I started running around May of 2010. A friend called me up and said, “Hey, we’ve been wanting to get back into shape, there’s a 5k next week, lets do it” I said ok and started training. I ran once before that race, it was a little more than 2 miles. I thought I was going to die. On that first race, I ran with nearly 400 other people, and finished in the smoking fast time of 28 minutes 2 seconds.
I managed to win 3rd place in my age group, and was instantly hooked. Now I’m sure I only placed in the age group because of a serious lack of competition, but I thought I had really done something.
I started running with a little more frequency, and within about 3 months I had worked up myself up to a 6 mile long run. I heard about the Danville Half Marathon that would have been in November (this was August or so) and set my sights to running it. I had no idea what I may be capable of, but I decided that 2 hours or less was a good time to shoot for.
Around October I was up to running 13 miles, and I ran sub-2 hours in a training run. At that point, I was lost with where to go. I found a half marathon to run in Greensboro, the Cannonball Run. I finished in 1:44:31. I was ecstatic, but I knew I had left some time on the table. I decided I could shave nearly 10 minutes off in the 7 weeks before the Danville Half. I ratcheted up training a little more. 13 mile long runs every week, track type speedwork every week, not to mention a race every Saturday the whole time.
The Saturday before the half, I ran a personal best 5k (19:55) and felt great. I started to taper, only running 11 miles that Sunday for a long run. One last run, on Wednesday, left me hurting. I limped around for a day or two, but by the day of the race, I wasn’t hurting anymore.
I start running the race, and before I reached the first mile I had a twinge of pain again. Fast forward to the 8 mile marker, and I couldn’t walk anymore.
I took a DNF at the race, and went to the hospital. Next thing I knew, they were admitting me to the emergency room and telling me I was going to have surgery that night.
They pinned my hip with three pins that night, and I checked out the next morning.
I spent the next two months on crutches and with a cane before I could return to work. I finally got back to running in Febuary of 2011, and have since run 5k’s, a 10k and a half marathon.
Amazingly, I broke my own personal best by 5 minutes in the half marathon. I still am chasing down that sub-20 5k time again.
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