The Black Toenail Chronicles Vol. 2

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As you know, recently my running life has been a bit of a bummer.

At this point, I’ve been through a series of epidural steroid injections (three to be exact) and have started physical therapy. I’ve got an interview with my doc on deck in the next few weeks to take you through the whole process which I found fascinating (hopefully you will too).

Anyway, I’ve never felt my age more than I have these past few months. But I’m happy to say that things have finally started to turn in a better direction.

Last week I got on my bike for the first time in more than a month. I’m not setting any records for distance or speed, but I’m in the saddle and starting to build up for my training.

And yesterday, while on vacation, I got my butt out of bed at 6:30, met my 75 year old father in law on the boardwalk outside of the house he rented for the family for the week and ran a full 3.15 miles with him (albeit at more than a 12-minute mile pace – but we RAN!).

I’ve never been more excited to strap on my kicks and do a slow run in my life.

I’ve been worried that I wouldn’t be able to run the NYC Marathon this fall. If I didn’t that would be the first time in more that eight years I didn’t toe the line in Staten Island on the first Sunday in November, and to be honest, that just isn’t acceptable to me.

So while my goal of running the Boston Marathon in the next four years is still alive, my more immediate goal is to make sure that I don’t miss NYC this fall.

And prior to that, I’m planning to run the Runner’s World Half in October (but more on that later).

I’m not quite where I need to be in my training for either race. A mere 5K run in August, when I should be comfortably running 14 miles at this point is far from out of the woods. But there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.

According to my physical therapist, who also happens to be a running coach, if I can comfortably run for an hour by next week (regardless of pace) I’ll be able to make it to the finish line of the race in November.

My plans of a course PR have been dashed, but I’ll be happy to finish.

More to come!

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