How I Ran A Marathon With Spinal Injuries – Never Give Up
Looking back at Jan 7th, 1990 well it was impossible, it was 4 days later waking up in hospital having the news of the possibility of being a quadriplegic or how did you get out of it? Yes, it was a pretty bad accident I was told. Yet survived. This is my story of a Marathon. Now, look at me 26 years later and…
My comment is never, give up. If I can run a marathon, what stopping you doing anything. Find out how I did then think of your WHY!It’s a strange feeling waking up finding out you had been through an incident which is probably a good thing. Yes, there were other injuries and when they say, we don’t know what you will be able to do. Was hard to understand.
I didn’t know any different as not remembering any of my past, it would not have been difficult been in a wheelchair, after all, it is a new life. Not even knowing if walking was part of the pre-accident life. Hard to comprehend unless you have been through it.
One day it was getting out of bed
and finding it was possible to walk and yet. 10 steps later the tiredness of that walk was incredible. There was no joy just a really tired, what happens next. Then walking became very natural.
Funny though no rehab, just do it on your own, how time has changed in the medical world. Sort of makes you think are people too dependent on others and not using your own self-strength and determination to get ahead.
You see 4 days after waking up from the injury, they sent me home. Why? because I could walk, very well? No, they just said go home for 12 months and they will review on the 12 month anniversary of the accident.
Wow 12 months of not doing much was pretty amazing, there is a story here which will come out another day that day Jan 7th, 1991 scans, CT’s more photos than you ever would think they said you can
Do what you like and if it hurts, STOP,
don’t go on anything which if you feel you might injury your neck
don’t go on anything which if you feel you might injury your neck
Well, my only comment “Can I Run” that came back with a no you can’t but if you do if it hurts stop.There you go I started running, daily, over a period of time. Soon I went and moved to Melbourne Australia. Oct 1991
I moved in with 2 guys and they watch me run every night. Then would run 10k, 15 or 20k a night every single night.Then one day one of the guys said why not run the Melbourne Marathon. Now, I laughed and thought that 42 Kilometers (26 miles)
Then I thought why not?
So I made the step and bought a registration to the event. One question has you done one before. “I wish”
Then the day arrived.
You know this is when I started to learn (well now in 2016 realize how important a mentor is)
The Marathon was on a Sunday, still running up to Friday doing 10 k runs.
When arriving there 1/2 before was the half marathon and so close to pulling out as you think, with a spinal injury you would really be doing damage.
The day before lost all my marathon running gear, so 10 mins before the shops closed I managed to get in there and said to the guy. Hey man, I need new runners, socks, top as my gear had disappeared. Told him they must be the best gear. So he said to get these shoes and you will never know you ran a marathon. So I bought these shoes and hoped no blisters etc.
Back to the Day
As I said I was nearly going to do the half marathon, but, I didn’t. So we all lined up and thinking if this is going to happen. Let us get into this so, I was branded, first marathon color coded to run at the back to allow the top guns a free run at the front.
Not me I snuck up and was in the 2nd row right on the side. Wow here are these Kenyans, some other amazing faces of people who comfortably run sub 3 hrs and less.
OMG so the gun went off The Marathon
and I ran man that was the hardest first 10 mins, these guys were sprinting lol
Now to get into a good speed. All was going well and ran side by side with some, slowed down or sped up.
Every 5-kilometer mark there was a timer and at the 35 k mark, I was at a 2 hr 50 min finish time. Gosh so excited.
Then at the last 4-kilo mark, it happened muscle breakdown. I literally stopped, but, I didn’t as knowing when you stop you Stop!
There are people on the sideline, clapping, cheering people on, knowing getting to the end it would work. Yet wasn’t very sure, no matter what time there was the goal.
Then these people said, go on you can do this, keep going. In agony, both quads were tight and very sore. I just kept going.
My spine was good just the legs. So luckily I got to the next to last drink stop. Then kept going thinking, so damned sore.
Then coming down St Kilda road seeing the end the finish line somewhere the adrenaline took over
I actually ran very fast considering and ran over the finish line.
The time 3 hrs 25 minutes.
It was an amazing experience and it was an incredible feeling.
You know what I learned from this?
If you want to have goals and do what you want to do you will do it.
You see what I said if you want to have goals…
It is important to either do this
– Have goals and if you don’t want to don’t do it, you’re wasting energy and your time
– So, make a goal and just do it. Do what it takes.
With spinal and other injuries, I thought of this
I was told I couldn’t and shouldn’t be numerous people, yet went out and just did it.
Looking at the guys I lived with they would watch TV and enjoy watching other people enjoy someone else having a good time.
Why not turn the TV off and create your own fun, my fun was to run a marathon.
Why are we on this earth?
To enjoy it and do what you need to do to get ahead or get to where you want to be.
If TV is your thing, you’ve missed out on a lot.
What is the one thing that kept me doing this Marathon
It was to prove to myself and get ahead and show anything is possible.
I’m not telling you to run a marathon. This is to show if you really want something in life just go ahead and do it and improve your lifestyle. Many people told me I could not do anything. Yet, I did.
Don’t ever give up on what you want, better still give up something that is holding you back.
Write down something that you really want to do
I want to ________________
Negatives one list first. Then the positives
Then talk to a person who dreams and does it.
Better still contact me at
And let me talk with you.
24 years later I’ve had problems but some amazing positives,
You need to think of
- A mentor someone who keeps you accountable
- A doable goal and write it down and have it everywhere
- A passion and desire
- Know what the outcome will do for you
So if you want to lose weight
- Have a weight you want to be
- Make a list of what you will do
- Do a weigh in once a week
- Tell people about it
- Have someone not to push but to help
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It is going to look after me forever and I can even be your mentor
This will look after me for the rest of my life as I have a passion
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