I am a lucky man in my 50’s with a wonderful and loving wife, a father of five awesome children and grandfather to seven. I have served 26 years in the U.S. Navy.
When I turned 50 I decided to do some things I’d always wanted to but never seemed to find the time. One of those things was to run a marathon. Back when I was in highschool I saw a made for TV movie about a woman who, against all odds and advice decided to train for and run the Boston Marathon. That movie left a lasting impression on me and now it is my goal to eventually qualify and run the Boston Marathon.
Other feats of endurance have caught my attention over the years as well. The Ironman Triathlon and The Spartan Race Trifecta and Championship. I plan to start incorporating training for these other events after my first marathon and on the way to Boston.
I finished my first Half Marathon in September 2013 and my first Marathon in October of the same year. During my training for these two events I had developed an annoying neck pain and was seeing a Physical Therapist about it. It seemed to get worse after my longer runs, including the Half.
A few days after the Marathon it got really bad. After seeing the Doc again he diagnosed Cervical Radiculopathy (Pinched Nerve). After an MRI I was also diagnosed with Cervical Disk Disease between C6 and T1 and in my lower back as well. I was told I couldn’t run again and the pounding was just too much, at least not until after a couple of years of PT.
My PT changed with this new information and my Physical Therapist was convinced the my posture was to blame and not so much the pounding. After only four months, I was pain and numbness free. My posture is much better and I have been cleared to restart my running.