I was never a gifted athlete.
I was often picked last for the sports teams on the playgrounds and even in gym class.
I never played varsity baseball (my favorite sport.)
I got cut from the freshman soccer team.
The only skill I really have is the ability to focus on a task, stay committed, and get the job done.
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Twenty three thousand, seven hundred fifty three.
That’s the number, for all intents and purposes, give or take a few…
It seems kind of silly.
But that’s what it is.
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I always feel the need to preface these posts with, “I wasn’t fast.”
And, it wasn’t fast, but today I ran great and good and far and wonderfully.
With my oldest son, and his wonderful wife, we set out from our beach house to do one of my favorite long runs – to the Point Pleasant Inlet and back – a solid 16(+) miler.
This is one of my favorite long runs. When I can do this run, I know I am (just about) marathon ready.
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August 3, 2021
I knew this would happen.
I was being very smart, and have been smart, but I had a feeling that I’d have a set back or two along the way to the NYC Marathon this November.
After my first 30-mile week, things started to go south a bit.
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The 2021 NYC Marathon is 17 weeks, plus one day away.
This week, two weeks before my real “training” begins (aren’t we, as runners, always in training?), I took a GIANT leap forward.
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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!!!
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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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.
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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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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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