6.2 mile (10k) bike, 3.11 mile (5k) easy run. 

I wasn’t sure about running today as I had knee discomfort through the day. When I headed out, the pain told me to stop. So, I hopped on my bike for a brisk workout. 5 miles in I realized my knee was feeling better, so at 6.2 miles (10k) I hopped off and started to run slowly. I made it 5k with a little walking and a faster running finish. It was a challenge moving straight to running from biking. My back didn’t enjoy it. But the bike helped the knee. Not the 8 mile run that was on the schedule but I think I made the most of what my body could give today. Thanks for your support. Donate to provide clean water and support my run!

Day 10 On-Track Comeback!

4 miles Easy

Click to support my run! I’m running the Chicago Marathon October 11th with Team World Vision to provide fresh drinking water to those who need it most. My goal is to raise $50 for each of the 26 miles. I’ve covered 19 of those miles, raising $955. Just 7 more to go ($350)! Your donation of $50 provided clean water for one person!
Today’s easy run went just fine. I covered 4 miles at an easy pace. It’s the farthest I’ve gone since the knee injection and today’s prescribed distance. I’m thankful and feeling good. 

6K for Water

3.86mi (6.22km) 51:10 Details
In honor of the 6K distance many people have to travel on foot daily to get water for their families, I continued my comeback by running 6K without having to walk. After not feeling well for a couple of days, I’m ecstatic. 4 runs in the last 8 days, each one faster than the last. A long long way to go and a short time left, but at least I’m progressing at a reasonable rate. Thank you for supporting my run and supporting Team World Vision! Click here to provide clean water for children! I’m running the Chicago Marathon on Oct. 11th for Team World Vision. My goal is to raise $50/mile for the 26 mile journey. So far, you’ve given $955. I’m just $345 from completing my goal. Your $50 donation provides clean water for one person, but any size donation is accepted.

Day 3-4 Progress 

3 miles a little faster…

Well I think the injection worked a little magic over the weekend. I cross-trained 15 miles on the bike Sunday afternoon. Monday I ran with a different brace and had a better experience. Almost no pain while running. And so far no significant swelling after. I ran 2:36 faster than Saturday, which is encouraging. Today, the humidity was rough but I managed to run 1:41 faster than Monday! Thanks for your support! Click here to support my mission! My wife and I are running the Chicago marathon with Team World Vision and several church friends. We are each seeking to raise $50/mile of the marathon. Your $50 tax deductible donation provides clean water to one person. 

Day 1: Comeback Trail

3 miles very easy… Click here to learn more…

Well I finally got a solid reading of my MRI by an orthopedic physician. I have a small tear in the medial meniscus that leaves a flap that’s catching sometimes. This was causing swelling and some fluid buildup. I also had sprained the medial collateral ligament. However, the doctor did not feel surgery was mandatory and since I had rested the knee he gave me the green light to try to complete my training for the marathon. He gave me a cortisone shot yesterday. Today I wore a knee brace and covered 3 very easy miles.  Easy as in slow, but it wasn’t easy. My body did find that jogging rhythm and I wasn’t out of breath, which are good signs. Overall it went better than I feared but not quite as well as I hoped. I have 7 weeks left to rebuild until the Chicago Marathon October 11, 2015. Thanks for your continuing support on this journey. Click here to support my run!

Day 55 Still Rehabbing 

bike 6.21 miles 25:14 14.76mph

run 2.01 miles 25:52 

2 weeks later and still dealing with an inflamed MCL in my knee. Still waiting for an injection and hoping. I’ve kept riding my bike 4-5 times/week and running 2-3 miles 3 times/week with a knee brace. I’ve had to figure out a lot of the rehab myself through research and trial as my doctors just aren’t very sports-oriented. My cartilage and bones are good. It seems an anti-inflammatory injection could get me back to full strength, but the medical approval process is pretty frustrating. Thanks for your prayers as I continue this journey. Congrats to my wife who completed 13 miles today for the first time! Glad she’s doing well!

Day 41 10k Knee Music

6.2 miles (10k) 1:45

It was almost too hot to handle today. Pure suffering out there and my knee flared up again. (Why always on Saturday, early in the run?) I had to walk/jog in order to finish the prescribed distance. I cleaned up and went straight to the doctor to have it checked out. She listened to my knee with a stethoscope while bending it. “There’s music in hear when I bend this. We need an X-ray.” It made me smile but put a little fear in me, too. X-rays took forever and I awaited my fate. Results: I still have good cartilage. No narrowing of the joint. WHEW! There’s quite a bit of inflammation. We will treat it with a few days rest, anti-inflammatory meds, cross training and a follow up with Ortho. Probably an injection as well. Thankful it’s not worse and not permanent. Back to the bike for a few days…but still rolling. 

The Real Day 37 = 5

5 miles easy 1:06:42 Details 

Whew. On a very cool night, later than we had planned we managed to run 5 miles. My joints were not at their happiest. It seems the body is still adapting from the 10 miler on Saturday. The heavier shoes are a speed trade off but once again my knees will take the deal. Thankful we finished this late at night! But it’s not too late for you to sponsor my run! Click here to help bring indigenous, sustainable clean water solutions to children in need. Team World Vision partners with local leaders and engineers to design clean water solutions. Rain catchment, wells, slow sand filters, elevated water distribution and other creative solutions are developed. In many communities they already have a plan and committed local volunteers to work a system. They just need the funding to make their plans a reality. Your gift of $50 sponsors one mile of my marathon run and brings sustainable clean water to one person!

Day 37 Beasts

3 mile easy run 39:21 Click for details

  Well I was a bit nervous to hit the streets after the knee pain Saturday. Sunday’s bike ride had helped a lot, so I warmed up on the bike today. Knee felt better. I donned the Brooks Beasts for the extra cushion. That proved to be the right choice. So much heavier than my LunarGlides but served their purpose well. After half a mile I had no pain the rest of the run. I took it easy in the heat and my joints said thanks by carrying me all the way to the line. Your prayers and support are carrying me through my training for the Chicago Marathon. Team World Vision works for indigenous sustainable solutions to clean water problems for people. Help me help them change the world! Click: http://teamworldvision.org/participant/timstidham

Day 35 Ahhhh

6.2 mile 27:55 cross-training bike ride Click for details


Today was a great day! It started with a great morning in worship around the Lord’s Table. A good leadership meeting was followed by a journey to the Chicago Northland for a Team World Vision rally. Then, finally, we hit the bikes for a quick cross-training spin. Knee feels so much better it’s amazing. Some very motivating presentations today. Many of you know, I’m training for the Chicago Marathon. I’m thankful for how this marathon journey has reshaped my story. I’ve already hit milestones I could barely imagine back in November. Running is hard but living without clean water is much harder. Several years ago 1 billion people were living without clean water. With Team World Vision’s help that number has been reduced to an estimated 728 million, but of course that’s still not acceptable with the technology we have today. Help me help change the world by clicking HERE


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