Catch Up: Operation Jack Half Marathon – December 26, 2011

Operation Jack Half Marathon 2011 Medal

As I’ve said before, I started this string of running events 7 weeks before I started the blog, so I have a little catching up to do…

The day after Christmas I finally got off my butt and did my first half marathon since I had had open heart surgery. Boy oh boy, did it feel great to be back.

I didn’t do a ton of training for Operation Jack. It was silly, really. I was just trying to race every week, and I could only find a half marathon this week. (It was the day after Christmas, so I suppose people were busy with their families or some such business like that).

Then I thought “well, if I do a half marathon still in 2011, I’ll be able to say I had that big surgery in 2010 and then ran another half in 2011, and that will sound somewhat close together (even though I waited forever to start running again).

(You can see where my priorities lie. Fitness? Happiness? Not important. How about I just try not to look like a loser? ;))

Nonetheless, I knew I had trained enough. I had no yearning for a fast time. I just wanted to finish happily and injury free. It wasn’t chip timed anyway. (It was clock timed, though.)

I met an incredibly nice runner at the start – Kevin. He was doing marathons in all 50 states. This was number 49! He saved the best for last – Boston, Massachusetts.

He was so supportive. The course was a loop (that marathoners did twice), so I saw him a couple of times while I was out there. Each time he passed with uplifting words making sure I was okay in my first half marathon back. His encouragements out on the course were so helpful to me.

Operation Jack Half Marathon Scenery, bridge

The course was simple and nice with lots of water all around. I took breaks to stretch. I did jog a fair amount of the course, but I walked a good part as well. I made actual stops at the water stations to catch my breath, hydrate, and say thanks to the volunteers.

I was super chill about the whole thing. The time limit was six hours, so all I wanted was to have fun and stay safe, which I did. I got a finish time of 3:40:04. (I didn’t even come in last!)

Just a few minutes after me, Kevin ran in (from his full marathon). I was happy to be there at the finish to cheer him on.

Finally, after two and half years since my first half marathon, I got my second one out of the way!

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Comments: 2

  1. Jim Pattillo Monday, July 16, 2012 at 6:58 pm Reply

    Great post! I just had an aortic valve replacement via a minimally invasive thoracotomy (no broken bones). I posted about it at

    Please take a look and leave a comment. Great blog btw!!!

    • Aurora De Lucia Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 12:11 pm Reply

      Thanks for finding my blog and commenting. I just read your blog post, and that’s amazing that you started bouncing back so quickly. Congratulations, and great job!

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