Inspired To Run! Inspired To Blog For Athletes With Stents!

Inspired to run: Marty running.

You don’t have to keep up with the Marty, just be out there, with the youngsters – it keeps you young. Photo used with permission.

I ran 1 1/2 mile  4th of July Race today.  That is the longest I have run (and my first race) since my AAA ruptured two years ago.   For a guy who qualified and ran in the Boston Marathon, it was humbling to get blown away by my 5 year old grandson Marty.  But it did feel wonderful to run.” James

Inspired to run

James is out there, another athlete with and abdominal aortic aneurysm stent graft. It’s so good to have company, not that I would wish it on anyone. Well done, James!

Inspired to run! Yep! That’s my mission, when it comes to healthy aging, and getting over major health challenges.

No just running! Any, healthy, safe activity – living is moving!

I’ve maintained this blog for about six years, and every now and then a comment comes in that makes it all feel worth while, like this one, the other day – they come out of the blue, it seems:

“Hi Kevin,

I had an EVAR surgery. Why the doctor went that route in an emergency situation I am not sure. I think he was probably more comfortable with EVAR. I did get a lot of blood and the doctor did say I should be really proud of myself because I went through a lot. I had huge amount of blood and fluids that had to dissipate over time. It took months to dissipate and it was about the size of a golf ball at my last ct-scan. I am back to doing most everything now. I am golfing, I run, and have a normal sex life. I again get the “running high” that I used to get from running. I had my doubts at times, but I am doing fine now. I did experience stomach pains for about 1 1/2 years and I went to the doctor several times to see if I had a hernia, prostate problem, bladder infection, or worse, but each time the doctor said I was fine. The last time the doctor couldn’t find anything wrong, but he still gave me antibiotics. Amazingly the stomach pains I had been experiencing went away. He’s a good doctor. Kevin, keep up the good work. You inspired me to get back into running.” James

How good that feels. To make a positive difference in people’s lives.

James was inspired to run. And I was inspired to continue blogging.

Wishing you happy trails, James and Marty!



  1. I had a stent and started running again, easy running. I have been running 3 to 5 miles at least 3 times a week for 45 years still fills good but billanta makes it hard to breathe at bed time. It’s kind of scary.. doctors nurse said that goes away in about a month. Anyone have experience?

    • Hi jj,
      I was wondering, which kind of stent, heart, aorta, brain, other? This makes a difference, as different support groups understand different things.
      Do you mean Bilanta, for stomach acid? If so, I’d think about diet, but maybe you’ve already been there. I just need a little more information, and I’ll try to send you in the right direction. For heart stents, and related issues, I think Larry is great. Here is the link to his blog:

  2. Hey Kevin,

    My name is Vinod , I am an Indian living in Doha ,Qatar
    I was quite active in sports and was eating healthy , No smoking, very little alcohol, but as a surprise found a block in my artery , which was solved via an angioplasty ( a drugged stent) . Its two weeks now i must say keeping fit helped to recover fast. Initially i was disappointed as i wanted to run a full marathon, But reading your blog and your story makes me inspired
    Once i do my full marathon will start a blog for sure to inspire people

    First target half marathon 🙂
    Thanks Once again

    • Hi Vinod, great idea, BUT, PLEASE TAKE YOUR TIME!!! Let the stent settle into your body. I would wait a couple of months, myself. Using low intensity conditioning. You body has to learn to live with, and embrace, this foreign intruder. Other than that, you should be fine. Your enemy is intensity. I would like to qualify for Boston again, but I hesitate, due the needed intense training for the qualifier. I would monitor heart rate, and read Larry’s blog:

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