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

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

12 Mile Run in Tucson AZ at 2,500 Ft Elevation

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!

The Loop – Tucson AZ
The Loop – Tucson AZ
The Loop – Tucson AZ

2nd in Age Group – Kiawah Triathlon 2019 (Olympic Distance)

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!

Family Photo – Kiawah Island Triathlon – 2019
2nd Place Finish in my Age Group. The guy who won ran his pants off…

NEW PERSONAL RECORD (PR) 5K TIME

NEW PERSONAL RECORD (PR) 5K TIME

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.

Turtle Trek 5K Time
Turtle Trek 5K Time

Fall Spotlight on Stomach Cancer with No Stomach For Cancer

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!

Please register and preview agenda here: https://www.nostomachforcancer.org/news/events-calendar/icalrepeat.detail/2019/10/26/53/-/spotlight-on-stomach-cancer

20 Months Post Total Gastrectomy

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!

5 Miles in 112 degree heat

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!

How I Raced IRONMAN Florida 70.3 with No Stomach

If you are reading this, you are probably thinking, “How did you get nutrition during the race”? Great question! I feel like I got lucky. What worked for me, doesn’t mean it will work for you. But – It might!

Prerace:

I treated my days as normal before the race. I did take one GU Hydration Drink Tabs with a G2 Gatorade two days before the race and the day before, I took two GU Hydration Drink Tabs with two G2 Gatorades. I sipped on these between meals.  The evening meal before the race was pad thai – not spicy.  I did spike my sugar a bit (expected with me) and caught it on the way down at 58, and then ate a few gummy packs to bring it back up. But – no major issues.

Pre-race: wake at 4:00 – 3 oz of Espresso

Eat a “One Protein Bar” at around 5am (takes about 45 min)

7am: start sipping on First Endurance EFS: Lemon Lime and water (two separate bottles)

7:55am: last sip of water. Race Time!

On the Bike about 42 min later. I have water up front with one GU Hydration Drink Tab, 4 GU Energy Gel (tri-berry) mixed with water on the frame, and Hammer Perpetuem on the back.

I sipped all these every few minutes, mixing it up as I went. I grabbed water at the water stations and refilled my front water container and dropped one more GU Hydration Drink Tab at around mile 45.  I also had a bag of ruffles that I started eating around mile 30 because sipping sugary drinks becomes boring. Dang – those chips taste amazing.

In transition from the bike to the run (T2), I put an ice filled water bottle (smart water bottle) down the back of my tri-suit – and took a bottle of Hammer Perpetuem on my fanny pack and 2 extra GU Hydration Drink Tab in my pack.  Those were extra should it get hot. Well – it got very hot. 91+ degrees.  The ice melted around mile 5, then I drank that.  And I popped those extra GU Hydration Drink Tabs with water at mile 5 and 9 and got more GU Gels from the volunteers on the race to mix with water when I refilled the water.

I really expected to blow up or cramp or “fail” or something during the run. But – this plan worked very well. I walked the transitions when I needed to refill, but beyond that – I had a great race and didn’t have major issues. It was hard – but it was so rewarding! Thank you, for everyone who cheered me on along the way and tracked me live. I felt like I was getting energized by the support!

Love ya’ll. Would love to do a full IRONMAN soon. But the primary challenge is scheduling the training around family, work, etc.

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IRONMAN Florida 70.3 Race Day Information – Sunday 8am ET

Race Day Information – Sunday 8am ET
  1. You can track me live on Sunday starting at around 8am/9am (ish) ET via the website or Ironman tracker app.
  2. Ironman Tracker App: IRONMAN Tracker by Dilltree Inc https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ironman-tracker/id1183983404?mt=8
  3. Look me up using name “Dylan Davison” or my bib number “1369” under the IRONMAN Florida event.
  4. The tracker updates every few miles so you can track the entire day.
  5. Race should take about 6 hours or so depending on the Wind and the Heat (20 mph winds on the bike and 90 degree heat on the run will both make the race challenging).
  6. During the race, I’m raising money for No Stomach For Cancer! So please consider a donation of any size to: https://give.everydayhero.com/us/support-no-stomach-for-cancer-and-join-me-as-i-race-ironman
  7. You all encourage me so much. Thank you for following along and donating to this important cause. ❤️❤️
I’m including some extra details for those of you who are new to this campaign!