03/01/2013 11:36 am ET

Running Hard At 66, And Dealing With The Consequences

Situational irony is great fun to observe, unless you are the situation.

When Linda found me in the emergency department at Boulder Community Hospital in Colorado, she looked a little scared and then a little annoyed. The technician had gotten me out of my mud-covered running clothes and into one of those backless flannel gowns and a warm blanket. I looked a good deal less beat-up than when I had arrived.

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