Gabriel Tenembaum. MD
Marathon training and actualizing the run are not as "simple" as it may seem. after all, how amazing can it be if over 40,000 people are doing it seemingly with a huge smile and a power fist high five!? We've had an amazing summer. I use triathlon training and competition to balance my athletic workouts in the hopes of minimizing injuries and maximizing the joy inherent in movement; swimming, biking and running. For me the running is by far the most difficult. After participating in several Olympic distance events in the Boston area and upstate NY, placing in the top three for my age group, I was feeling like my training was very "on-course". Then disaster struck, and 2 weeks later I am now just starting to come out of it.
What happened? Veteran seasoned marathoners all claim the long slow run is the key to successful marathon running. slowly I had been increasing my mileage interspersed with swims and cycling at easy pace. I was ready for 19 miles in the pristine beautiful Harriman State Park ( I encourage every body to either hike, bike, or run or swim or picnic or lounge along a lake shore: the color changes of the trees subtly transform the landscape into a kaleidoscope of brilliant greens, yellows, oranges, reds, purples, YES: just look. Highly recommended!!) My marathon is being dedicated to my beloved Mother who passed away this past June, she herself was an avid swimmer and also encouraged my athleticism (and of course my medical studies and family). Running along the beautiful roads of Harriman she often enters my consciousness and besides pouring sweat, I'm not embarrassed to say that there have been moments that even though I was at an extremis in shortness of breath, sobs and tears of sadness poured out of me. At the 18 out of 19 mile mark I sped up to "finish it off", a big NO NO. 2 days later my anterior tibialis was in shock. The pain became so severe that I feared a stress fracture. After confirming X ray and MRI found "only" a stress reaction of the tib-fib, it didn't minimize the excruciating pain of every step. What the heck am I gonna do now? I'm 6 weeks away and can barely walk. Somehow I have to get over it, get better, never give up. Keep the faith and hope that healing and strength will return.
Guess what? Today I'm better! I have the 3 Tenembaum rules of athletics and competition: 1,) show up at the start (working hard to make that happen), 2.) show up at the finish, 3.) enjoy the in between.. I wish you all a very Happy and Sweet New Year, FULL OF BLESSINGS & SUCCESS.
DR T (GABE)
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