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About 5 ½ years ago, my daughter noticed a small bump on the right side of my neck and told me I needed to go see a doctor about it. She is a bit of a worry wart about medical stuff, but she also happens to be very persistent, so I went.
I wasn’t overly concerned, so you can imagine my surprise when my doctor told me I had Stage 4 Head and Neck Cancer. Not knowing much about cancer at that point, I asked her some questions; in particular, I asked her what Stage 4 meant. I can pinpoint the point in time I realized I was in deep trouble to when she answered “Well, there isn’t a Stage 5”.
After a short 24 hour pity party, we started looking at potential treatment options and agreed on the most aggressive one to start in a week so that had time to put in a feeding tube, and do a boatload of testing to make sure I could survive the treatment.
After the preparation, I went through 4 rounds of chemotherapy (losing about 40 pounds and all my hair) and 7 straight weeks of radiation, broken up only by a 5 day period where I had to go on steroids to reduce the swelling in my face and on May 14, 2015 I had my last treatment.
And, I’m happy to say, I’ve not only been cancer free but I’m probably in better shape than I have been since my 20’s having completed a Sprint Triathlon and become very serious about my running, nutrition and overall health.
This pandemic reminds me of this period of my life, and I think there are many reasons to use this crazy time period to better ourselves and come out in a better place. So, I’ve committed to running every single day during the pandemic and have come up with 5 reasons how and why you can use running to get through this and come out stronger on the other side.
We’ve written a couple posts explaining the differences between energy liquids and tablets and gels, chews, and bars. Now that you’ve decided what you want to take, how do you know when to take it?
A good rule of thumb is that you don’t need to take anything unless you’ll be running for more than an hour. If you’re going out for a long run or race, then you should take your gel/chews around 45-60 minutes in. Everyone is different, so it could take anywhere from 5-15 minutes for you to start feeling the effects (you...
We all know it’s important to stay hydrated, but you’ve also probably heard about these things called “electrolytes” that you are supposed to add to your water or take at aid stations. If you’re a new runner, you may be wondering what exactly electrolytes are. If you’ve been running for awhile, you may also be wondering but are hesitant to ask any of your running buddies.
I have been running for 20 years, and have always heard that re-fueling electrolytes can help when you start cramping. I’ve never really tested the theory because I—thankfully—don’t cramp that...
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