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Soon to be retired runner joins forum

wmccall614wwmccall614 Posts: 2
edited 09/09/2013 - 5:06 AM in New Member Introductions
I've been online far longer than most people and have been a regular in many forums of things that interest me for many many years. I was on xxx site before people even knew what the internet was.

Now here I am, 54 years old turning here. After highschool I got married, had a life, got fat and lazy. In 2008 I decided to do something about it and turned to my love of running, which I did in highschool where I set a life goal to run a marathon. After losing 75 pounds and feeling great, I ran several thousand miles, 100 5ks, 25 10ks, 7 half marathons and in OCt of 2011 I completed the full marathon in one of the best moments of my adult life. I have a stressful job and running has been the greatest mental health tool I have found. I joke with people that running saves lives (of my coworkers).

After the marathon things started going downhill with back issues and 3 steroid shots kept me going, but when they stopped helping as much they referred me to the surgeon. Basically I have 2 discs, L4 and L5 (I think I have an L6) that are very thin and some scoliosis. The surgeon said fusion and I am scheduling it for Jan of 14.

He said my running days are over, which breaks my heart, but I haven't run effectively since fall of 2012. I can't help wonder if I'm rushing into this or should get a second opinion.

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