Nothing else needs to be said.
That was a huge step back.
As I said some of the words above aloud, they sounded like “set back,” but this was anything but that.
Just because something is the right thing doesn’t mean that we can’t be sad about it.
I knew they would be cancelling the New York City Marathon. They had to. It only made sense to cancel it.
You can’t run the world’s largest (and greatest) marathon during a pandemic.
I get it.
Still, I am sad.
That’s the word. Progress.
Two steps forward.
I am hoping there are no steps backward as I continue to build strength in my comeback to running following Achilles surgery in January. I will hopefully get strong enough to run the New York City Marathon in November.
A few thoughts on all of this before I share the updates on my progress.
Slow and steady makes the race.
I was so thrilled to read this wonderful review for my novel, “Scattering the Ashes.”
Here was my weekly mileage for the first three full weeks of May 2020:
- 8.20 miles
- 8.10 miles
- 8.25 miles
I was getting there.
The operative word is “was.”
The other day I was making a congratulatory video for a great young man about to graduate from medical school. This soon-to-be doctor is going to be amazing. He is one of the best young people ever. I have known him for a long time as I was his principal when he was in middle school.
Time and life pass too quickly. I cannot believe he is now almost a doctor.
One of the special joys and delights of being an educator is seeing the great people your students grow up to be. I knew this child was going to be very successful. Even when he was ten-years-old, he was something special.
As I recorded the short video message, I shared what I hope is the most important advice he receives as he heads off to a successful practice.
19 weeks ago today, I walked in to have surgery on my right Achilles tendon.
I walked out on crutches.
I was on crutches for about 7 weeks.
And then I started running, step-by-step. Slowly.
Today, I powered through a three mile treadmill run staying between 5.5 and 6.0 mph for the duration.
I broke 32 minutes, finishing at 31:51. That’s a strong effort – my best effort to date since the surgery.
I was once a marathoner.
I will be one again.
There is an old saying in running,
“Losers look to what they are going through,
Winners look where they are going to.”