I am so please that so many people are loving my novel Scattering the Ashes. If you have not read it, I highly recommend that you do.
I was recently interviewed on KSJE’s “Wrire-On Four Corners” program.
You can listen to that interview here: Write-On Four Corners- June 2, 2021: Paul Semendinger, Scattering the Ashes
It will be three years since my last marathon when I step up to the (crowded) start in Staten Island for the 50th running of the New York City Marathon in November.
Three years and an Achilles surgery.
This will be, for me, Marathon Number 22 in all. It’ll be my eighth New York.
I love New York. And I love this race.
Continue reading “Marathon Training Update, 2021”
I will be a part of it.
New York, New York.
If I can run it there, I can run anywhere.
I haven’t run NYC since 2018.
I’ll finally be back in my favorite race.
I am thrilled beyond measure!!!
I learned something about myself the last few weeks. Something good. Or, I think it’s good. And I think it is something that we can all learn from and should always remember.
This is a story about me, but it’s really about everyone. As always, I hope the deeper message is one that resonates with all because I think there is a deeper message here. The message is one I am going to try to remember the next time I think all is lost (proverbially, or in reality).
The message is one of narratives – things we believe. Things we think we know. Stories we tell ourselves. Deep truths about ourselves that we assume are true.
We spend a lot of time convincing ourselves (knowingly or unknowingly) about all sorts of things.
And sometimes we’re not telling ourselves the truth.
Even if we think we are.
Continue reading “The Narratives We Live By…”
Today is January 8, 2021.
Exactly one year ago today, I walked into the surgery center to meet Dr. Braver for him to perform surgery on my right Achilles tendon. As I walked in, I said to the receptionist at the counter, “I am here to begin my training for the 2020 New York City Marathon.” She smiled and said, “You must be Mr. Semendinger.”
Continue reading “Chronicle of a Comeback (vol. 33) – Last Article In Series”
Well, I needed that.
It’s good to be back. Again.
After my five consecutive days of three-mile runs, two weeks ago, the next week, I set out to do four consecutive days of four-mile runs.
Continue reading “Chronicle of a Comeback (vol. 29) – Continued Progress”
I didn’t really think I could do it this quickly. I mean, ramp up to ten miles. My longest run just a little over a week ago was six miles. Then last week I did seven. That was HUGE!
Up until the moment I decided to do a long run today, I wasn’t even thinking ten miles. That seemed just too far.
Way too far…
And then, this morning, I thought, “Why not just do ten?”
Continue reading “Chronicle of a Comeback (vol. 27) – TEN!”
I had planned to write this a few days ago, but a huge storm, a loss of power and Internet, and such got in the way…
Last Monday I jumped on the treadmill with the intention (and hope) of matching my six mile effort from two weeks previous and with the faint hope of being strong enough to power through one extra mile to reach seven.
I didn’t make it.
I ran well enough. I covered five miles, but five isn’t six and it certainly isn’t seven.
Continue reading “Chronicle of a Comeback (vol. 26) – Seven is Heaven”
Nothing else needs to be said.