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  • 5 minutes and 21 seconds....
    It doesn’t exactly haunt me anymore but it does pester me, like that stubborn smudge on the lens of your glasses or that just out of reach itch. I’m told I should be happy I finished and a part of me is but I’m a competitor, and unless I hit my goal, I will NEVER feel truly satisfied.

    In 1997 I underwent full reconstructive knee surgery and in 2007 I ran my first and only marathon.
    After a painful 11 months of rehab, I promised a lot of doctors I wouldn’t run anymore.

    I lied.

    Weeks prior to the marathon I felt an all too familiar pain in that same knee. I was certain I had torn something but I had trained so hard for the marathon I decided not visit my doctor…or tell my wife. My mind was made up, I was going to compete.

    I felt great throughout most of the race, crossing the 13 miles marker at roughly an hour and forty minutes. But then the knee began to weaken and by mile 19 the swelling was horrific. My cousin Monica, sweet as she is, met me at mile 19 and ran the rest of the way with me, carrying a bag of ice and offering some much needed words of encouragement.
    I finished the marathon but missed my goal of under 4 hours. A few months later I was diagnosed with two torn ligaments in my right knee and underwent surgery.
    I haven’t run a marathon or done much distance running since. But that 05:21 has bothered me for years and it's about time I do something about it.
    I was 36 when I ran my first marathon. Now I’m 41. It won’t be easy, but that’s exactly what will make it so much sweeter. Stay tuned.
    Competition On!
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