26.2 Marathon

Well it’s over.  My first marathon is behind me, and I am now a runner.  All that training, motivation and hard work paid off in the form of a beautiful Sunday morning run through the streets and parkways of Long Island, and in the end I was left with a medal, an achy body, and a big fat check off my bucket list.

So how was it? It was hard.  Up until about 17 miles I was OK, but after that point, even though I’ve kept up withrunning tips, I think my body was ready to be done.  It took some serious motivation and some slow walks through the hydration stations to continue the marathon.  I learned that the body can indeed be pushed harder and farther than I thought possible, and that the mind is a powerful force.  Upon hitting the wall at the 17 mile point, I had to tell myself that I was not going home without finishing, failure was not an option, and I was going to show the marathon who was boss (to phrase it for a PG rated audience).  These are the moments that make us, and I had plenty of my own.

At the 23rd mile mark, I was able to summon a burst of energy to run until the end, but my quadriceps muscles were not happy about it.  Despite their protest, I carried through to the end, reached the finish line, and emerged a different type of runner, finally joining the ranks of so many who have also completed the full 26.2, going all the way back to Phidippides.  After hydrating, tweeting, and posting, I took the long walk back to my car, a victor in the battle against the Wantagh Parkway.

Now four days later I am recovering nicely.  After resting and stretching, I am now once again able to descend stairs without having to hold on to the banister.  My toenails feel better after I drained the blood from under the nail plate using an 18 gauge needle – one of many conditions I’ve treated in my NYC podiatry office.  And I can still feel the endorphin rush.  Not ready to run quite yet, but really looking forward to the next race.  Think I’ll take a short 10 mile run on Sunday.

See you in the office.

Ernest L. Isaacson, DPM

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Ernest Isaacson Dr. Ernest Isaacson is a graduate of the Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. After completing two years of comprehensive training in various medical specialties including internal medicine, general surgery, orthopedic surgery, vascular surgery, plastic surgery and podiatric medicine, Dr. Isaacson completed a comprehensive one-year podiatric surgical residency. Dr. Isaacson is active in research and publication in basic and clinical science. Dr. Isaacson is also a dedicated family man who enjoys running, reading and spending time with his family.

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