I am a below knee amputee. I had not been able to run for almost 40 years (since 1970) except for the "amputee hop". I am a difficult socket fit but my wife found a prosthetist who was able to fit me so I could run. That was summer of 2009. After a slow and painful start (almost quit several times) I have progressed to running in 7 5K's this year. My goal is to run as far as I can but information, training, etc for old (60), amputees with 40 years of non running is hard to find. I want to do this smart and avoid dumb injuries and continue to add distance. I have pretty much done this on my own with my wife (who is also running with me). In good general health and amazingly motivated. I understand what all of you have been enjoying for all these years! I welcome all information, advice, tips, etc on all aspects. By the way I ran with my oldest son in a 5K...it was the first time in his life we had run together, I plan to run with grand kids next. I am pretty much a blank slate here.
I attached a photo I never thought I would have....me in a race!
congrats on your great start. check w/ Sarah Reinersten she's an above the knee amputee but has done lots of endurance events:
and check these guys/gals out:
great job so far keep it up!
goals for 2011:
break 19minutes for 5k
break 2:42 for olympic triathlon probably Anthracite olympic
break 3:16 for marathon ( a long shot but it's fun putting yourself out there)