise (a lot!) and (2) I have missed out on some good times not following in his footsteps.
Bill & I after the walk.