Half marathon - CCFA Vegas Dec 4th

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   Posted 6/6/2011 12:16 PM (GMT -6)   
So am I crazy for even considering starting to run again? 2 years ago I had my first surgery and here I am finally healthier than ever without the bloody disease (pun intended :)).
Anyone else run half marathon can give some good advice, training schedules ... anything?


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   Posted 6/6/2011 2:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't have any advice. But.....WAY TO GO!....doesn't it feel great to be anticipating such an undertaking after what you have been through
Mom to Dillon (age 19) who had three major UC flares over two years....Very sick. Colectomy Sept/09, J pouch built Jan/10 and take down Feb/10. Now out living life at University and doing great. NO MEDS

ring of fire74
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   Posted 6/6/2011 3:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Crazy...GET AWAY!!!!!!!!!
I was a very keen runner before my op and even more so after it,i run every other day and I am back racing again mainly 10ks but with the odd half marathon chucked in,once i recovered which was about 2 months in total i was back out on the road,albeit i lost a lot of my fitness and a lot of confidence but it soon returns. I thought i would never run again after my op but im so chuffed in how well its going,the good thing is i dont have to stop now,not like when i had UC,i would be stopping about 2 or 3 times every run.
It took a while to find out what works best i.e bag,tape etc but once you find what suits you then youll be away. Alot of people think they can run 5miles straight away,they get injured and they stop.....you ran before so you know what its all about, i would take it real easy,go for a mile run and enjoy it again also get used to what bag etc suits you,then slowly increase the mileage. My first run after my op was 2miles,i increased it every week by half a mile sometimes not at all,listen to your body and dont rush and before you know it you will be running 5 miles,then 10.....
Im 6 months post op now and i feel healthier than ever,this bloody bag aint gonna stop me.
I wish you all the best and keep me informed on how its goin
My name is leyton green and im on facebook,if you fancy comparing running notes etc then drop in and say hi.

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   Posted 6/6/2011 5:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the reply Leyton! There are a bunch of people with that name so didn't know who to request ...

As far as hydration is concerned, do you have to take the water with you? Do you carry it and how? How do you keep the bag from flopping around? Some of the basic questions I have before I go make a fool of myself :)


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   Posted 6/6/2011 5:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Join your local Team Challenge through CCFA. They supply a coach to the team with a VERY detailed schedule about 16 weeks out. As far as race day you'll have plenty of water stations:)

I did the 2010 Vegas Half for CCFA and I cannot say enough about the program! Raising the $ was easier than I thought (they help with that, too) and when you run as a team there is great support both during training and on race day.

You can stash water along your route, if you think you'll need it, but it will really depend on you, the heat and time of day you run. I always trained early in the am and carried a bottle and stashed a bottle on my route. I didn't have any issues with being able to stay hydrated. I love Sports Beans but you'll have to find what you like for nutrient/electrolyte replacement while running.

I wasn't a runner but about a year before I joined the team I started on my own...and I am glad to say I am one for life now smilewinkgrin

Oh, and I just wore a pair of those tight shorts under my running shorts and I never had a problem with my pouch banging around...you can try a few different styles to find one you like.

Race day in Vegas is 'electrifying' to quote my friend who appears on the Team Challenge video turn and the temperature and course is awesome...definitely consider it...

Let me know if you have any other questions:)
formally known as OHIO76 ~ honoring my daughter's passion!
Crohn’s dx 1989
some terrible years before my temporary ileo in 2001
Proctocolectomy w/end ileo in 2008
...wish I knew then what I know NOW!

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   Posted 6/6/2011 8:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Great that you're going to do it, that's awesome.... I just did the Take Steps walk in Boston last weekend. Not challenging at all, but still something that would have been hard for me to do the last few years. It felt good to raise some $$ to give back after getting so much support and good medical care this year.

I hope you enjoy the training.
48 years old, female.
2004 dx indeterminate colitis. Back and forth between Crohn's and UC dx. Many drugs, minimal success.
2010-11 Crazy skin and eye complications, high fevers, bad flaring. Out of good drug options, tired of scary drugs.
Feb 2011 -- proctocolectomy with permanent ileolostomy; abscess, blood clot. Still healing, still glad for the surgery

ring of fire74
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   Posted 6/7/2011 4:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi ucfree
My profile pic is one of angus young from ACDC.
As regards to it flopping around,it doesnt really, or if it does then i hardly notice it....i wear compression top and shorts so its quite snug to the body,the only problem i had was it coming unstuck a bit so i got some 'skin friendly security strips' from salts and they really do the trick. As for hydration i drink alot of water during the day anyway,more if im running and i dont get to dehydrated...As your starting out again you can always get a running bottle and take it with you to be on the safeside.
You wont make a fool out of yourself,infact you will be the envy of a very lot of people.
Male 36
Diagnosed 2007 with moderate UC
2 year remission till June 2009
Colonoscopy Sep 09 showed severe left sided UC
Medication - aza, asacol,prednisoline, IV steroids all to no avail.
NOV 2010-laprascopic subtotal colectomy and now feeling grrrrreat.

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   Posted 6/7/2011 11:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I have a friend that just did the team challenge a few days ago and I plan on doing next year's (provided I can get myself to the actual location. I think the closest to me is in Virgina) I am NOT a runner and found a program that i'm going to try as soon as I'm cleared for exercise after my takedown next week. Its called Couch to 5K which is not as long as a half marathon by far, but if you are not a runner it may be a good place to start. Google couch to 5k and the site comes up like first thing. its a 10 week program by the by. I have a few friends that did it who were like me and hate to run and now they like to run. I'm sure you could be ready by Dec 4th! Good luck to you!
-diagnosed with UC Dec 2006 at 22
-allergic or intolerant to all 5ASAs, sulfa and 6-mp
-emergency transverse colostomy on 9/13/10 from perforated colon
-J-pouch surgery step 1 of 2 3/21/11
-Takedown 6/13/11
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