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   Posted 4/5/2008 3:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all..I have had Crohns for awhile now and finally have been able to start working out. In fact I am participating in the Team Challenge 1/2 Marathon in Napa, CA this summer. I am raising money for the Crohns Colitis Foundation of America. So..it is for a cause near and dear to my heart.

So...I am in my training officially now...and typically when I work out I don't eat before hand...as working out seems to stimulate my digestive system. So...I am being told by my coaches that I after we start doing 5 and 6 mile runs/walks that I will need to have something to eat..aka power bar, etc. I am nervous taking anything in case I cant find a bathroom close. Does anyone have any suggestions?
Mis-diagnosed for two years--doctors thought I had RA!

Fistua surgeries in Sept 2006,Dec 2006 and Aug 2007
Centon placed in fistula track during last surgery..permanent open wound
Finally diagnosed w/CD & Fistulizing Disease in Jan 2007
Currently taking Remicade since May 2007

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   Posted 4/5/2008 7:06 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't know, Husker, but you might like to find & email snappy. He's a member here and has run marathons. He might be able to help you.

Good luck!!

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   Posted 4/5/2008 7:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I REALLY want to run again, & my CD shouldn't be a problem, but the Osteoarthritis & disc problems in my back are HUGE areas of concern. Sigh..


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   Posted 4/5/2008 10:09 PM (GMT -7)   

I run 1/2 marathons too! Getting ready for one coming up in Lincoln (sounds like you're familiar with the place.) I usually eat at least a granola bar before I run or a handful of cheerios. I also am really careful not to do more than one long distance run a week (generally burn through over 800 calories on one of those long runs). It's tough trying to balance fitness with CD, but it can be done. I work closely with a trainer, a nutritionist, and my GI doc to make sure I'm being healthy and safe. They advised me to use those gel packs while running... Gatorade and a bunch of other brands are out there... basically it's a gel shot of sugar and electrolytes... tastes aweful, but helps when you "don't have the stomach to carbo load" ahead of time... they also come in desolvable strips and jelly beans too... you can get em at practically any sporting goods store
24 year old grad student trying to cope with CD.
Remicade, calcium, iron, multivitamin, lexapro 

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   Posted 4/6/2008 3:10 PM (GMT -7)   
If you can get up early and are able to eat a small breakfast at least an hour before you run that is great. make sure your body feels ready to go before you start running.
You can also drink an Ensure shake. They are full of nutrients and calories and are easy to digest.

It is great to run routes with bathrooms. Bleieve me I know.. having run 3 marathons and many many races.

good luck. Do not let the disease stop you from reaching your personal goals.

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   Posted 4/6/2008 4:39 PM (GMT -7)   
A banana and 5 or 6 kashi crackers or a piece of dry toast works well for me. It stops my tummy from burning and rumbling but does not make me really full.
37 year old female. Dx'd and undx'd a few times. Was just redx'd again 04/2007.
History of rectal abscesses and fistulas (29 surgeries including abscess I & D, exploratory surgeries, 4 C-ton drains and 1 fistula plug) Have also had several self bursting abscesses.
1st Remicade infusion 6/5/07-still taking it.  Praying I'll get better soon so we can have a baby.
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