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Old 12-21-2010, 02:28 AM
Teresa26.2 Teresa26.2 is offline
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bjlokey,
I stumbled onto this thread and don't know if you'll check back, but I run when I'm having symptoms, and have run through a flare. (Although, it was really weird to run with my whole left side feeling as though I was coming off of Novicane!)

My neuro wants me to keep doing what I'm doing, because I seem to be doing well. My symptoms are varied degrees of numbness on random parts of both legs. I have other symptoms, but the legs are what bother me while running. I've learned not to be afraid of this, but to pay attention.

I've run 7 marathons and have another in Redding, CA coming Jan. 16. I'll also run the Napa Valley Marathon this March. I believe in keeping my strength up.

When I was first diagnosed(in 2005), I read in a book somewhere that it was important to take whatever excersise you were doing and do that and more if possible. I was already doing marathons, so....I just keep plugging along.

Good Luck with your marathon. Where is it?
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Old 12-22-2010, 05:21 AM
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Teresa26.2 and bjlokey,

I came across this site yesterday while looking for runners dealing with MS issues hoping for some advice, feedback and a chance to share experiences in overcoming flare ups during training.

I was diagnosed with MS in 2005 and started running 3 years ago. I just ran my fist marathon last month and continue to train for an upcoming half marathon next month and will try another full marathon this spring (touch wood).

This past week I began feeling like I wasn't fully controlling my right foot while running on the treadmill. My foot also started to tingle and give that burning sensation which intensified as I pushed on into my workout. Fortunately, I did finish my run, and in a weird way, it felt afterwards that my little flare up distracted me from thinking about how tired my fast pace was making me and helped me to concentrate on reaching my workout goal.

I am slowly learning to run while being what feels on some days like being only 80 per cent in control of my body. If anyone has any advice to give or similar expereinces to share, I'm all ears.

Good luck to both of you as you continue your training and in your next races.
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Old 12-22-2010, 06:51 PM
AMFADVENTURES AMFADVENTURES is offline
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Default Exercising through a flair

I used to run but now I'm more into bicycling. I suffered a little flair about 3 months ago while I was training for an event this past November. I continued my training but I dropped the intensity of my workouts significantly, in fact I had to move from outdoor riding to an indoor trainer to get the intensity low enough to be able to put in a reasonable amount of time on the bike. Even at that there were a couple of days I just couldnít do it. Those days I laid off. I got through that flair in about three weeks but couldnít really say whether the exercise helped me get over it sooner or not. I will say that continuing with the training program during that flair enabled me to do as well as I did in my event though.

I know runners are generally pretty good at knowing when to push and when to rest in their training programs but your complaint does sound like you might be pushing a litttle too hard. You could try cross training on a bike or in a pool for a week then go back to your running program and see if the foot problem has cleared up.

I have never heard or read anything anywhere that indicated exercising through a flair could permanently worsen the MS. I did have a PT tell me to slow down once but when I questioned it she cited personal safety reasons. She was concerned that if I got too fatigued I might be more prone to falling down. Well, I can handle that.

Cool to see so many runners here, good luck to you guys. I hope to hear more about your training and how your events go.
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Old 12-23-2010, 12:05 AM
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Wow, it's good to hear of others like me. Sometimes I feel like an anomaly.

I can't give good advice about running, or any exercise for that matter, except that I live with it and pay attention. Yeah, sometimes it feels like I'm running without full control of my body parts. When parts start acting up, I make the constant desicion to either ignore, slow down, or stop.

You know, I don't think it's the actual symptoms that slow me down most of the time. I think it's the mental part of constantly concentrating that's hard. That is draining.

I'm a slow marathoner. My best time was this last year's Big Sur Marathon at 5:00:06. I was so close to a 4:xx:xx. I hope to change that soon. Redding is considered a harder marathon, but not as hard as Big Sur. If not Redding, Napa. Now that one is supposed to be "easy".
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Old 12-23-2010, 08:01 AM
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Teresa26.2,

There is no such thing as a slow marathon in my book. Congratulations on your time and keep on pushing for your goals. I know you'll grab that 4:xx:xx marathon soon enough.

Many thanks. You have given me great advice. Until now, I have always ignored my symptoms while running because they were rather mild. Now, for the first time, I have been forced to take note and make adjustments. I too use a simultaneous combination of all three options: sometimes I slow down, sometimes I stop and there are times to ignore it. As it was aptly pointed out in the above post, runners tend to know when to push and when to pull back.

For sure the lack of full control of the body while running requires extra concentration. I too find this very draining some days while other days it's not a problem. I wish I knew the secret to this so that I could overcome the fatigue everyday.

I ran the Athens Classic Marathon last month. I was hoping for 3:30, and I ended up running a 4:27 due to fatigue and joint pain. Disappointing yes, but I am not giving up. I am training now for a half marathon in Naples, FL this January and will take another shot at a marathon in Thessaloniki, Greece in April.

If I have more flair ups during training that could be of interest to you and other runners, I will gladly post them. Especially if through trial and error I happen to find effective ways of dealing with them. Best of luck.
John
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Old 12-23-2010, 10:19 PM
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Thought I'd check back in to log my long run of 17 miles. I kept it slow, as you are supposed to in training. I ran long today as I am not sure how much I will get in tomorrow and Christmas.

I have 1 more 20 miler and then it's taper time for me...I hope to do my 20 up in Redding as that is where I am visiting.

Is anyone interested in an exercise log thread? It could be fun and motivating...
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Old 12-27-2010, 10:36 AM
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Theresa,

I think your idea of an exercise log is great. I know I like seeing what other athletes with MS are up to and how they are coping. And youíre right, it is very motivating.

Iím not training for anything yet, just trying to stay in reasonable shape between cycling seasons. Doing a little lifting, ellipticals and yoga but fell off the wagon pretty badly over the holidays. Hopefully I will get back to it this week.

Here are a couple of questions for you if you donít mind. How many miles / week do you plan to peak at and how long is your taper?
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Old 12-28-2010, 12:44 AM
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I just did my last 20 miler today as I am visiting my parents in Redding, CA. I love this trail here. It's on the Sacramento River, and just beautiful. I hope the weather is this good on Jan. 16. Last year I did this marathon in the pouring rain.


My taper will be three weeks long. This next week I won't really decrease the miles, but the next 2 weeks I'll do 30 and then 20 miles/wk, respectively. I am relatively low as far as mileage for a marathon. I will peak at about 45 miles.
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