I know it has been a long time since I posted, but I am going to start posting again on a more regular basis. For those of you have not been following me, I had the honor of winning the Baltimore Marathon for the second time back on October 17th 2015. It was a great experience and once again the support of the city of Baltimore was amazing. Corrigan Sports continues to do a superb job of organizing running events in the Baltimore area. Other events include the Baltimore 10 Miler and the Frederick Running Festival. I would like to thank Jami Gobao and her Under Armour team not only for their support, but providing me with the most bad ass running gear for training and racing. If you have not tried any of the new Under Armour running shoes you are definitely missing out. I would also like to thank Custom Collagen and Dominic Sessa. I have been using Custom Collagen Hydrolyzed Gelatin ever since injuring my hip leading up to the 2014 Baltimore Marathon. Not only has it helped with my overall well-being it allowed my hip to reach a point that I was able to train and race after doctors told me it would not happen without surgery. It has also helped my recovery from the arthroscopic hip surgery I had back in November (more about the surgery below). Leading up to the 2015 Baltimore Marathon I tweaked my hip again by stepping in a hole while running on a grass field with high grass. Over the past 4 years I would get my hip to a point that I could train/race, but all it took was one slip on mud/ice or stepping into a hole to bring back the pain in my hip. Unfortunately this past fall it happened again a little over one month before the race. With the Baltimore Marathon being so close taking time off was not an option. I ended up changing my entire training program to one where I would do one big workout (high volume/high intensity) once every 4 days. The three days in between would consist of two days off and one day of 20-30 minutes of running. By the fourth day my hip was recovered enough to put in another long/hard effort. In addition to the training changes I was able to see Dominic Sessa a few times in the weeks leading up to the race. The body work he did was amazing. I have never met someone with as much knowledge of the human body and how the different parts interact than Dominic Sessa.
Post marathon I spoke with Medstar Doctor Kenneth Tepper who I had seen in 2013 (along with Doctor Matthew Sedgley) after dropping out of the marathon halfway with left hip/leg pain. First he told me he could not believe I was able to run a marathon with what he had seen in the MRI I had done on my hip 1 year ago. Then he told me when I was ready to take care of my hip once and for all that I should let him know. I had another MRI completed and he performed arthroscopic surgery on my left hip on November 23rd. Initially Dr. Tepper had thought it would just be a simple repair of a torn labrum, but after going in he decided that the head of my femur needed to be shaved down as well. Shaving the head of the femur made it more symmetrical and would hopefully keep the injury from ever occurring again. While repairing the torn labrum he also had to re-attach it with some plastic screws and sutures.
I did not run a step for almost 16 weeks, but was able to ride the stationary bike after around 8 weeks. I am happy to say that I am back to running again and expect to be back to 100% in the next few months. I am still not 100%, but have been able to get in some solid mileage and workouts over the past couple of months.
I am going to do another post about this later, but my next race is going to be the Baltimore 10 Miler on June 4th. I have done the race 3 times before and thoroughly enjoyed my experience each time. If you would like to do the race you can get a $10.00 discount if you use this code B10ZOO !!! It will also be televised live on WMAR ABC2!
Articles from Baltimore Marathon 2015
- The Baltimore Marathon–My Story
- Charm City Run Interview with owner Josh Levinson (post race/post hip surgery)
- Stevenson Cross Country Head Coach Dave Berdan Wins Baltimore Marathon
- WBAL–Stevenson Helps Coach Berdan Celebrate Baltimore Marathon Win
- WBAL–Dave Berdan Wins Baltimore Marathon
- Baltimore Sun Article