Tuesday, March 26, 2019

It will be a while longer before I run another marathon

I had hoped that I will be able to get back to running and complete the 26.2 miles distance at the Chicago Marathon this year on October 13th. Even though it is 6.5 months away, my performance during yesterday's one mile walk/run near my home gave me enough proof to conclude that it is very unrealistic for me to aim to run a marathon this year. 

I have been off running since I got hit by a car back in June last year. I had a surgery on my left knee in July last year and got a metal plate embedded to compensate for the broken tibial plateau. Since then I have had 2 brain surgeries as well - my second craniotomy in July 2018, and my third craniotomy in January 2019.  

After being mostly inactive physically since June 2018, I started back on regular working out - mainly slow walking for 2-4 miles - early this month.

Yesterday, I tried running for the first time after 8 months. It was not an enjoyable experience. I couldn't keep up the striding action for more than 2-3 steps at a time. To my utter surprise even my right leg was being uncooperative during my short attempts at running. 😒 

It might be that my body has totally forgotten the various movements of the muscles and bones, etc. to carry on moving at a pace faster than a walking pace.

I will have to meet my Orthopedic Surgeon for a followup appointment soon and also figure out the necessity for & the specifics of a Physical Therapy program to get me back to a running shape in the next year or two.

Motivation to run is not at all a problem. I am convinced that being physically fit is of paramount importance in my ongoing adventure with Glioblastoma. Here's hoping that I will succeed in overcoming the physical limitations and get back to running marathons in a couple of years.


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