The End of the Run or At Least a Significant Hiatus

I got the results from my MRI today and it look like my running career  has come to an end due to Cervical Disk Disease. At a minimum, we are talking a year or two with physical therapy or other treatments with no guarantees that the pain won’t re-occur if I start running again.

cervical disk mri





A possible resolution is surgery to either fuse the affected vertebrae or replace the disks. In either case no running for me for at least a long time. I’m going to really miss running.

Some other things I can do is use an elliptical, a spinner, ride a bike, light weights, and swimming. I’m not really into any of those right now but I’m sure something will piqué my interest and get me off my butt. I’ve already gained 17 pounds in a month of no running. I have some soul-searching to do and find a way out of the funk I’m in. At least I finished a marathon before I was sidelined. A goal I’m very proud of and it was worth every one of the approximately 1,899,200 training steps I ran to get there for a total of 2,004,000 steps.

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18 thoughts on “The End of the Run or At Least a Significant Hiatus

  1. Fit Journey 50

    So sorry to hear this. 😦 You should be proud of your accomplishments! I’m sure you’ll find another challenge before too long.

  2. At least you got to run a marathon… but I do hope there is a way around this!

  3. Sorry for the terrible news. I find the ‘zone’ with swimming and running are quite alike (pacing and breathing and and all that jazz), so maybe you might come to like it.

  4. So sorry to hear this, but you should definitely be proud of your accomplishment. Only like 1% (or less) of people in the world have finished a marathon, and you are in that group! Much luck to you during your treatment/therapy

  5. This must be very devastating for you, I am actually welling up hearing of your news. I am so sorry that your Running Journey has been cut short, it makes me realise how much we take for granted and that to be able to run, is truly a gift!
    I am glad you got to have the last hurrah before it was taken from you, you totally deserve it for all of your hard work and passion!
    I am glad you have blogged this, seeing difficulties of this extent is often something you don’t see, and although it may seem that distance running may no longer be in your future, it helps people/us runners to see the strength and character that everyday runners just like you, encompass.
    I hope to hear more about the new/continued Journey you forge, and I also hope that you find a new joy in the very near future.
    Much love and hugs from one runner to another!

    • Thank you so much for your kind words. I may not be able to continue my current path but my passion and determination, my fire to live a fit and healthy lifestyle has not diminished. I’ll just be taking a new path on my journey. There are people who have overcome so much more than what I face. 🙂

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  7. There should be a “Boo Hiss” button to push; I can’t “like” this post because there is nothing about this news to like.

    With that said, do you have a herniated disc? “Cervical Disc Disease” is so vague. In a five year span, I have had two severely herniated discs that required emergent surgery (oddly, one happened from a cough, the other from a sneeze). Recovery was not as bad as I thought in either case – running again in 3 months. If you want any info, let me know. Here is to hoping that physical therapy and some rest cures all your problems.

    Good luck in finding another form of exercise to keep you bus (and sane!) in the meantime.

    • I do have a slightly herniated disk that seems to get worse with the impact of running. It is very good news to hear there is a possible recovery. I’m determined to not give up yet.

  8. aw am gutted for you 😦

  9. I’m so sorry to hear this, David. My thoughts and prayers are with you and I wish you the best for a speedy recovery.

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