Pittsburgh Marathon: A Year Later

Well, I’ve been pretty much off the grid and off the streets for the past few weeks or so. I find when I don’t run in the early a.m. it alters my schedule — and the open window that I have each morning to write a blog post closes quickly. Wow. Who says I’m a slave to a now 35-year routine of getting up well before 4 a.m. and hitting the concrete at 5?

And for those of you who stop by here regularly or even occasionally, you know that I’ve been fretting over some serious pain in my left foot for about a year now. It ain’t going away — and the docs and therapists have concluded that it’s just something I’ll have to live with. Go figure. (Interesting NYT article here about dealing with sports injuries.)

Anyway, I was thinking about this again yesterday when I received an e-mail update about the Pittsburgh Marathon. The race will be held this Sunday — and even though I didn’t register or plan to register, I guess I’m on some kind of alumni list. Last year at this time I was all set to run the Pittsburgh Half Marathon when the foot began hurting. So it goes.

I guess I could settle on spending eternity grinding away on the elliptical trainer. But nah. I’m going to give it at least another shot. I went a week or so ago to get fitted for a custom orthotic, and I’m going to get that tomorrow. We’ll see.

Hey — I didn’t call this PR on the Run for nothing.

And I know I’m not going to make it back to Pittsburgh for the marathon or half marathon.

But gee. It should would be great to get back on my early a.m. schedule of being on the streets — and on the grid.


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