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!

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.

 

Abby Walker

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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

Abby hospital 

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.

Abby

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.

Testimony Tuesday – Melissa D

I would not have been able to do everything I did over the past several months without Team Challenge. I can now say I helped raise thousands of dollars, did hundreds of miles to train and completed a half-marathon. If you would have told me this a year ago, I would have laughed at you.

Right from the beginning the support was there for fundraising, training and prepping for race day. The relationships you build throughout the season are lifetime friendships. The fundraising is hard work, but so worth it when you see the dollars add up and know you are making a difference.

Then comes event weekend. Traveling to a new place can be a little scary, but TC has everything planned so well. You have worked so hard and now you can enjoy a few days with teammates. You get to know each other more than you thought possible…in a positive, fun way!

I had a unique race day experience. Everything you hear throughout the season, I got to experience. The sea of orange. The overwhelming support from not only your team, but from coaches across the country is one-of-a-kind. To not only have positive, fun-loving people on the course with you, but to cross that finish line being surrounded by teammates is humbling, emotional, amazing.

— with Melissa DeHaas.

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Testimony Tuesday

 

I’ve never considered myself a runner. Always told myself that I would just walk. Then my good friend convinced me to join team challenge. I learned more about her challenges with living with Crohn’s. I knew I could make a difference and walk 13.1 miles. I met my first goal, of raising the funds. This was a group effort for sure with the help of TC! They are there with great ideas and cheering you on. I felt so grateful for TC support but to see my friends and family join with me! Seeing the donations come in really made me feel loved. This also helped with the trainings. Days when I wouldn’t want to walk, I would because I knew I was doing this for my friend and all those who were supporting me. Then race weekend came. I was nervous and didn’t know what to expect. Race morning I felt the nerves for sure. I started to run to help with my overall time. Not only did I run, not walk, but I ran more than I ever thought I could! Not only can you do this – raise funds and RUN, but it was easier than I thought possible. Now I can’t wait to run my next race … Never thought those words would come out of my mouth!!
 
– Sara Colorosa, Kona 2014 (on the right)

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Testimony Tuesday

My friends had been trying to get me to run a half marathon with them for about a year. I kept saying “No. That’s not for me. Too far for these legs to go”. I try to run when I can for exercise but my racing days are over. Or so I thought.

One day, I received an email at work asking me to run a half-marathon for Crohn’s and Colitis. My best friend in high school had been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. Without even thinking I signed up that day.

I had never run more than a 5k and honestly never wanted to run more than that….ever. I was content with the occasional run and did it just to get a little exercise.

I started training and with a busy schedule, I just never felt like I was as prepared as I wanted to be. As the race day grew nearer I became nervous. I had nightmares that they were taking down the finish line before I came across, and all the fans were gone and the celebration was over.

The race was held in Napa Valley and I worried even as I packed my bags. When I flew to California and saw the hills in person, it felt even worse. What did I get myself into? This is for real runners. I am nothing like them.

At the pasta dinner pre-party the night before, I met some of the people I was running to help and heard their stories. At first, I kept thinking, what if I raise this money and they find no cure for them? What if what I am doing does not help?

As the evening went on, I realized that most of the comments were about this race and the program that was helping them with support. The Crohns and Colitis Foundation provided them with connections to people who have been going through what they are going through. Like the 16 year old who had been the youngest person ever to be diagnosed with the disease when she was a baby only a few months old. She was now a top student in her class, involved with the community and is an amazing young woman with a bright future ahead of her. She was brought together with another child that is diagnosed at an even younger age and is spending time with the family. How lucky is this mom who now can see what a beautiful life can still be ahead for her own child. It’s not an end, it’s a beginning. To know the challenges that lie ahead. And also the gifts that are waiting.

Maybe my money won’t save someone’s life, but it will help them live with what they have been given. Maybe it will help them cope, help them fight, or just help them know that they are not alone.

When my legs turned into rubber on the eighth mile, when I got a leg cramp at mile 11, when I crossed the finish line not sure if I could keep them going without falling down – I knew why I ran and never gave up. I never ran for me.

I never wanted to run a half marathon. I never even considered it. I took myself out of my comfort zone and did something that, to be honest, scared me. That 2 hours and 36 minutes was for them. I did it for a friend, for hope, and for a cause. I was able to walk away with a great new group of friends and a whole new appreciation for a digestive system that functions normally.

Kay Rudzinski, Delta Corporate Teammate in Napa 2014