Chronicle of a Comeback (Vol. 5)

Well, I can keep this post short.

Today was supposed to be the day I attempted the mile.

I didn’t. 

They finally locked the track.  (We could call this post, “Locked Out.”)

I’ll try for the mile tomorrow, but I’ll either be out on the roads or on my treadmill.  I think I’ll go outside so the speed is more natural, and not determined by a machine or the speed I set the machine at. 

I’m disappointed.  I wanted to do this on a track… today.  But, such is life during a pandemic.  

Until tomorrow…

Chronicling A Comeback (Vol. 4)

It was bound to happen. 

I’m a runner.  I love running.  But, I didn’t want to run tonight. 

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Chronicling A Comeback

Today was Day #2 of my running comeback.  

My goal was to run a half mile without stopping.  I measure all my runs in distance, not time, but my physical therapist wants me to run just in time increments.  Her recommendation was for me to run for five minutes. 

My goal was a half mile.

In the end, it was basically the same thing.  

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The Road Back To 26.2 Began Today…

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.  

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I’m In!

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.

 

A Willingness To Cross Boundaries…

I believe that the marathon is about equal amounts of physical and mental toughness.  I think the mental toughness aspect of the race is often times more important than the physical side.  There comes a time in every race, and in every training run, when most runners want to quit.  I can say this unequivocally, there comes a time, usually multiple times, in every run when I want to quit.

Running is hard.  Very hard.  I have to continually and constantly resist the urge to quit.

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Achilles Tears… What Achilles Tears?

The NYC Marathon is 7 weeks away.

I upped my long run (on the treadmill, again) to 12 miles.  Again, not fast, but, slow and steady covers (if not wins) the race.  

I just have to push through the pain that accompanies the run.  The tears in my right Achilles aren’t exactly fun to deal with, during, or after the run.  But pain is temporary, pride is forever!

I took only one quick walking break today, for less than a minute, at 5.0 miles.

Today was another step in the right direction.   

I’ll push the distance to 15 miles next week.

New York City…here I come! 

(I’ll see the surgery center after the race.)

 

 

Replacing One Type of Pain With Another

I just got off the treadmill.  I’m tired.  I’m in some pain.  I’d like to go to bed, but it’s morning.  I’m tired.  Real tired.  But, underneath all of this exhaustion, I feel alive.  I feel more alive than I’ve felt in a long time.

It’s good to feel ALIVE!

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NYC Marathon: Rejoice In Suffering

I have had the great pleasure and honor of sharing inspirational words with my fellow runners at the Interfaith Chapel at the start of the New York City Marathon a number of times.  I find it extremely inspiring to share God’s word before the race as we all prepare for the long miles ahead.  This year I participated in two services and, as such, delivered two “sermons.”  I will share both of these messages here on my blog.  The first message I delivered is directly below this one on the blog’s home page.  I hope, these words inspire you and your faith as well.  

Rejoice in Suffering:

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NYC Marathon: God Is With Us

I have had the great pleasure and honor of sharing inspirational words with my fellow runners at the Interfaith Chapel at the start of the New York City Marathon.  I find it extremely inspiring to share God’s word before the race as we all prepare for the long miles ahead.  This year I participated in two services and, as such, delivered two “sermons.”  I will share both of these messages here on my blog.  I hope, these words also inspire you and your faith as well.  

God Is With Us Today:

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