You may have noticed that of late I don't talk about running as much on this blog and there's a very good reason for that, I've not been able to run for about a year now. After pushing my body hard through twelve marathons since 2011, it turns out I have two bulging discs in my back which have been causing all kinds of problems.
I was training with some friends, me for NYC, them for Chicago and Portland marathons, and they suggested using compression socks to help, which did improve the cramping, but I still knew there was still something fundamentally wrong and it was a temporary fix to get me through the upcoming race.
That sounded like it made sense, but over the weeks of therapy I felt like I was getting worse not better and I started experiencing lower back pain and then really bad muscle spasms in my back which made it hard to sit or sleep.
All the exercises and chiropractic manipulations by the physical therapy doctor had just exacerbated the problem.
We always used to run past this miniature garden Statue of Liberty when we were training for the New York Marathon and it used to keep me motivated in the home stretch, plus the Will Rogers Park Fountain and Beverly Hill's Witch's House were some of my sights on my walk.
I have to say all these physical problems have been a bit depressing in recent months, without being able to exercise properly weight gain has been a problem, and I miss running with my friends and competing in marathons massively.
I'm hoping that with more work my back problems will start getting better soon, otherwise it'll be back to the doctor yet again, but in the meantime when I have days as glorious as this to enjoy, life doesn't seem too bad.
I'm keeping everything crossed that my marathon running isn't over, but I'd settle for my body getting back to some semblance of normal.
Let's see what the future holds...