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Rollercoaster Ride

The following post I started to write on March 29, 2011 as I prepared to run the Fargo Marathon in May of the same year. For some reason I stopped writing and didn’t post it:

It is a cliché’ to say that life is a rollercoaster ride. We all know that things go well and then they don’t. Rinse and repeat.

I have never run a marathon with 2 good knees. I injured my knee playing basketball in January of 1991, waited to have surgery until December of the same year. I didn’t rehab the knee as well as I should and have had stability issues with it ever since. When I started getting serious about running I was always able to run straight forward without pain, but never without fear that the knee would play tricks on me. From time to time the knee would tweak while going down stairs or while playing with my kids in the yard, but I was always able to run. Now within the last year, my knee will tweak on occasion while running. Today was one of those days. It stinks. I feel like I can run the marathon

The interesting part of this finished post is that I can hardly remember the knee tweak in question as I was able to complete the Fargo Marathon that year with no issues with my knee. What I do remember is I did where a knee sleeve for both that marathon and Chicago 2o11. The curse of the knee sleeve…

This year I dedicated myself to running unaided (no knee sleeve/support) and so far it has been a success. The knee feels stronger than in more years than I can remember with no trickiness while running. Yeah it still gets weird on me at the oddest times, but if I can run with no pain in that knee I will take that deal every time.

I once heard a story about a man who was told by his doctor not to run as he had some damage floating around in there. Instead of quitting, he ran longer and imagined the pounding was grinding the debris into minute particles that no longer bother him. That man went on to be a Ultra-Marathoner. The mind wins again.

Get Away – I Mean It

Sometimes running is just for fun.  Other times to get fit and yet other times it is to prevent throwing a fit. When life’s stressors just add up to too much and that person who just won’t see things your way has you down, run away. Of course you have to come back to work, family, rush hour traffic, but at least you had a few minutes or miles to get a release and find a new perspective on the situation that has you taxed.

If you haven’t run from your problems before,  give it a try. If you have, you know what I mean. Life will still be there when you get back, but you will be better prepared to handle it.

Move or Bust (Bust a Move)

As this blog has been geared for the plus 40 crowd of runners, we can see or feel that some days are more difficult to get moving than others. My daughters got me motivated to get out for a long run on Sunday,  followed by my youngest son wanting to go for a walk and then my wife wanting to play tennis in the afternoon. All of which had their hurdles for this oldish man.

To my surprise my body was able to handle all of the activity in a relatively short period of time. Can’t say I will be doing a triple like that again anytime soon, but the point is that one won’t know what one is capable of until one gets out and does it.

The next day was a bit a chore to get moving again, but I was able to get for a 4 mile lunch hour run, so I must not be too bad off.

Keep plugging, keep running.

Balance

Father’s Day seems to be a logical restart to the blog that has been a big part of my life and my family.  As the last entry noted I joined a band and the added hobby took too much time away from running consistantly to have time to write about it as well. My bad.

As with any activity of merit there is always the give and take of work, family, life and death, The death part becomes more of a concern over 40 as parents, aunts and uncles are just of that age where time is running out. Throw in the unexpected diagnosis or accident and it is a mine field to make it a year or 2 without having the death of a significant person throw off one’s own healthful concerns. It may be self to write about it in these terms, but remember without your health then you become someone else’s unexpected family death.

Running is one of those hobbies that should not be taken for granted. Finding that balance to make it a priority is important to both yourself and your family. Think about the stress that is released on that run and then think about that since that stress is now gone it is not turned on your family since it is gone, gone, gone…. Gone enough? Ok.

I run during the week during my lunch hour and just one weekend long run, so time away from my family is limited.  There is time out there,  just need to find it.

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