Since my last blog update, I've realized that I should delay the next marathon for a while. It doesn't seem that my driving and running will allow my back to heal properly. This sciatica relapse is getting better but it's lingering a bit too long.
So, what's the plan? Riding the bike certainly makes the sciatica feel better. So, I'm going to focus on riding my bike, lifting weights, and practicing yoga. Those three things should keep me fit and let the back heal properly. I plan to ride a fifty miler on April 12 (originally the marathon date) and a hundred miler in May (date TBD).
What about the marathon? I'll see how I feel over the summer. Maybe start easing some runs into the training schedule in the late spring with a possible build for November. I like running a marathon distance the Saturday before Thanksgiving. That let's me recover over the holidays.
I'll also be spending more time in the woods while hiking with my wife. She's found that she enjoys walking with me. I even bought her some new hiking shoes for Christmas. We got them muddy today around Taylorsville Lake State Park. Good times!