It’s finally beginning to feel like fall out there.
The weather is a bit more crisp, football is in full swing, and the leaves are showing some changes of color. Also, the running events I signed up for and trained for through the summer are now right around the corner.
Last Sunday I ran the Fox Cities Marathon and am happy with a result of 3 hours and 14 minutes. Going in to the run, I would have been ecstatic with anything faster than 3:10, and would have a bit disappointed with anything over 3:20. Overall, the Fox Cities Marathon effort felt good and steady. Fox Cities was part of a “bigger picture” of events this fall, and so I ran it with some extra miles on my legs, and less rest taken in the week leading up to it.
On Oct. 7 I will be running the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon and then on Oct. 20 is the “big one”—the Fall 50. That Fall 50 is important to me, not only because it’s a great event that covers 50 miles in Door County, but because it’s in honor of my dear friend, Kim, who is continuing to battle cancer...and winning!
Recently Kim has had additional tests done, with some mixed results. Some blood markers have improved, while others have gone up in values. She had another scan come back with some new signs of inflammation, while other areas look better. All in all, her energy is better and her spirits are high, and she continues her treatments and remains confident and comfortable with the path she is on. It’s all quite an inspiration, to say the least.
I had many thoughts during the marathon—obviously, it was over three hours of running! It really is amazing what the human body is capable of, and how much the body wants to take care of itself and heal itself.
Training for a marathon is actually pretty simple. Run. If you want to run a marathon at a certain pace, run a lot of miles at that specific pace.
Keeping yourself healthy and improving your own wellness is actually pretty simple as well, despite that fact that modern medicine and popular culture really tries to complicate it. To improve health and wellness, optimize your body’s ability to heal and regulate itself. Whether it’s a cut in your skin or something more serious and long term, your body is doing its best to heal itself. Optimize that healing process through nutrition, exercise, stress-management, and a calm and restful mind. Whether you want to run a marathon or just want to lose some weight and feel better, that first step in the process is up to you. And if you want help, call our office!

(The contents of this column are provided for general informational purposes only and are not intended as a substitute for professional health care advice. Do not use the information in this column for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition.)