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A fellow stomach cancer survivor, and stomachless friend, Camden Linstead has challenged me to raise money and race him in the Charleston Marathon on January 11, 2019. Show your support by donating $26.20 (number of miles we will run in the race) or more to one of our campaigns. All donations are tax-deductible and go to No Stomach For Cancer. Stay tuned for training updates as I’m behind schedule.
I know, I know. 2,500 ft elevation – who cares? Considering I have done almost all my training in zero elevation in Charleston, SC, it was great to get a bit of elevation into the mix without completely failing. I was impressed the added elevation didn’t hurt my performance too much. I stopped a few times for water breaks and I ran through town a bit so I had to stop for cars. That made my time a bit slower overall.
If you visit Tucson, AZ and want to run/bike – I highly recommend visiting “The Loop”. It’s beautiful, paved, clean, and safe. Pictures below!
This triathlon was hard. It started with a swim against the current in the ocean. I survived the sharks and jellyfish (didn’t see either but thought about them both the entire time). My bike split was a new personal record (PR) with 25 miles at 22.15 mph. However, the run was very hard. My calf was extremely tight and I thought I was going to have to walk the 6.1 miles. It finally loosened up and I finished strong on the last 2.5 miles.
I’m happy with the effort overall and it earned a 2nd place finish in my age group. First time being on the podium after racing this race 3 times prior.
I’m thinking of a half marathon or full marathon in December/January. Stay tuned!
I had the pleasure of running the 2019 Turtle Trek 5K which raised $70,000 for Sea Turtle protection courtesy of the South Carolina Aquarium. What an incredible fundraising success story!
The 5K included a flat beach run in the hard sand and it was a simple out and back course. There was about a 10-15 mile per hour headwind on the way out, but a nice tailwind on the way in. It was hot, but that’s expected this time of year in Charleston, SC.
I hit a new PR! I placed 1st in my age group (out
of 29), 8th overall (out of 421) with a time of 20:31.8 which was a
6:37 pace. If you’re a runner, then you might not be impressed. But for me,
this was a big deal! This is my fastest time since High School.
The sad part of the story is that I was sore for 4 days
following the race. Like, super sore.
I’m still not sure if this has to do with having less muscle mass, or nutrition. I hope to figure that out soon. Success story either way in my opinion.
This is a big update for me. It’s been about two months
since I have had sugar issues! In the
past, if I consumed too much sugar, my blood sugar levels would go to 280 and I
would get super sleepy but have a heart rate of 110 which is high for just
sitting at my desk. Especially since my normal resting heart rate is in the
mid-40’s. Then – 30-45 minutes later, my blood sugar would be in the 60’s which
causes dizziness, sweating, unclear thinking, hunger, and more. Neither are fun but low blood sugar can be
dangerous. Thankfully, my pancreas does
work – it’s just still adjusting to my body receiving raw food straight to my
small intestines. For 32 years of my life, my small intestines received food
after the stomach perfectly broke it down. That changed abruptly after surgery
(that last sentence was written by captain obvious).
It appears my pancreas is figuring things out! To test the power of my pancreas and my body learning how to process food, I decided to have some Pad Thai. Pad Thai has a boatload of rice noodles. Rice Noodles are very high in carbs and often compared to sugar. But – Pad Thai is also fantastic and delicious. I specifically order it Thai Hot – which is so hot it often causes hiccups or a mild sweat. It’s so good.
I’m happy to report I have tried Pad Thai twice in the last
week with no sugar issues. (insert Fortnite Dance in celebration).
New milestone! It’s been 19 months and I’m very thankful for the progress that my body continues to make.
Can we meet up at the University of Arizona Cancer Center, Tuscon?
No Stomach For Cancer is partnering with the University of Arizona to host a fall Spotlight on Stomach Cancer. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2019, 08:00AM – 02:00PM with reception starting at 5:30pm. I hope to see you there!
Things continue to improve. It’s been weeks since I have had a sugar crash and can’t remember the last time I had a bad reflux issue (sometimes I’ll have a small issue where I just have to drink some water in the middle of the night or eat a rice cake but it’s generally manageable within 15 minutes and I’m back to sleep).
My fitness continues to improve also. In fact, I had another record-breaking triathlon season. Breaking my prior personal best, twice. I shaved 2 minutes off my entire time. I finished 2nd overall in the 30-34 age group series. And I missed 1st place by 9 points of out 30,000 points for the series. It equates to a 3-second miss. Yes – if I was 3 seconds faster I would have gotten 1st. HA! Talk about a close season! I finished 9th out of all age group racers (170 or so). I’m excited about that and it has me motivated to keep improving.
I’ll do an Olympic Triathlon again in September and hopefully a half/full marathon in Dec/Jan. We’ll see. Stay tuned!
I was recently in Dallas/Fort Worth for work and was able to run 5 miles after a few meetings. Nothing too special as I love going on runs when I travel. However – it was 112 degrees out. Seriously.
I had a camelback type thing (backpack with built in water that holds 50 ounces). I felt that I had plenty of water, even with the heat.
Well – the run was fun. It was indeed hot. And I drank the whole 50 ounces in about 45 minutes. I couldn’t believe it (since I don’t have a stomach, I don’t have the space to chug water). I suspect it was a mixture of how much I was sweating and with a higher heart rate, it’s easier to consume food/drinks.
Anyways – just another cool story that things become pretty normal over time. It’s been 18 months since my TG. If I don’t overeat and I get enough sleep – my energy levels are similar to before. Thanks for reading a feel free to tweet me any questions!