Central Park, I have missed you.
There really is nothing like New York in the Fall. If you have any doubts, watch You’ve Got Mail. It’s basically a love letter to NYC throughout the seasons, which I just love.
Where was I? Oh, yeah. I went running!
I’m sure that was what was on your mind when you woke up this morning. Not that silly little storm bearing down on the Eastern seaboard as I type.
In my world, two successful post-op runs in a row is far more newsworthy than Sandy the Monster. Ok, that’s probably not true for anyone else but me but I’m gonna write about it anyway.
I ran my very first run back on my beloved Bridal Path in Central Park. I was greeted with cool temperatures, a quiet path, and the most beautiful scenery NYC has to offer.
Sadly, Sandy is currently blowing away all of my beautiful leaves and trees.
I’m really glad I got two full runs in before this nonsense took over because several happy things happened on my run:
- I didn’t have to stop once, not for anything.
- I ran 1.75 on Saturday and 2.5 on Sunday.
- I feel great.
- My body doesn’t feel beat to hell like it did last time.
- No one ran into me.
I spent the past two years figuring out how to run with this disease. When I was able to run, it was always interrupted by having to make a mad dash for the bathroom. Multiple times. Every run. No exceptions. It was not a way to live and it beat my spirit.
It started with a bag and Rosebud.
And now, it’s me and my pouch. 1.75 miles and no panic. 2.5 miles and no fear. For the first time since all this started a month ago, I am hopeful that I will be able to get my life back.
One run at a time. One mile at a time. One step at a time.
I’m off and running! How about you? Who knows–you might just spot me at a half-marathon sometime this Spring. You never know! In the mean time, you can find me at the medical tent of the New York City Marathon with my fellow NYU DPT students. I don’t want to see any of you there, ok?
Now go out and run!
(Unless you are on the East Coast, in which case ARE YOU CRAZY?!?! GET INSIDE!!!!)