Monday, March 20, 2017

Another year, another L.A. Marathon I couldn't run...

Any runner will tell you how frustrating it is not being able to run when you're recovering from an injury, but on a marathon day it's even more annoying. For the second year in a row I had to cheer from the sidelines rather than join my friends and charity teammates on L.A.'s Stadium to Sea course because I'm still recovering from a bad back.

Supporting LA Marathon runners
But knowing how important it is to see a friendly face, or hear a cheer of support from a stranger on race day, we camped out between miles 14 and 15 as runners made their way down the hill along San Vicente Boulevard in West Hollywood.
2017 LA Marathon runners
My last two L.A. Marathons in 2014 and 2015 were real scorchers, so it was nice to see the day started with some cooling mist, but the sun soon burned through and you could see even at this stage in the race it was having an effect on some of the runners.

We came prepared for our friends and had bags of ice to hand out to keep them cool and water to top up their running bottles, as others have done in the past for us when we've participated.
LA Marathon 2017 runners
Even though I wasn't running, it still felt like race day and I can't wait to be back out there myself in the future.

Congratulations to all the 24,000 runners who competed and hopefully finished the race, I didn't envy those hot last few miles on the way to Santa Monica.
LA Marathon 2017 runners West Hollywood
In hindsight I realise now I should have stopped running when I first experienced the nerve pain symptoms in my leg, and not continued to run another three marathons or so.

I've been working for months on trying to strengthen my core to compensate for two bulging discs in my back, it's been slow and painful work, often two steps forward and one step back. I've even started to try and run a mile at a time again, then walk another four or five miles of my old training route.

I ran the 26.2 mile course from 2011 to 2015, plus also ran Honolulu, San Francisco, New York (twice), Vancouver (twice) and the London Marathon, so here's hoping I'll one day be able to lace up my shoes again and run another L.A. Marathon...

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