Lan has suffered this year from adhesive capsulitis, more commonly known as a “frozen shoulder”—as she did before we came to America. We hoped that physio-therapy and time would heal but after a year of discomfort, she went under anesthetic last week to be manipulated. She has regained significant movement but she is still in pain and little strength.
I found out this year that my stomach valve doesn’t close properly causing acid to eat away at my esophagus. I share this mainly because, with the benefit of hindsight, this hereditary condition is probably what led to my father being stricken with esophageal cancer and dying so young. I will have to take pills for the rest of my life to calm it down or surgery is possible.
Now that I’m in my mid-40s, there are several options allowing me to deny to myself that I’m getting older. I could have bought a red sports car for instance but being cheap, I elected to run a marathon instead. The mere fact that 26.2 miles or 42km is three times as far as I’d ever run was not going to stop me. I actually attempted training last year but soon had to give up after hurting both feet. I found out that shoes were my problem, not just the particular running shoes but shoes in general.Note 9 I switched to bare feet initially and then to “gloves” for my feetNote 10 and that corrected my running style. I was thrilled with my time of 3:51:47.