Diabetics who run Marathons!


Diabetics who run Marathons!

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Comment by Neil on Sunday

Comment by Neil on Sunday

Today was the day that extra weight was added to the pack. I have forgotten the pains of pack running. Lucky my core muscles are a lot stronger to start off with. My hip muscles are going to take a while to get use to the pack. It seems that the blood sugars are going to have to do the same. Having issues with lows now as I go over 8 km. so having to compensate for this during the run. Making a 6 km pit stop at the office to get a frozen fruit juice. Just glad learning this now rather than during the race.Will have to make sure that I have enough supplies for the 2 days running. Think I am going to test the banana's to see if this will help me get more km before going to low.

Comment by Neil on July 18, 2014 at 11:42pm

The last few days have been good. Today the start of wearing the pack on the back. Going to start off with 5kg in the pack and then add 1kg every week. I expect to be under 6kg on race day but have learnt I always seem to be more so will rather train heavy and run light. The compulsory exquipment lst is short and only the thermal cloths will really add any weight. Will not be training with the racepack as left that at home. So will be using a heavy more military styple pack for the training.
Will keep you updated as the training gears up towards race day. The last few day I will be on the plane so their will be no time to train. Will have a run at least the day before the race.

Comment by Neil on July 16, 2014 at 10:41pm

Well another one of those days. Must have got to about 5km and did not feel to good. Drank more water and said it must be the heat toaday as it was very hot in the sun 50C +. Started to feel even worse and thought this is realy strange. Slowed the pace splashed water all over to bring down the core temp. Then the light went on. You diabetic and are actually having a low. Oops really bad and worried not going to make it to the room. Have to walk the last piece and BS is 2.4. How can I forget that I am a diabetic. Could have made the correction and carried on.

Comment by Neil on July 14, 2014 at 9:37am

Well received the confirmation for the 2 day trail race. Rather expensive at 200 dollars but then it does include 2 x breakfast's and tent so not that bad. Just motivates one to ensure you enjoy it to the max. No PB race this. Will soak up the veiws

Comment by Neil on July 11, 2014 at 7:20am

Well the last few days have been tough running in the dessert the heat has been off the scale and the winds killing. Today been Friday I am just not up tp facing the heated sand blast outside so have decided to take the day off. Rest days are impoertant days as well so hope tomorrow will be better. To make myself feel better I just reminded myself that I did do and extra 3km yesterday.

Comment by Carlos Candela on July 9, 2014 at 5:26am

Jerry, many thanks for the advise. Did few 1.5 downhill milers repeats, but had to run back up the hill. I will definitely keep in mind your strategy to tackle as for this race is mostly finish not PR. Thanks again! Happy Running.

Comment by Vanessa on July 8, 2014 at 7:54pm
That's interesting that you get lows if you run over 15km - I start to get a cold sensation at about that mark too, which I thought was more to do with fitness on runs that I didn't vary my pace. I might try upping my speed at 14Km to see if that eliminates that - that should up my BSL and could get me more Km without glucose, I'm thinking.
Comment by Neil on July 8, 2014 at 7:46pm


I have no issue with GI during run under 15km. If I go over 15km I have to start taking in glucose. I find that if I push the pace hard it had the oppisite effect. I will end the run on a high. It takes about an hour for it to drop to normal. Have learnt to leave and not correct otherwise it drops too much.

There is a ultra in SA called Comrades Marathon 90km one year up and the next is year is the down. I have never run a good down run. Mentally to walk down a hill just does my head in. I think the issue is running the first stages to freely on the downs instead of taking it slowly.

Comment by Jerry Nairn on July 8, 2014 at 6:23pm

Hi, Carlos,

I have not done Deseret News, but I have done St. George, which is also a lot of downhill. The only special advice I have for downhill marathons is too late for you. That advice is to do lots of downhill running in the months leading up to the marathon.

For St. George, I trained with a group that did a 9+ mile downhill run every week, by having one runner start at the bottom and run up while the rest of us climbed into one car to get to the top and run down. The uphill runner would get the keys and drive the car down.

It was a little logistic hassle, but well worth the result. Those runs were painful at first, but gradually it seemed to get easier, and we got good at running downhill.

I guess the standard advice for running downhill is don't rush to go faster then brake with each step. Let gravity do the work.

Try to stay light on your feet, just getting your feet out from under you, not catching you.

You should absorb impact by bending and never feel a jolt.

Good luck!


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