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6/5/11 7:16 P

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I am currently training for my first marathon. But, I ran my first half after coming back from a badly broken leg that required surgery and 4 months on crutches. The main thing for me was not to push myself on speed. My goal was finish and nothing more.

That said, I see that they do have a 17k race. You may keep that in mind as a back up plan if you find you're not quite up to the millage when I gets closer to your race.

Good luck!

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6/4/11 5:42 A

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First aerobic workout since my surgery I feel good!!! Fast paced walk for 1hr got 4 miles in and 95% in my HR zone (Fat Burning)


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6/2/11 5:16 P

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Good luck with your training, thank you again for your service.. hope to see you there in October!

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5/30/11 9:17 P

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First of all you are welcome for the service.
I was at 45mpw for about three weeks which is actually shorter than what I was running before I started the Galloway Plan. The PT is going to meet me Thursday but said no to pool time but he would give some cardio ideas on thursday and a non leg related strength training workout plan.

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5/29/11 3:13 P

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Russel, positive attitude is the best way to deal with this. How wonderful that you found a PT also doing service - I hope you can get help as well. Take it easy until your knee is healed enough. I'm sure your overall physical condition is such, that it will be easier to pick up once you are clered to run.
I also want to say thank you for your service to our country. Stay safe.

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5/29/11 9:27 A

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How long were you at 45 mpw? In any case- I think you've got a good shot at doing the marathon comfortably, ASSUMING recovery goes well.

I would check with your doctor about whether aquajogging is ok - it can be mindnumbing but it is a GREAT way to maintain fitness while keeping off the roads and away from impact. Pretty sure no open wounds in the pool, but you know - after the surface has healed if you still can't do anything too stressful see if your PT/Dr say that's ok for you.

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5/29/11 8:08 A

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Russell, just wanted to echo the advice to check with your doctor and PT and to say THANKS for your service....

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts" - Winston Churchill

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5/28/11 11:23 P

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I found there is a PT on post here and he is a marathon runners as well so I am going to try to get in to see him and see if he can help me modify the plan. I was looking at the Hal higdon plan and it looks like I could pick his up in full if I cant find a good way to modify the galloway plan. I am going to keep myself positive. I am bound to run that marathon.

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5/28/11 8:58 P

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I must say I was very surprised to see the person who talked about trading in the race number.

I am not your doctor, but to me running a marathon in the latter part of October (5 months from now) may not be completely out of the question as I see it - based on the extent of the surgery and your running history, but the person(s) who have seen your x-rays and the inside of your knee may have an idea of how realistic a marathon in October is. They might also be able to modify your training program to meet your needs to achieve your goal. Ideally you would want to talk with someone who is into sports medicine, although many orthopods do a pretty decent job.


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5/28/11 8:18 P

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I was up too 45miles a week. I hopefully will not be living in the DC in 2012 so I would prefer not to defer to 2012. I am going to run it even if It means increasing my run/walk ratio but I am thinking here in a couple of days I am going to start riding a stationary bike on very low tension. I will talk to the PT about ideas. The surgery was not into any of the muscles so I should heal quickly. Thank you for the ideas


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5/28/11 12:01 P

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I totally agree with Jan Frandsen, this is a serious medical decision. I want to offer my support on the frustration end it, been there on a smaller level so i know how it feels but your doctor will have the best answers on this. doing the wrong thing could really set you back big time.

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5/28/11 9:36 A

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I'd seriously consider the options of deferment and bib transfer:

"How do I defer my 2011 entry to 2012?
Runners may defer an entry from 2011 to 2012 and guarantee a spot in next year's MCM. All deferred runners will receive an e-mail with detailed instructions in January 2012 including a link and code to re-register in 2012. Runners may only defer one time. The deferment program is now open.

How can I transfer my bib to another runner who wants to run in the 2011 MCM?
The transfer program will open later this year. "

And for this year maybe pick a race later in the year.

It kind of depends on how much you've been running consistently before this incident, what sort of crosstraining you'll be able to do in the next 3 weeks, and stuff like that.

Well... except I guess the Gallowalking program is really long? I was just looking at how far away MCM is and you have a TON of time. So for the time being, I'd say GET WELL and see how your comeback goes since you have so much time before the race. Many training programs are just 16-18 weeks long, so if you can get yourself back in good shape before that time frame you definitely still have a good shot at this.

Otherwise, see my first suggestions!

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5/28/11 5:27 A

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Wow! I am so sorry to hear that!
I agree with speaking with PT and your Dr. Just come back easy and do what you can do. Good luck!

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5/28/11 5:01 A

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I think the safest way to do this is to have a conversation with your physician and a physical therapist and have them help you develop a plan, rather than to get advise from primarily non-medical people on this site.

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5/28/11 12:04 A

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I am signed up for the marine corps marathon at the end of october. Here is what I need help with: I am currently deployed to Iraq and I was just through the 3rd week of my galloway training plan and I had been running for two months before that building a good base. I ended up getting a Staph infection in my knee and they had to do surgery to clean out the infection. Now I am down for at least three weeks. I plan on doing strength training that does not involve pressure on the knee. Does anyone have ideas on how to tweek the plan to get back to where I was at before the surgery? I was doing really good and I will do what it takes to get back before the marathon even iff it is 2 a days. Any help is appreciated?

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