Friday, August 5, 2016
Today was my 2,483rd consecutive day of running. This ties my longest streak, which I broke in October 2009. On that day, I was just over 1 mile on a 3-mile road run at Huntsville State Park. I was going down a short, but steep hill, when I got a tremendous knee pain. I ran a painful mile the following day before I had an MRI done. The doctor looked at the MRI and said that I tore 80 percent of my quadraceps attached to my left knee. He convinced me not run run for fear of tearing the other 20 percent. So, I did not run for 4 days. I saw an orthopedic surgeon who confirmed the tear. However, he said that it was not a new tear and I could run all I wanted to. The pain was probably just some bone hitting bone. The other doctor specifically told me that I tore it that week. So, I started a new streak on October 19, 2009, thinking that I would be 75 years old when I got back to 2,483 days. Darn, I'm there. Late this morning, I went to Huntsville State Park to run the same 3-mile course that I tried to run when I broke my streak. I was especially careful going down that steep hill. I finished it this time.