How I miss the open trails and winding paths! Rehab has finally started and hopefully it won’t be long now. It’s hard, doing things like leg lifts and calf raises again, getting the stiffened joint to move.

Today they added the seated bike to the mix. This has to be the most evil contraption know to man. Once the feet are strapped in, the bad knee HAS to bend as the good one straightens. Each rotation brings a new agony. During the work I often think of my running buddy Lilyan… Her hard work, all the therapy she endures. I owe it to her to push with the same resolve.

Doctor’s Report

Ok, I finally made it to see an orthopedic surgeon about the knee. So here it is in a nut shell. The medial meniscus has what’s called a bucket handle tear (see picture) that has also flipped upside down. This is one possible reason for the popping, locking, swelling and bruising. The second finding Continue reading Doctor’s Report

The Lazy Crazy Tri

I am starting to realize more and more what I have put my wife and family through the last few years. This was day 33 since my knee injury and FINALLY I had an MRI to determine what the actual injury is. This evening was supposed to be when I did the Lazy Crazy Tri with Daniel. A first Tri for both of us. Now it was Daniel’s first and my chance to crew him with Ladonna.  Continue reading The Lazy Crazy Tri

There Goes The Streak

Well there it goes, the streak is over! Last year was my 6th straight Crazy 8’s and this year was to be my 7th. That was before that fateful click in my knee a couple of weeks ago.

Still not certain what it was. The ER Doc said it was “classic meniscus”. The comp Doc thinks it’s more of a “stretching of the inside ligament”. Either way I held out hope that I would manage to find a way to get over it in time to make the race. Today knocked those hopes out. No work, no kneeling, no stooping, no lifting, pulling or carrying anything over 10 pounds until at least July 12th. Strangely the doctor is still refusing the MRI that the ER said was needed and the knee is still swelling, locking, bruising.

In other words, no Crazy 8’s this year…

Last Training Event

Everyone, we have decided to add one final training event before Lilyan’s Run. The Endless Mile in Alabama will offer one last chance to put all the lessons learned into practice just two weeks before the start of the big event.

I thought of Lilyan’s Run as a way to try and show how much this young lady inspires me and to try and give something back. Prior to coming up with this crazy plan my longest runs ever in events or training were 26.5 miles, 16 miles and a handful of 13.1 mile half marathons. Once I hit publish on that first blog I knew I had committed myself to having to push harder than I ever thought possible. That is exactly what Lilyan does every day, push and show everyone that she can achieve more than they ever dreamed she could.

The first phase was the Run Under The Stars which ended up being a wash out with severe storms cutting it short. Still, there were a few things learned going forward. Next was Merrill’s Mile, again the weather almost stopped it and lack of sleep was an issue but in the end I was able to stumble my way to my first true ultramarathon. Next I decided to step up the fun and try the 12 pack challenge at the Holston River Endurance Challenge. The first night saw the second ultra in the books, the second resulted in near disaster and sent us looking for solutions. Then there was the Race For The Ages. 100 K fell by the wayside as I more than doubled my previous best and got sage words of advise from some of the most seasoned runners in the world.

All of which brings us to now. In mid October in Alabama we will be trying one last trial and going for 100 miles. Then, less than two weeks later, it will be show time.  Throughout the summer I have logged over 500 miles of motion, training for this and October promises to add another 150 plus miles to that tally. All of the training, planning and anticipation will come to an end at 9:30 AM on November 1st.

Please, if you have not already done so, visit the Lilyan’s Run Donation Page at United Cerebral Palsy and donate. Together we can make a difference.

Dream Big or Go Home – Lilyan’s Run

Everyone, I have been working on something audaciously bold. Something that for me at least is well beyond anything that I have ever tried before and maybe more than I ever will again. I have mentioned it to a few of you but until now I didn’t want to post it because I wasn’t sure that it would actually happen. Well that and after I hit the publish button there will be no turning back. Continue reading Dream Big or Go Home – Lilyan’s Run

Half Of Me

I can FINALLY say these words… I am officially half the man I used to be.Big

banner_1As most of you know I have struggled with weight and food addiction for my entire adult life. At one time in my 20’s I was large enough that I couldn’t weigh on my home scales and ballooned into a size 56 waist and 4 XL shirt. At the BigshouldersDoctor’s office  5 Continue reading Half Of Me

Slowing Down For A Cause

Last weekend was about running, fast and hard and long in the Oak Barrel Half Marathon. This weekend was about slowing down and supporting something bigger, more important.

Ladonna, Sophia, Daniel and Bentley

The Knoxville Alzheimer’s Continue reading Slowing Down For A Cause