It’s not all tutus, tiaras, and Trader Sam’s. Over the past six years, the runDisney brand has been all that and more; camaraderie, sunsets over Cars Land and World Showcase, and many, many a celebratory dinner. See the world!
The side effect (even if unintended) of same? Fitness. My physical therapist self kinda knew this all along, but to be honest it was a backdrop to the magic and medals in my timeline. Until now…
The invisible side effect of my twenty half marathons and umpteen 5Ks? Core strength. My oh my, that came in mighty handy when I landed on my derriere and fractured my pelvis and sacrum two months ago. The mortality rate for this type of fracture can be as high as 24%. Immobility typically forces prolonged bed rest, ambulation with a walker, and heavy-duty pain med prescription. Unless you’ve been stealthily working on your Wonder Woman form…
The core strength that accompanied those thousands of miles through Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and Disneyland Paris saved me in every way possible. I defied doctors orders in every way possible; no 7 days in the hospital flat on my back, no morphine, no months of bed rest for this runner gal. This walker at my bedside is a punch-in-the-gut reminder of my age. The running shoes say otherwise. So do my runDisney super powers.
Will I ever run another race? Is this a runDisney sunrise or sunset? With another two weeks on crutches ahead and significant arthritis to battle, I honestly don’t know if I’ll be able. But if I do get one more finish line, it will be because the Big Cheese is on the other side. I owe him everything. Backside included.
Top PT Tip
Running provides support for bone density, especially pre and post menopause. As they say, just do it.