18 Miles Down

Marathon training is going well. It’s been painful, but it’s going well.

I seem to be sorer than last time I trained for a Marathon. But, a lot has changed since last time too.

I ran my first marathon in 2016. My knee became sore during the last month of training and I had no idea how to plan for nutrition on the marathon. I encountered a hamstring cramp at mile 20 of 26.2 and that greatly impacted my time and overall enjoyment. I had to walk/jog for the last six miles. It was a great learning experience and I was thankful I finished.

The marathon I’m going to run on January 11th, in Charleston SC, will be a much different experience. Here is what’s changed:

  • I’m about 25-30 lbs lighter
  • I don’t have a stomach.
  • My nutrition plan is much more involved
  • Carry about 82 ounces of water/Gatorade with me so I can drink as often as I like
  • Mix an electrolyte tablet with every 16 ounces of Gatorade and also mix in a Tri-Berry GU Gel for every 45 minutes of running
  • My legs are extremely sore after every long run. Like, barely can walk sore.
  • I’m only training 3 days a week, rather than 5. (Short run, mid-run, and long-run) -> This is certainly untested, but I created the plan after realizing I couldn’t take the beating of running 5 days a week. I was far too sore and tired.
  • I lose around 3-4 pounds on long runs. I still don’t understand the math on this one. I’m drinking of 90 oz of fluids and I still come back 3-4 lbs lighter.
  • Way more tired after workouts. Might be due to the hydration mentioned above. It’s hard to describe. It’s beyond tired. It’s like mental fog. I counter it with many shots of espresso to survive the remainder of the day.

Now that I have reached 18 miles, I feel great about finishing the race. Only a few more weeks to build, then I’ll taper before race day. Thanks for following along! You can mark yourself interested/going the support event via Facebook where I’ll continue to add content and updates. You can join in posting how much you will run/jog/walk on race day to support No Stomach For Cancer awareness!

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My view on Saturday

Do You Want To Do Something Important?

You can make a difference and help me raise money for important Stomach Cancer Research during Stomach Cancer Awareness Month!

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.

DONATE HERE: https://www.justgiving.com/team/dylandavison

Charleston Marathon 2020 Without A Stomach

I registered for the 2020 Charleston Marathon! This will be my first Marathon without a stomach (2nd overall).

I’m excited about this race because I’m going to join another stomachless friend who has the CDH1 Gene Mutation and had a total gastrectomy 10 years ago and he will be racing with me.

Keep looking for updates. More exciting news coming soon!

Downtown Charleston
The Charleston Marathon Starts Downtown Charleston