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multiple sclerosis

Posted: 09/09/2015 at 13:39

Taking on a marathon is a big deal for anyone but an even bigger one when you have a health condition so I fully understand any concerns you may have.

personally, I don't think that it played any part in my relapse and neither does my neurologist. But even if it did, I'm convinced that my level of fitness and strength played a big part in my recovery. some of my distant relatives think I should take it easy (that's why I keep them distant!). As for my GP, I last saw him 3 years ago while I was waiting for my scan results and he told me I couldn't possibly have MS because people with MS cannot run marathons!!

multiple sclerosis

Posted: 08/09/2015 at 18:42

Hi Zouse, that's ok - your plan sounds good to me!

MS wasn't factored into my marathon training as I didn't know I had MS until afterwards! I ran VLM in the April and then had a massive relapse in June which led to diagnosis.  Previous relapses were few and far between so it took while to figure out what was wrong with me. Like you, I always made a full recovery afterwards. 

I've not done marathon distance since but set a half marathon pb last year on just 3 training runs a week. There's no way of telling what brings on a relapse and your approach sounds very sensible to me - use it or lose it I say!

good luck and let us know how you get on.

multiple sclerosis

Posted: 08/09/2015 at 14:49

Hi Zouse.  I was diagnosed 3 months after running London in 2012 but looking back its evident I've had MS for many years, and during that time I've run 3 marathons and many half marathons and 10ks too. 

I'm still running but not as often and not as far, purely because I'm enjoying other stuff - I joined a surf lifesaving club so most of my spare time is spent on or in the pool or sea.  

in 2012 when I last did London I was training 3 times a week and that was enough to get me round. It's tough - you have to listen to your body, ms fatigue feels a lot like mile 20 of a marathon.  Also if you're on a treatment plan you might want to plan training around that depending on you're feeling.

Building back up

Posted: 27/10/2012 at 13:03
Thanks T.mouse. I've yet to manage 3 runs a week but might try 3 shorter runs and build up from there. 45-50 miles a week - that's impressive! I'll be happy to get to 20 I think, haven't worked out the maths but I've got plenty of time to build up slowly for a spring half.

Building back up

Posted: 27/10/2012 at 11:28
Thank you - didn't fancy the idea of starting from scratch! Just back from a 5 miler & feeling good so hopefully won't be long before I'm back to double figures

Building back up

Posted: 27/10/2012 at 09:31

Hi, I've been running for many years now - averaging 3 runs a week adding up to 15-20 miles.  Have taken part in half marathons and my last race was London marathon in April.   

Since June, I've hardly run at all - due to illness. Averaging 1 or 2 runs a week and not even reaching double figures. Average pace 10 min mile. My last longest run was 6 miles three weeks ago.  I'm ready to start building up the mileage again but can't remember the golden rule..... Is it not to increase by more than 10% a week or 2 miles a week?  I don't want to overdo it but am hoping to do a half marathon next Spring.

Any tips anyone?

multiple sclerosis

Posted: 09/10/2012 at 18:48
Ooops - "well"

multiple sclerosis

Posted: 09/10/2012 at 18:47
Thanks so much Henny - it's good to hear that you are still able to train. Although I'm newly diagnosed it's thought that I have had this for many years during which time I've been very active - I'm sure it's being fit that has helped me - the only difference is that I now know why I trip and fall a lot - many a time I've returned from a run with scabby knees!
My last relapse knocked me for six and its taking a while for things to settle down - at least I now have an excuse for being slow!

I hope you're keeping we'll now

multiple sclerosis

Posted: 09/10/2012 at 17:34
I know this is an old thread but just wondered how everybody's doing?

I've been recently diagnosed with MS and now that I'm back in remission am back running again although I think it'll be a while before I'm back to my previous weekly mileage of 20!

Was just looking for some tips if anyone has any....

A nerve related thing?

Posted: 29/06/2012 at 19:31
Thanks guys - the Internet is indeed a dangerous thing..... In future I'm avoiding all the medical stuff and will just stick to the running stuff - not that I'm running at the mo, that just feels too strange!

Just back from a walk and feeling more positive, might have to switch to swimming & yoga for a bit!
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