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Cuomo To Run After Back Gets Better

August 17, 1987

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ Gov. Mario Cuomo says he’s almost ready to start running - not for the White House but for his health.

Cuomo, who in February announced that he would not seek the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination, said Monday that he is putting himself on a special program to rid himself of chronic back pain he has suffered for years.

″I suffer from a bad back and it’s been bothering me a great deal the last few weeks,″ said Cuomo, 55. ″I’ve given myself 10 days to rid myself of my back pain, which I can do by discipline and some exercises.″

″At the end of the 10 days, I’m going to start running again, regularly, maybe even religiously. And that is going to make me a dynamo,″ said Cuomo, who is athletically active and likes to play softball with his staff and basketball with his two sons.

In November, Cuomo underwent tests after complaining of increased back pain and a numbness in his right hand. Doctors determined that Cuomo suffered a pinched nerve.

Doctors gave Cuomo special exercises to do at home. Cuomo also sits on a board and does yoga exercises to relieve his chronic lower back pain.

Cuomo is a former minor league baseball player whose professional career ended when he was struck in the head with a pitched ball.

Cuomo announced in February that he would not seek his party’s nomination, but has refused to rule out accepting a draft at a deadlocked national convention.

Cuomo made the comments on the weekly ″Capitol Connection″ show on Albany public radio station WAMC.

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