Today was a perfect day for a race, not too cold or hot, not too cloudy or sunny, and not raining as my running buddies, my hubby, and I set out in the corral for the Soldier Field 10 mile race. At mile 2, we are just getting started, and we notice a woman on the ground to the side with a few runners around her. My husband and I stopped to see if she was OK, and it appeared she was in the end stages of a seizure. This woman appeared to be my age and appeared to be healthy, no medical alert bracelet, and no ID. We stopped for about 3-5 minutes to make sure she was alert and oriented, had a stable pulse and blood pressure, and the first responders arrived. We then joined the other runners.
I carried that brief encounter with me for the rest of the race. I realized that she set out the same as me on this morning to complete the 10 mile race, and then fate had other plans. And I am thankful that I was able to finish the race in my goal time, injury-free. So I guess the lesson is to never take your health for granted; if you want to run and are healthy enough to do it, then by all means, take the time for yourself to get up, put on those running shoes, and go for a run.