Saturday, September 22, 2012

Back To Running


A former neighbor of mine just completed a 26-mile marathon. For months he's been training every day and has chronicled his workout program leading up to this marathon on Facebook. Today as his wife posted the pictures of him jogging to mile 10, then to mile 22 all the way to the finish line, I couldn't help but be inspired.

If he can do that, so can I. Well, maybe not a marathon, but a 5K run is something to strive for. As I mentioned in previous posts, I'm trying to recover physically from the setback of breast cancer. My legs have been stiff and sore for more than three years. I was in the operating room for almost 24 hours when I had my third reconstructive surgery back in 2009. I think it's because my legs were numb for so long during that surgery, but for whatever reason, I've had partial neuropathy in my lower legs every since.

The doctors claim it is a chronic side effect from chemo. But I know it was from that surgery because since I left that hospital, it never went away. I was anemic for awhile too. Still, I've been riding on these excuses for way too long. Before the cancer hit, I was in much better shape and I have yet to bounce back.

So I'm trying to keep it simple by just running. When I lived down in Stamford, the high school track was right behind my condominium complex and I would run there about three times a week. Then I moved north and bemoaned the fact that I had to drive all the way across town to get to the Shelton track and half the time it was gated and locked up.

That was some excuse to stop running. However, I have continued walking 30 to 50 minutes a few times each week. As I was heading up the hill one evening, I watched a bunch of cars streaming out of The Pitney Bowes parking lot. Then it occurred to me that the perimeter of the lot looked like it was a quarter of a mile--the exact distance of a high school track. I drove my car around the lot four times and sure enough, it was exactly one mile.

Yesterday I barely managed to run an entire quarter mile. But I know how to do this. Tomorrow I'll hit the quarter-mile mark. Next, I have to break the half-mile barrier. Perhaps in a month, I will be able to run an entire mile. I like the fact that I am running in the quiet of nature. I can see Long Island from the top of the hill.

It just goes to show sometimes the answers to your problems are right under your nose. There it was all along. My own private running track with a panoramic view overlooking the Long Island Sound.

There's no excuses now.

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