October 2008 Archives

Follow the Bouncing Runner

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If you want to get really up close and personal, you can follow along with me as I train through my training log at MapMyRun.com. For some reason it's only showing one run per week right now, but, believe me, I run more than once a week. I'll figure out what's up with that a little later.

Map my run is a pretty cool site. It's pretty simple to map any run, walk or bike ride. I particularly like the maps in conjunction with their training log. I've found it incredibly helpful to log all of my runs and other exercise and see how I've improved over time and the affect of weather, sleep and mood have on my workouts.

I've mapped out most of my common routes, including the longest run I've done so far: a 12 mile loop around the Charles river in Camridge I did on Friday.

Injecting a few cubic centimeters of mystery juice into your fatty tissue is not really a matter of concern to the typical Hepatitis C patient. What's troublesome is what happens next. It's what happens eight hours later when you go to bed with aches and chills like the worst winter's flu. It's what happens twenty four hours later when waking up is hard to do. Really really hard to do. It's what happens forty eight hours later when the spouse and children you love more than anything in the universe become the most annoying thing in that universe. It's what happens seventy two hours later when you want to rip the head off of the boss who's also one of your best friends because he had the temerity to say "Good morning, how are you doing?"

It's a really big deal when you don't know who the fuck you are anymore, but you do know it's pretty much all because of that interferon shit you shot up a couple of days ago and plan to do again in a couple more days.

And you go through all that on the coin-toss chance that it will actually make a difference.

That's the biggest deal of all.

Why Support the American Liver Foundation?

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  • 30 million Americans - one in every 10 - are or have been affected by a liver, biliary, or gallbladder disease.
  • Liver disease is the ninth leading disease related cause of death in the United States with more than 42,000 people dying each year.
  • There are more than 100 types of liver disease, with hepatitis A, B, and C being the most common.
  • Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, an obesity-related chronic liver disease, may affect as many as one in every four adults over the age of 18.
  • Hepatitis B and C infection significantly increase the risk of liver cancer, one of the few cancers currently on the rise in the U.S.

Many forms of liver disease are preventable, and many more can be treated effectively if detected early. The Run for Research team is working towards a world free of liver disease. Please help me make that goal a reality! Donate today!

There once was a man...

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dchead01_180.jpgThere once was a 250 pound middle-aged couch potato who found out that he had hepatitis C. Today that guy weighs 180 pounds, runs 20 miles a week and is considered medically cured of the viral infection. Oh, and he's entered to run in the 2009 Boston marathon for the American Liver Foundation's Run for Research team.

Back in 2004, the odds of him successfully ridding his body of the Hepatitis C virus were 50/50. The odds of his running in the Boston Marathon were astronomical.

This blog is the story of that man's journey. And he promises to never write of himself in the third person again.

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