My surgeon is proud. John Ritter would be too.
I finished the NYC Marathon in 4 hours and 23 minutes. It was the first and only Marathon I've ever run in. In my book "Barefoot in November", I talk about what prompted me to want to run the marathon a year after having open heart surgery, and what the healing, and training were like. The book concludes with a synopsis of marathon day. It was a surreal experience, and anyone who reads it will get a first hand account of what is so special about running a marathon. The book will be released at the end of November.
I was brought almost to tears at the start of the race. My wife and I ran side by side among thousands of people on the Verazzano bridge. Millions of footsteps could be heard all around, and as I looked up at the soaring peaks of the bridge on this beautiful sunny day; all I could think of is lying in the hospital bed last year at columbia-presbyterian; lifeless, and half-conscious on morphine. "How did I make it from there to here?", I asked myself. I looked over at Nicole running next to me, Sal in front of me, and Dr. Stewart, my surgeon who was behind us. Then I thought about our friends and family on the sidelines and the ones at home watching us on TV. That explained everything.
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Our friend Sal also ran in the Marathon
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Open Heart Surgery has been a life-altering experience, but so has running the NYC Marathon, raising money for the American Heart Association, and helping create a larger awareness of aortic disease in the legacy of John Ritter. It has strengthened me.