“All clear. Dispatch. Enjoy your ride.”
Anyone else remember those words from their childhood summers? All throughout grade school and high school I would spend countless hours at Six Flags Great Adventure, riding rides, playing games, and eating bad food. If only life were that still simple still, right?
This morning I received wonderful news from the doctor. He said that the chest x-ray looked good…so good in fact that it was like the injury never even happened. He encouraged me to get back to my normal routine, and above all, to just keep moving. As I walked out the door and headed to my car, my first thought was “It’s time to run!” (That was the thought at least. I of course had to get those adult responsibilities, like going to work, out of the way first.)
Right after work I slipped on my running clothes, laced up, and headed out the door with my wife and son. We headed straight for the boardwalk, because let’s be honest, there’s not a better place to run in New Jersey than the boardwalk in the summer. As we stood at the beginning of the boardwalk, I was a bit nervous about how the run would go, but sometimes you just have to just dive right in. So dive in I did.
I managed to finish 2 miles in 23:57, or just under a 12 minute pace. I stopped to walk a couple of times, mainly due to a stitch like pain in my upper ribs and chest, right around where the incision for the surgery was. Thankfully I was able to power through it to finish. Having my wife and son by my side definitely gave me motivation to finish strong.
Was it my best run? No. But, it’s definitely a good starting place as I make my comeback. I’ll be beating that 6:36 mile PR in no time!
Personal Note: I just want to thank everyone for their kind words, prayers, and support throughout my injury and recovery. You all make writing this blog and spending time on Twitter and Facebook an enjoyable experience. So again, thank you. Now get out there and run!