Recently, I contacted the L.A. Marathon. Last I heard, there were less than 250 spots for this year’s race and I know it will sell out. I hold one of these coveted spots, but I can’t run it. I was interested to see if LA had a waiting list. That way I could just transfer my entry to a healthy runner, and get back my $125 entry fee. I think it is a win-win situation. That did not happen, but the marathon is letting me transfer my registration to next year! I had to send in a letter and a doctor’s note stating my injury. I am so excited. I was really looking forward to running this year, especially with the new, awesome course; I was crushed when I realized it would not happen this year.
I’ve not got my eyes on a prize and a post-surgery goal. Watch out, L.A. Marathon 2011!
With that said, it will be tough to get into marathon shape by next March. I can’t even have surgery until May, and this type of surgery usually has a 6-8 month recovery time for being able to get back into sports. I will, however, be on the bike a couple weeks after surgery, and I will have to use the bike to slowly build my endurance. I know next year’s LA won’t be another sub 4 marathon, and I definitely will not qualify for Boston, but I plan on slowly jogging it, and probably walking through all of the water stops and possibly more than that also.
My goal is to complete a marathon next year after my third knee surgery! I am making this promise to myself that I won’t get discouraged and I won’t get discouraged with my time. Finishing a marathon 10 months after knee surgery will be a reward in itself.