Pittsburgh Marathon Training – Breakthrough

I mentioned previously the 2012 Pittsburgh Marathon is a comeback run of sorts for me.  Comeback #4 or #5 for the career of this adult-onset athlete; it’s hard to keep track.  One year ago, February 14, 2011, I slipped on ice, fell, and broke my right tibia and fibula.  Last week, I completed my first double digit run, since breaking my leg.

Nothing major, nothing all that remarkable, just a 10 miler, that’s what my training plan called for last week.  But, for whatever reason, those double digit miles loomed large.  I’m 6 weeks into my marathon training, and worried whether my leg would hold up.  The training hasn’t been easy.  Heck, I’m training for a marathon – if it were easy, everyone would do it.  Fortunately, for the most part, my right leg – formerly known as broken – has responded well.  [I just ignore the recurring shin splints in my left leg.]  Anyhow, this particular morning, I laced up my shoes, inserted my earbuds, and headed out the door for my 10 miler.

I plodded along the Erie Canal Trail.  The weather was brisk, and deteriorated as time passed.  The miles added up, the wind kicked up, and I plodded on, slowly, steadily.  I thought about the charity I committed to run for, Give Kids The World Village (GKTW).  The families on vacation at GKTW constantly struggle with far worse than I; the Wish children at GKTW all have life-threatening illnesses, have dealt with doctors, hospitals, stress, and uncertainty for a large chunk of their lives.  I had a broken leg and couldn’t run for a year.  I’m running now; I’m running for them, and before I knew it I was running back up my driveway, 10 miles complete.  One more step to becoming… tough as steel… a runner of steel… ignore the noise.

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About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.