Chronicle of a Comeback (vol. 33) – Last Article In Series

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.”

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Cancelled.

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.

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Chronicle of a Comeback (vol. 22)

Progress.

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.

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Chronicle of a Comeback (vol. 12)

Friday.

FRIDAY.  A big day.  A HUGE day.

16 weeks and two days after my Achilles surgery, and, with the permission, dare I say the encouragement, of my physical therapist, I set out for my first two mile run.  

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Chronicle of a Comeback (vol. 11)

After running on the treadmill the other day, and thinking about how great that run was, I have had a paradigm change.

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Chronicle of a Comeback (vol. 10)

I just had my most enjoyable run yet. 

I am back again.

A week ago, I shut it down after I woke up with pain, probably better described as discomfort, just above the area where I had Achilles surgery.  I had been pushing it a bit, just a little, with some “boxing” at my in home boxing gym (in my garage), some long (virtual) PT sessions, other stretching, and the advent of a short, but steep, hill into my runs.  

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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 (Vol. 3)

Well, I am falling onto a nice pattern, running every other day, just like when I first became a marathoner about 18 years ago.  Back then I strictly followed the marathon plan in the great book The Non-Runners Marathon Trainer.  That plan called for three or four runs a week – basically every other day.  In the years since then I became a sometimes every day runner and other times a five-day-a-week runner.  In my prime, when I set my marathon PR in Chicago (2006) (boy, that was a long time ago…) I was peaking at 50+ mile weeks.

But, for now, I am an every other day runner and my distances don’t compare.

It’s all part of the process.

It’s a good process.

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Learning To Walk Again

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. 

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