I'm almost back to running...

Deciding to have my foot reconstructed from a bad bunion is something I have been putting off for a long time. It finally got to the point where I needed to have the surgery because I was no longer able to run. Though I knew I would be unable to run for a while, I knew that this was the right thing to do.

Well, here I am, almost 12 weeks post-surgery and getting ready to get cleared to go back to my running this Wednesday. This has been the longest stretch that I have gone without running since I started running in 2002 after finishing chemotherapy for stage 3 colon cancer. I have had some time to reflect on what the 12-week layoff has taught me.

I really miss running. I knew I was going to but I really miss the quiet time. I miss listening to my songs on my iPod. I really miss listening to worship music and spending that time talking to God through worship songs.

I miss being outside. I know a lot of you really hate winter right about now. I’m not a big fan of the cold or snow either but I do love to put on all of my running stuff and getting out in the cold. I miss training for a spring marathon. This was the first winter that I haven’t trained all through the cold and snow.

I have enjoyed some aspects of not being able to run. I have slept in a little more than I would have if I were running. I have enjoyed a little less laundry since I haven’t been running. A very little but every bit helps.

In all seriousness, I’m very thankful that this week is here finally. I’m thankful to Dr’s Lee and Flood at First Step Foot Care, http://www.firststepfootcare.com/offices.html#Arlington for a successful surgery. I’m so thankful for the team at Bodywerks Physical Therapy http://bodywerkspt.com for all of the help they have and continue to do to get me back to running. They are the “Cheers” of physical therapy.

I really need to thank Amy. One would think that after a brain tumor and cancer that I would be a better patient. One would think. She has extended so much grace to me during this whole time off. I’m blessed to have her as my wife.

Most of all, I want to thank God. He has given me so many “2nd chances” and I really need to thank Him more often. I’m looking forward to our time hitting the pavement together soon. No matter how many more marathons I do, or if I ever do another Ironman, all the glory will go to Him. Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

See you on the road soon!

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