In 2013 I ran my first London Marathon running for the charity Children with Cancer. Believe it or not it was the most enjoyable 26.2 miles I have ever run. The crowds were over flowing, not a section without 4 people deep on the pavements. The London Marathon is still the biggest fundraising one day event in the world. Some 9 months later I had my first Total Hip Replacement. My X-rays suggest that hip number two should also be replaced but as the surgeon said – “we treat the symptoms not the X-rays” . My symptoms are right now totally under control. I’ve kept up with all my rehab and strengthening exercises for both hips, get regular massage work done, listen very carefully to my body and rest when a few years ago I would have kept going.
Last year, some 11 weeks after surgery, I ran Philadelphia’s prestigious Broad Street 10 mile Run, followed by The Rock ‘en Roll half marathon in September, followed by the Chicago marathon in October. Since then – I have decided to revisit the London Marathon. Some have asked me why are you pushing your luck and speeding up the need for another surgery ? My answer “If there’s something I can be doing while waiting for the inevitable to happen I would rather achieve something and stay physically and mentally strong than have something else control me”. So – I have trained sensibly on a three runs a week program and cross trained in between. I’ll be running again for Children with Cancer and fund raising for children who are really in pain. My left hip can last a little bit longer. Check out my link if you would like and if you’d like to help out and donate anything would be well appreciated.
Thanks for reading and for those who are recovering – be patient, listen to your body but don’t let it control you. Push yourself and rest properly before you try to go a little further the next time.