From the Bathroom to Kona

If you’ve been reading RAD for a while, you will know that I have Ulcerative Colitis.  It is something I used to be embarrassed to talk about, but since I’ve started running and competing in endurance events that is no longer the case.  As I’ve become more vocal about suffering from this disease, more and more people have seemed to come out of the woodwork who struggle with the same issues and I know there is nothing to be embarrassed about.

A few years ago my doctor told me that I should not compete in any long distance running events, but clearly I have proven them wrong.  Sometimes it’s hard…VERY hard to find the energy to train or even get through a short 2 mile run because of my UC, but I just take it one day at a time.

I wanted to share this video with you that I found recently by Grant Henry.  Grant shares his story, From the Bathroom to Kona, as part of the Kona Inspired contest.  Here competitors share what drives them to that starting line and why they are competing in the 2013 Ironman World Championship in Kona, HI.  Winners will receive entry into the 2013 Ironman World Championship, along with many other VIP perks.  Here’s Grant’s story…

From the Bathroom to Kona

Grant is raising money for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) and Team Challenge, an organization very dear to my heart.  Last year around this time I was also raising money for CCFA as I was getting ready to run the Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon with Team Challenge, proving that UC can’t hold me back!

Medal & Wine Glass copy

So vote for Grant.  Let’s help him get to Kona a show that UC, Crohn’s and IBD aren’t death sentences, we can do anything!

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  • I love this post.

    I was also diagnosed in 2006. I’ve never been fit but my many courses of prednisone have put my butt on the couch more than I like. I’ve just started training for my first 5K, with hopes of running my first Disney run sometime soon. I’m doing it for myself – to prove that I can. My biggest obstacle will be running away from my house. I have a 3 block radius that I stick to because of my bathroom dependency. Grant – keep up a the good work. I’m going to participate in the Take Steps walk this year, but I would love to do Team Challenge one day soon.

    • It really is hard to find the energy and the motivation, but I promise you that once you get that first 5K under your belt you will want more. It is such an amazing feeling to know that you can do something like that with such a debilitating disease.
      Best of luck in your race and hopefully we’ll be running at Disney together!!

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