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I ran this morning for the first time since my unexpected hospital stay. I ran a little more than a mile at a slow jog. As I neared the end, I passed two older men with enormous dogs who had stopped to visit beside the trail. One of them called out "Pick up the Pace." I smiled. He said, "Or is this the pace?" I called over my left shoulder, "This is the post-illness pace. I'll be back on pace in two weeks."
This has been a difficult two months for exercise. I injured my shoulder in mid-August which didn't keep me from exercising, but did limit the variety of exercise. Three weeks later I blogged that my shoulder was healed and I was rebuilding my muscle strength.
I knew the colonoscopy was on the calendar, but I was thinking two, maybe three, days without exercise. I never dreamed that it would mean nearly two weeks without any exercise and three weeks before I could resume strenuous exercise.
But God has designed our bodies to heal themselves if they have the right material. My digestive system is back to normal. I finished the last of the antibiotics last week, and immediately started taking probiotics. I wish I had some Type O probiotics, but I don't. I took the information from the books about which beneficial bacteria are most helpful to Type Os to the store, and bought the closest that I could find.
Now to start (again) to rebuild my muscles. I know I can do it. Remembering how good I felt at the end of this morning's run is my best motivation. The next time I pass those men and their dogs, I'll be kicking up my heels.
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