Sunday, July 11, 2010

Where to Begin?

Lake Koocanusa near the family cabin in Rexford, Montana.

This can only begin with an apology for not posting anything to the Runners On Trails blog site for nearly half a year. Last you heard from me I was jumping into the freezing ice-choked waters of Town Creek, Oxford. So much has happened in these past months, but very little has to do with running on trails. These legs haven’t been on a run in over three months, and it may be longer than that until I can run again.

On April fourteenth I seriously hurt my back. I spent the better part of 6 weeks on my back for 20 hours a day. My family drove me to appointments, lacrosse games, and graduations while I laid flat in the back of Julius (nearing his 240,000th mile). Gradually, the amount of time “up” on my feet or sitting has increased, but I am still in sciatic pain daily, yet, getting better daily. It has been an excruciatingly slow recovery.

Now, my adventuring includes core/back exercises every morning, physical therapy twice a week, swimming lightly twice a week, and cycling slowly, increasing my time by two minutes a day. The doctor told me I do not need surgery, that I tore a disc, that I have three discs that are showing normal signs of age and deterioration, and that I should probably never take up running again. If that last comment caught your eye, what do you think it has done to me?

Every aspect of my life has been affected by the back injury. Nothing is the same, and though I am told by several professionals in the field that I will make a complete recovery, it is hard to imagine being the same again.

My family and friends have been hugely wonderful to me. It is difficult for me to rely on people to “do” for me. I do not know how I would be making it through this bout without my wife, Carita. She has been an angel in more ways than one.

Where does all this leave the blog? Let’s just get on with things from the trail. In my next post, I hope to write about my last run in Montana in early April…during a snow storm. Appreciate what is in front of you ~