Every year on June 20 I celebrate another "gravy day". My dad used to use that term to describe an extra day off or an easy day at work. Today I am the same age as my father was when he passed away, plus 7 years. I have outlived my male forebears and if I may say so, in a healthy way. I like to think the 7 to 10 hours a week I spend exercising and the discipline it takes to eat a healthy diet has been worth it and that I have used this extra time well. Today I ran 8.22 miles and did about 10 minutes stretching afterwards and I feel fine. This past year I was able to overcome the effects of degenerative joint disease in my back with physical therapy which I continue to do on a daily basis and intend to for life. I cannot run as fast as I once did but I do run a few half marathons a year and frequent 5k races where I am competitive in my age group so I feel some accomplishment there. I also feel fine in my everyday tasks and handle the stress of my full time job as well as those much younger than me so I feel my time exercising and eating well is well spent. So soldier on and keep living better.
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