Crossing the Center Line

When did I start to get old?

Don’t get me wrong … I don’t mind my age. I like being 48, and actually look forward to my 50’s. My mind is young, my heart is young, I still listen to new music and read new books. It’s not my AGE that bothers me. Age, after all, is just a number written on my leg on race day.
What bothers me is that I have noticed lately little aches and pains that are new. Well, not “new”, some of them I have had for a awhile, but the are becoming problematic to the point where it stops me from doing what I want to do.
This happened most recently Monday morning about 3 AM. I woke up with a THROBBING pain in my right knew. On the inside, like someone was stabbing it with a pin. That I can deal with … I have had knee issues since high school football. A couple of Vitamin I’s and I am good to go usually. But to compound this, my right wrist was swollen and my middle two fingers were unable to straighten out. I could feel the pain in the palm of my hand. This too I have had for awhile in both hands, but again, usually a couple of pills and I am OK after a few hours.
Not this time. This time it lasted through the day Monday. The knee pain went away in the afternoon, but my hand throbbed all day long. I woke up this morning with the finger still stuck, but thankfully it wasn’t hurting.
It’s the same thing with my training. I have noticed that it is not my aerobic condition that stops me. It is pain from joints. I can run, but then I get these pains in the top of my foot. A few months ago it was pain along the outside of my foot. Now the last few runs have found my lower back tightening up to the point that I can’t feel my legs. What the hell is THAT??? 
It is frustrating because I want to do well this season and I feel that, although I have a long way still before I am where I need to be, I am heading in the right direction, only to be sidelined by my body breaking down.
Is there anything I can do about this, or should I just accept there is only so far I can go and just do what I can do? When did I cross the center line from young to middle age (I refuse to accept the term “old” just yet). I have come a long way in the past year; my heart and ability seems to be rejuvenated. Can I do the same for the rest of me?

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