The long road back has begun.

I have been waiting to write this since April 9th.  That was the day I needed to cut short an 11 mile training run and only ran 5 miles because I had hurt my back a few days prior.  Since that time I have made two trips to the ER, one not related to the back, had an MRI which showed a herniated disc and spent four days in the hospital, also not related to the back.

On Friday May 20th at 2:30 I got a cortisone injection.  After the injection the nurse asked if I had any questions, I had one when can I start running?  She told me not to do anything for 48 hours, and I needed to start slow, I shouldn’t run 10 miles.  It is now Sunday at 2:30 and I have just finished my come back mile.  To say I ran this mile would be an overstatement, no I jogged the mile, but I did it.

Can endorphins kick in after a very slow mile?  I think they can and
did.  It felt good to get outside.  It is beginning to get warm it was
sunny, training and running season have begun once again.

Why have I begun running again so soon after the injection?  Marathon
training begins in 3 weeks.  I will be running in the Milwaukee marathon
on October 3rd.  This will be my 11th marathon.  More importantly I
will be running for the 3rd time as a charity runner for the American
Heart Association.  Heart Disease is the number one killer of Americans
and Stroke the number 3.  While these diseases kill many people they
also injure many more each year.  I felt that I needed to comeback from
my minor injury because people suffering from a heart attack or stroke
have a much harder time coming back from their injuries.  It is very
fulfilling knowing that all the miles I run and dollars I raise will
help to cure these dreaded diseases.

After not running for 6 weeks I know that I need to take it slow and
easy.  I need to keep my eye on the big picture.  Finishing my 11th
marathon and doing my part to cure heart disease.
I wrote the above on Sunday May 22nd and here it Sunday May 29th and my
recovery has come to a screeching halt.  The constant leg pain has
returned with a vengeance.  It is once again very painful to walk let
alone run.  I have surgery scheduled for Friday June 10th.  I have been
told that the pain relief will be immediate and that I can begin running
in 6 to 8 weeks.  While it is good that the pain will be gone the
recovery will once again be slow.  I have been told that I need to start
slow and the runs to be short, so no marathon this year.

This is disappointing in a sense but maybe this is my body’s way of
telling me to slow down and take a rest.  Runners hate being told not to
run, this is who we are!  Maybe non-running medical professionals know
best.  I know that I am going to listen to them, these last 2 months
have not been fun and I do not want to repeat them.  I will be back
running again just taking it easy this year.

I will still be raising funds for the American Heart Association.  Just
because I have to take this year off,  heart disease does not.  You can
still make donations on my behalf here!

Or you can become a charity runner yourself.  If you are already registered for the Bank of
America Marathon or if you missed the registration and want to run, the Heart
Association has a spot for you, visit our team site
for more information.

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