Back In The 13.1 Game

It’s been two years since my last half marathon. I remember the pain like it was yesterday. Two months after that event, I had surgery to remove some bone spurs that had caused chronic tendonitis. The surgeon also did a bunionectomy. The procedure took four hours. Hey, go big or go home, right?

Then in February of this year, 13 months after foot surgery, I developed an umbilical hernia which became incarcerated. Another surgery and another recovery.

During the past two years, when not in active recovery from surgery,  I’ve continued working out, though not in the “beast mode” I used to enjoy. While I’ve done a smattering of 5Ks, I’ve not enjoyed the motivation I’m accustomed to. All that’s about to change because last week I registered for this:


I have to say, the thought of doing another half marathon both excites and terrifies me. I’m hopeful my feet hold up through the training. I still have pain from the surgery and I have some tendonitis in my “good foot.”

My training partner, Lynn, is also registered and she very kindly shared her training plan with me. It’s one that is designed to help the runner “just finish, injury-free.” Even though I’ve done 10 half marathons and I know what to expect, two years is a long time to have not trained for this distance. A lot of aging can take place in that amount of time. So, even though the distance is do-able, I want to respect it and take care of myself along the way.

I know this about myself: I’m more motivated to work out hard when I have an event to train for. Andrew Jackson may be just the ticket.

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