Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Last night I went for a run.

What's the big deal? People run all the time. Triathletes probably run more than most Joe citizens. Triathletes that expect to complete a 1/2 ironman would expect to be able to run fairly frequently. I won't even get into the speed or lack of speed issue now.

It is a big deal to me since the last time I ran was June 18 at the JPMorganChase Corporate Challenge. The rain started about 10 minutes before I started running with 18,000 of my close warm personal friends around 3.5 miles of Central Park. Some were running with umbrellas. Really. The thunder and lightning started when I hit the 1 mile mark. My left calf, left hamstring and left butt started hurting once we started going up the hills on the north side of the park. When I finished I could barely walk. I still finished and cut off about 10 minutes from my time the previous year. The next day was agony.

I tried rest and that didn't fix it.

I tried ART and chiropractic and that didn't fix it.

I saw my regular doc for muscle relaxants and anti-inflammatories and that didn't fix it.

I started PT and that didn't fix it.

I saw the doc who did my back operation years ago. He told me it wasn't my back but most likely muscular.

So, I've been out of the game for for over 3 months. Cancelled doing the Mighty North Fork Tri. Deferred out of the NYC Tri. Walked the Mighty Hamptons Tri 2 weeks ago.

So I was pretty happy with running a mile at a 13:05 and then walking home. I look forward to going for another run soon. We'll see how my leg holds up.

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