Twelve weeks ago I arrived at the surgery center, walking in, knowing that I wouldn’t be walking out, and, in fact, that I wouldn’t be walking at all for quite some time.
When I checked into the surgery center, I told the receptionist that I was there to begin my training for the 2020 New York City Marathon. She smiled and said, “You must be Mr. Semendinger.”
Indeed I am.
I hobbled out of the surgery center on crutches my foot wrapped and in a heavy boot. The surgery was a success.
Continue reading “The Road Back To 26.2 Began Today…”
It’s a strange feeling, learning to walk again. Because of the surgery to repair my right Achilles tendon, I went about seven weeks without walking.
Continue reading “Learning To Walk Again”
One of my favorite songs of all-time is from a group named Five for Fighting. This song is titled “Superman (It’s Not Easy).” As I sort of sit and sort of stand here trying to write at a standing desk standing on just one leg (how much longer will I be on crutches?) that song is resonating in my mind for a variety of reasons, one of which is the most obvious…
This isn’t easy.
(Editor’s note – I eventually had to sit down to write this.)
The song is a beautiful one. It tells of the fictional Superman and the fact that, even for Superman, life isn’t easy. The lyric from the song that most resonates with me contains the simple words…
“It’s not easy…to be…me.”
Continue reading “It’s Not Easy”
Today isn’t the BEST DAY EVER! but it is a great day.
Today I received notification that I have guaranteed entry into the 2020 New York City Marathon.
Of course, I can’t run right now.
I can’t walk.
I can’t stand even on two feet.
I’m still on crutches – non-weight bearing following surgery on my right Achilles…
But, I’m in the race. I am in the race.
I AM IN THE RACE!!!
I have two more weeks until my next doctor’s visit. I’m hoping the news is good and the crutches go away at that time.
I hope to be running again by March…or April, at the latest.
And once that time comes, once it comes, I’ll start my slow journey back to getting into marathon shape.
I’ll be there in November. I’ll be in the glorious, wonderful, and amazing New York City Marathon. I can’t wait!!!
I WILL BE THERE.
I’m in the race.
I AM IN THE RACE!
And that makes all the difference.
I woke up yesterday and enjoyed walking around my house doing tasks that I knew I wouldn’t get to do again for a number of weeks.
These tasks including exciting things like walking up and down the stairs, opening the refrigerator and grabbing items, standing at my computer, and taking a shower… things like that. Simple things. Things we often take for granted.
Continue reading “My 2020 NYC Marathon Training Began Yesterday (but not how you might think…)”
The Beatles song Hey Jude was in my head as I prepared to write my Weekly Memo to the teachers at the school where I serve as the principal.
As I started humming the melody and quietly singing that song to myself, I quickly realized that there is a great deal within the lyrics that delivers an important message. I quickly scrapped the original idea I had for the memo and began writing about this epic Beatles tune…
Let’s take a quick look at the messages that I took from one of the Beatles’ most famous songs:
Hey Jude, don’t make it bad, take a sad song and make it better…
If that’s not one of the biggest lessons in life, I don’t know what is.
The message here is simple – Don’t make it bad. Just don’t. The world, life itself, is often filled with bad things, hurtful things, sad things… Each day (and sometimes it really is each day) we’re faced with things that upset us, things that hurt us, things that frustrate and annoy us. That’s life. It is what it is. Continue reading “Hey, It’s About YOU!”
This essay can be found in the book Impossible is an Illusion published by Wipf and Stock and available here.
My son came home from college, and in a discussion with me brought up a Japanese word, Kintsugi, that immediately opened up my mind to many thoughts.
It’s wonderful to find new words, new ideas, and new ways of thinking.
And, just for the record, kintsugi is now my new favorite word.
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…but that doesn’t make this feel any better.
I knew it was time. I know I had to do this, but it still hurts.
Continue reading “I’m Finally Going To Heal…”
…and with that long run, my 2019 marathon dream is over.
Today was supposed to be my last long run, a final effort, to prove to myself that I could actually do the marathon. The truth, the reality I must face, is that I can’t. Not this year.
I gave it everything I had.
And then some.
Continue reading “The End of My 2019 Marathon Dream”