1st Round of MEDALS have ARRIVED

Looked what arrived today in the mail!!!! The first shipment of medals for the Guts & Glory 2014 Virtual Run! I am working on prepping to ship them out this weekend of Monday! Please bare with me. If you were hesitant on registering, well you are in luck there are still 25 spots available. Already as a group with 72 people submitting results we have ran 609 miles as a whole! There is still a week left to submit results.

Thus far our group is up to 125 people from all around the world! See for yourself here where people are running: http://wp.me/P4BzVC-4n

Register now via PayPal http://bit.ly/11ujmCw its only $20 and you get this AWESOME medal!

PS did I mention we have some AMAZING and AWESOME prizes we are raffling away.

For more info visit: https://crushcrohns.wordpress.com/

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DON’T FORGET TO REGISTER!!!

We officially have one month left to register for the Guts and Glory 2014 Virtual Run! Proceeds benefit the CCFA – Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America Cost is only $25 and you get this awesome medal. Just complete a run/walk anywhere in the world for any amount of miles. We are also raffling off some amazing prizes such as bondi band, box sox, Road ID, ghost pepper bowl, bodybuilding.com and sports authority to name a few!

Every participant is registered into the raffle BUT if you share this post and/or a friend registers I will give you more entries. (1 for sharing and 1 per friend that registers) but YOU must be registered to get these additional entries. (https://crushcrohns.wordpress.com/)

Prizes KEEP coming in!!!

A few more prizes have come in for the Guts & Glory Virtual Run!

ROAD ID has donated 3 gift certificates for us to raffle away.  Road ID is a durable, rugged, athletic, fashionable line of identification gear. Currently, we offer 6 different forms of ID: the FIXX ID, the Shoe ID, the Ankle ID, the Wrist ID Sport, the Wrist ID Elite, and the Shoe Pouch ID. They provide various forms of ID to allow a person to decide where they want to wear their vital Identification. We encourage active people who participate in outdoor activities to wear ID and not take the chance of being unidentified in the event of an accident. It is far better to wear ID and never need it than to need ID and not have it.

the Wrist ID Sport

ID should be as common and important as putting on a seat belt when getting into a car, or strapping on a bike helmet to go for a ride. Identification is important for people of all ages. If you are a runner, cyclist, jogger, walker, hiker, climber, skater, skier, boarder, or someone who doesn’t spend all of their time on the couch, then we encourage you to wear ID. Kids need ID too as they rarely have ID when they go out for a bike ride or walk to school.

Here are some stats for you: Each year over 450,000 of us are taken to hospitals unconscious and without ID. Year after year, over 122,000 runners, walkers, and cyclists are hit by cars. Thousands more suffer blackouts, concussions, heart attacks, heat strokes and other serious accidents. The National Safe Kids Campaign estimates that “every day, 39,000 children are injured seriously enough to require medical attention.”

“Not having ID while participating in outdoor activities is a serious risk — a risk that we no longer have to take. We shudder to think that we could be lying in a hospital and the medical staff would not know who to contact or even who we are — simply because we did not have ID. In the event of an accident, we want our family to be contacted immediately. We want them to be at our side as quickly as possible. We want to ensure that we receive proper medical treatment. We encourage everyone to wear ID and stop taking chances.” – Edward Wimmer & Mike Wimmer, Owners

Have you registered yet for the Virtual Run? If not, there is still 6 weeks left to register but why wait! Register now by visiting Active.com (http://www.active.com/denver-co/running/distance-running-races/guts-and-glory-virtual-race-2014?int=)

If you have any questions please ask!

Guts & Glory Raffle Prizes!

The raffle prizes just keep rolling in!!!! Here is what we have so far to give away:

– 3 Bondi Band Sweat Bands

Although Bondi Band began with only headbands, it has expanded to a full line of headwear, compression products and accessories in comfortable, colorful options to fit every lifestyle and personality for active women, men and children.

Bondi Band’s philosophy is to make great products at a great price and deliver superior customer service.

Along with offering functional unisex, high quality, American Made products, Bondi Band donates 10% of all profits to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts.

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3 Pairs of Box Sox

Socks without words are boring and unloved so we unleashed the Sox Box and racked up lotsa neat sayings for our first line! After searching far and wide for the best quality socks, we found our friends and take pride in them being made in the USA. The words and colors of our socks take many forms that, we hope, will bring oodles of joy to your legs and their admirers. For every person there is a sock and for every sock a person… we trust that we may be able to match you with that special pair to fulfill your most rudimentary need.

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Bodybuilding.com gift pack

The World’s #1 Online Bodybuilding Website & Supplement Store! For anyone that is into fitness (lifting weights, running etc), we all know that finding good deal on supplements and information can be challenging.   I will PERSONALLY say that bodybuilding.com has been my #1 resource. I am currently doing a 12 week weight lifting plan, I buy my supplements from here (amazing prices) and I find that the articles are very interesting.  This prize pack will be split into 2 prize packs. Supplement (shaker, protein powder, BCAA and vitamins) and workout stuff (gym bag, bracelet, water and water bottle).

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Bruce G Ghost Pepper Set

Bruce’s Ghost Pepperz offers the highest quality of genuine Ghost Pepper (Bhut Jolokia) seeds and plants, as well as a nice variety of artisanal Ghost Pepper products—including our flavorful HOT blend of Bruce’s Ghost Pepper Sauce. We also have gift packages, perfect for holidays or other special occasions. All our hot and spicy products are from warm South Florida, with the perfect ultra-humid growing conditions for the hottest peppers! And we only grow Ghost Peppers, so we guarantee that our supplies are 100% pure!

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Starbucks Coffee & Green Tea

Who doesn’t love Coffee and/or Tea! 4 Winners will receive either a lb of Starbucks Coffee or tin of their favorite tea. Selection will vary during the time of the season

…….more still to come!

Motivation Monday – Abby Walker

I’d like you to meet Abby Walker, a fellow crohnie that I met via social media during my fundraising for CCFA this past June. Abby found my posts on Instagram and we began chatting. Come to find out that she was living in Kona at the time and would be there during my first half marathon for CCFA, which was June 22, 2014.  Unfortunately due to conflicting schedules we were unable to meet but since then have kept in constant contact.  I’d like to take a moment to share Abby’s story with you and give you another reason why I am proud to run the Vegas Rock n Roll this November in her honor.

 

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Abby Walker is 29 years old from Indiana.  She primarily works in ministry and missions. Currently she is working with a band and guard getting ready for the start of the season. She was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease September 2013.

The symptoms began around 2005. Abby was experiencing variety of intestinal pain and discomfort, frequenting the restroom, blood loss, lack of proper nutrition, loss of appetite, face pain, night sweats, eye swelling, joint pain, fatigue, dizziness, heartburn, and side effects caused from medications.  In September 2013 she was hospitalized for 4 days due to inflammation and ulcers, and found that she had formed scar tissue that resulted in a bowel obstruction, causing severe abdominal pain, vomiting, weight loss, and dehydration. The doctors have put Abby on various medications such as Humira, Budesonide 9 mg, Omeprazole, Zoloft, vitamin D, Vitamin C, Probiotic, Multi-Vitamin, and iron supplements as needed

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Crohn’s has effected Abby in various ways. She was bed ridden for about 4 months, due to severe fatigue, and various other symptoms.  She had to re-learn how to eat, what to eat, and when to eat it, had to learn to manage stress as well as I could and was unable to work for a period of time. The diagnosis and ongoing symptoms has also caused periodic struggles with depression. Abby’s pain tolerance is higher than it was, because most pain meds would irritate her stomach or make her ill. She knows that she will have good days and bad days.  On days when I feel good, I dance, challenge the group with exercise routines, laugh, and enjoy the little things.  Recently though, she’s been flaring for a few weeks, she hasn’t been able to be as physically involved in practices with the group, but that won’t stop her.  She is still there everyday directing and giving instructions to the team.

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Abby now has more hope for the future, and she appreciate so many more little things than she did before, even though she won’t ever have a “normal” health, and eating whatever she choose.  She has struggled with feeling isolated, because of the illness and has even gone down a pants size, but it fluctuates from time to time now. Because of her meds, her immune system is much weaker, therefore causing her to get sick from other things more often, or it takes longer to get rid of a cold, etc.

Advice she gives to fellow and newly diagnosed people with Crohn’s or Colitis is first, find a doctor that specializes, studies, and researches Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis. Get as many opinions and advice from friends and support groups formed of people who have IBD and know what you’re going through. Don’t let Crohn’s or Colitis win. Use the adversity as a chance to inspire people and to hope for better things to come. Appreciate and celebrate the little things.Don’t let yourself be consumed with the negatives. Don’t forget to laugh and live life. Find ways to focus on others. We might be facing a relentless illness that will come and go as it pleases, but that doesn’t mean that we are ‘victims’.  She also recommends using the GI buddy app. It’s a great place to document and monitor symptoms as well as a great resource to so much IBD related stuff.

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She sees this struggle as an opportunity to grow stronger, keep the hope, celebrate the little things in life, and to be thankful. She also want her compassion for others who face chronic illnesses to be a place of encouragement that none of us are alone as we go through this. Keep living, and keep loving life.

Stay strong and Crohnie on!!!

#crohniesaretoughies (her fave hashtag)

Follow Abby on Instragram and her blog. (DearAbby789 on Instagram, dearabby789.wordpress.com)

If you would like to make a donation in honor of Abby Walker please click DONATE HERE! Donations made thru September 9th will be matched by CCFA.

Wisdom Wednesday

10 Tips for Healthy and Injury-Free Running

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As someone who is accident-prone and tends to get sick and/or injured often, I’ve read a lot about how to keep running healthy. I have tried many different ways to train and tips to stay healthy and injury free, especially when I’m training for a big race.

Here are 10 tips I’ve picked up along the way to run healthier with fewer injuries. I am not a doctor or expert, just someone who has done a lot of trial and error (lots of error…) and found what works for me.

1) Get fitted and buy good running shoes.

Visit a specialty running store and have them look at your feet. A really good store will have a treadmill to actually watch how you run. Let them help you pick out the shoes that will work with your foot. Some feet turn in or out, and some people need extra cushioning. A lot of running stores will let you run in the shoes and bring them back if they aren’t exactly right.

If you already have any sort of foot or leg injury, running stores can also fit you with an insert for your shoe that may be able to keep that injury from recurring. You will probably spend a little more for your shoes, but it’s worth it. Doing this is the best money I ever spent on my running.

2) Do more than just run.

Don’t run every day. Switch it up by cross training: bike, elliptical, swim or do a workout DVD. Do something you enjoy and have easy access to! Switching it up reduces the impact on your body and makes sure you use different muscles. You will be more likely to look forward to your running days.

3) Don’t run too much too soon.

You have to ease into it! Start out by running two miles three days a week. Once you feel comfortable with that, increase one run to three miles a week… then four. Don’t ever increase your total weekly mileage by more than 10 percent. You may feel like you can run more, but in my experience, breaking this rule is an easy way to end up hurt.

4) YOGA!

I have mentioned before that yoga is the best thing that has happened to my running. Running causes your body to really tighten up. Most running injuries are caused by muscle imbalances in the body. Yoga stretches those imbalances and keeps you limber.

I had bad shin splint problems until I took up yoga. The backs of my legs were basically too tight, causing pulling in my shins. I realized I couldn’t even touch my toes! As a former dancer, this was ridiculous. Yoga immediately helped my sore shins and legs. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. Take a class at the gym, or buy a 20-minute yoga DVD to try. I really like Rodney Lee DVDs. I was skeptical too, but I promise it will help!

5) After a hard run, ICE!

Even if I’m not injured, I ice my ankles and shins after a hard run. It keeps everything from getting swollen and sore. I either fill zip baggies with ice or stick my feet in an ice bucket for 10 minutes. For the marathon, I’ve graduated to ice baths for anything longer than 13 miles (which I now refer to as my “stupid long” runs).

6) If it feels off or hurts, take a day off.

Sometimes your body needs a short break to recover. If something hurts (more than just “good” sore) and you just aren’t sure what’s going on, take the day off. It may seem like it will ruin your training program or your race, but it will be fine. This is one tip I have a hard time actually following. I’m all about following the plan, and it is hard to convince me that it’s a good idea to take the day off. Usually someone talks some sense into me – thanks Hubby….

Running on an injury is more likely to kill your program than just taking a day off. Often, that is all your body needs to repair the problem. If it still hurts after a couple days, have a doctor check it out. If you keep running on an injury, it will never get better. Really.

7) Take vitamin C.

Exercising regularly is great for your immune system, but training really hard for a longer race can be taxing on your body. Take extra vitamin C to get some increased immunity.

8) Warm up and cool down.

Don’t just jump into your run. Walk briskly for 10 minutes before you run to warm up your muscles, then stretch some. Avoid stretching cold muscles. After your run, cool down by continuing to walk another 10 minutes. This transition lets your heart rate slow back down at a nice pace. Take the time to do a long stretch after you run. Use some of those fancy yoga moves you learned. Downward dog, anyone? Your body will thank you.

9) Use a foam roller.

This simple little device can save your legs. Roll out your calves and thighs after a long run. It massages the muscles and keeps them loose. It’s awesome. Just try it – you’ll love it.

10) Eat protein after a hard workout.

You have to be careful with this. You don’t want to negate your run by eating more calories than you burned; however, if you are really using your muscles and working hard, you want to either eat food with protein or take a protein supplement within a half hour of your workout. The protein goes to your muscles and helps them recover faster.

Do you have any tricks to run and train healthy and injury-free?

Article Link: http://runhaven.com/2014/08/01/10-tips-healthy-injury-free-running/

Author: Julie Wunder

Motivation Monday – Sam & Spencer

Below are 2 short biographies on the honored heroes for the Winter 2014 Season of Team Challenge Denver. These are just 2 reasons why I run!

Meet Sam

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I am 14 years old and am looking forward to being a freshman at Machebeuf.  I play basketball and like to run.  My favorite activity in the whole world is to play games.  In the Moore household, I am the resident champion of Risk, Monopoly, Texas Hold ’em, and about any video game around. 

I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease when I was 9 years old.  Prior to being diagnosed I had never swallowed a pill and got really scared when I had to get a shot.  Over the last five years I’ve taken thousands of pills, had nearly a thousand shots, and have had more doctor visits than I can count.  We’ve had trouble finding a medicine that helps much.  

I enjoy school but have trouble getting there on a regular basis.  I missed about 20% of the school days this past year.  I missed over half of 5th grade due to a rare reaction of one of the medicines I was taking. 

I have walked in the Take Steps walk every year since I was diagnosed.  To date, my team has raised nearly $40,000 for the CCFA to help with research and camp for other kids like me.  I have enjoyed going to camp for the last four years and am looking forward to going again this summer.  It has been great to meet other kids that are going through the same things.  My oldest sister was a volunteer camp counselor for the last two years.  I was one of the honored heroes for the 2012 Napa/Kona Team and the 2013 Las Vegas Team.  My dad, my sister, and a few of my cousins are planning to run along with me in Las Vegas.

Meet Spencer

Spencer 2014

Hello! My name is Spencer Narowetz, I’m 15 and I have Crohn’s disease.  

I am in the 10th grade where I am involved with many extracurricular activities. I am on my school’s rock climbing team, Key Club, and am the Student Council treasurer of my class. Outside of school I like being outdoors, whether it be biking, hiking, backpacking, running, photography, camping, or paddling. I also love Starbucks and hanging out with my friends!

I have attended the CCFA’s Camp Oasis for three years and am going this year. It had been a wonderful and eye-opening experience seeing how many kids are truly affected by this disease. I have also meet many good friends there including Sam Moore, this season’s other Team Challenge Honored Hero. 

I was diagnosed in 2009 when I was nine years old. After many months of being sick, not being able to eat much, and being constantly lethargic, I was referred to Children’s Hospital where I went through many procedures and blood draws. I was put on medication and finally felt better. To this day I still suffer ups and down with my disease, but thanks to the CCFA and their fundraising, we may have a cure very soon!

 

Please join me on this journey to help improve the lives of millions of people around the world by fundraising for a cure! 

DONATE HERE!