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Stay safe and have fun with daily life…

knee pain
walking out to the car after a full day

Stay safe, have fun applies to more than Masters competitions. Injured my right knee at Epcot, simply bending down to pick up a piece of trash. For real.

Thought nothing of it really. Sure, I definitely felt a sharp pain, but really, it was a simple bending motion to do what I do all day long when I’m not at home.

How could it be serious?

In fact, it didn’t affect walking or even going up stairs. Shrugged it off.

Not long after that, back inside, I made a movement I don’t recall and mumbled loudly (a muffled yell I guess) enough that a fellow Baby Boomer (FS) immediately said with serious concern in his tone, “Are you alright?”

I’m fine. Weird. An excruciating pain that came and went in a split second.

Later that night, as I went to kneel in front of a home computer stand, an unusual pop and a pain that made me think I ripped something. Pausing, and then standing up very slowly, the pain dissipated quickly. And never came back the rest of the night.

The next morning on a daily jog, noticed a very minor tightness, but no pain. So I jogged significantly slower, just to be safe. Nearly three miles (30 minutes), no issues.

In summary there were only three incidents of pain the day before: the initial pain at Epcot, the one inside the Contemporary Resort, and finally at home.

After the jog, left the house before 9am. At 11:00am while walking down a hall to an elevator to go to lunch, I passed an office and stopped to reverse my step to tell her (SS) something and yelled (not too loudly) “ouch”.

The pain was sudden, sharp, and completely unexpected. She asked if I was ok and I briefly recounted the story straining my knee picking up trash the morning prior.

At this point I became intentional in trying to determine which movements might trigger pain. Walking, including three flights of steps up was not a problem.

Later that night, after dinner in our Family room, I bent to do something and yelled the loudest. Immediately my son (12) asked in a quick, concerned (unusual concern and attentiveness for a 12 year old) tone, “Daddy are you ok?”

Told him I think so.

Began ibuprofen.

Before retiring to bed, sent a prudent email with a few weekly updates, including the knee strain.

Went jogging again the second day (today), as slow as the day before. A little tightness that went away almost immediately after a few steps of really slow (which is the daily warmup routine anyway) jogging. Was able to jog 45 minutes (10-12 minutes per mile).

Upon return I began more ibuprofen and ice on effected right knee area.

Got the idea to go to the medical office, and then decided if I write the details here, while they are fresh, and follow an ice and anti-inflammatory regime (on my day off), I’d give it another 24 hours to see what tomorrow brings.

Don’t want to over react and at the same time not under react. So far today (it’s 2pm), no incidents of sharp pain. Of course I’m even more careful today, after the four incidents (three in front of others) so far.

(update: 5pm day three) (and 9pm)… so far so good. No issues. Doing everything I normally do, with exceptional forethought and care.

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The best piece of leadership advice this guy ever got

The best piece of leadership advice this guy ever got

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Julian Myers Said, “Ambition Is The Key To Longevity”

Julian Myers ("Nighthawks" t-shirt), at 93, told jeff noel longevity requires ambition.

Ever wonder what motivates seniors to stay healthy? Me too. So I spent most of this week in St George, Utah at the 25th Huntsman World Senior Games, to validate my deductions. Over 10,000 athletes all aged 50 and over. Many were world-class survivors.┬áMany were world-class athletes….for example…

Bobby Whilden, 76, twice this year bettered the legendary Payton Jordan’s M75 100 meter record of 13.72 by running 13.68 at the Penn Relays in April and 13.67 at the outdoor nationals in late July. On Wednesday Whilden smashed his own pending mark with a 13.55 at the Huntsman World Senior Games in St. George, Utah. The wind was a legal 1.9 meters per-second. His time just missed the 13.54 world mark by Germany’s Bruno Kimmel in 2009.

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3 Wellness Decisions

One of the most important decisions we’ll ever make is to not give up.

One of the easiest decisions will be to cave in and quit.

One of the most difficult decisions will be to not to.

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3 Wellness Tips For Success

Ready For The Beach?
Ready For The Beach?

Here are three absolute must have wellness strategies for your Summer wellness program.

  1. Dream big – have lofty wellness goals
  2. Get there – find 100 reasons why you can not fail
  3. Stay there – this is your most critical endeavor

Profoundly simple and yet, simply profound.