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Posted: Saturday, October 24, 2009 10:30 am

Six weeks ago, I wondered if I'd be able to run the marathon at all given the pain in my knee. Four weeks before that, I was planning to obliterate my marathon personal best.

Today, I'm not where I'd like to be - it's much too late for that, with too much of a break needed for treatment and rehab of my right knee tendinitis. But I'm in good shape. The best part? Worrying about my knee no longer factors into the equation.

Don't think it doesn't still hurt. It does, from time to time. But it's not constant. And it's not debilitating. It's just ... there. Like on yesterday's 20. It bothered me some, mostly when I exaggerated my stride to stretch out my muscles mid-run. Otherwise, it mostly kept to itself.

The important thing is to keep doing all of the exercises I learned while rehabbing. It's a struggle; there are mornings I just want to get out and run, but I try very hard to remember the pain and discouragement I felt a few weeks ago. They help me get stronger.

I still wear one of my braces, too, even though I probably don't need to. It's a little security blanket, sure, but I'll take it. I'll take anything, just so long as it doesn't involve a recurrence of the problem.

That would be bad. But it feels good to know I seem to have left it behind me.

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Kevin Clapp
David Weinberg
James Clark
  • James Clark
  • Sports Writer
    The Press of Atlantic City
  • E-mail: jclark@pressofac.com
  • Phone: 609-272-7000
  • James Clark has been following local high school sports since his time as a student at Ocean City High School in the 1980s. Clark also serves as The Press' soccer blogger and coaches his twin sons' U13 soccer team.
Mike McGarry
Susan Lulgjuraj
James Clark
  • James Clark
  • Assistant Soccer Coach at St. Augustine Prep
  • James Clark has been writing about soccer for various media outlets, including The Press of Atlantic City, for 15 years. The Northfield resident coached travel teams in the South Jersey Soccer League for a decade and is currently an assistant soccer coach at St. Augustine Prep. Clark's blog will appear three times a week and daily during this summer's World Cup.
David Weinberg