Diabetics who run Marathons!

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Diabetics who run Marathons!

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Comment by DEA on Monday

Brian: I find that doing a run/walk interval keeps my BG from crashing hard. I've done half-marathons at a 3 minute/30 second interval, and although it does lower my BG, the rest breaks from walking seem to keep things more in line. As Mr. Candela notes, though, these are very idiosyncratic parameters we have to tweak to make things work, and experiments with yourself are about the only thing that will get you to a workable solution. I absolutely could not run back when I was on NPH insulin, but the pump has been very freeing; I can decrease basal insulin before starting, so that I don't have anything spiking as my body is getting spooled up for exercise and before I start hitting the glycogen stores for reserve fuel. Again, it's all experimentation until you find what works, just be safe, take lots of fuel with you, no matter how far you're going. Good luck!

Comment by Carlos Candela on Monday

Brian, I run and I am a pump user. Couple things that currently works for me. 1. If I am going for a run, I normally try to have my sugars on the high side 170-200, specially if I am doing long runs. 2. Always carry a energy gel even if I do not planning to use it. (I have been in trouble too many times to leave it to chance) 3. If BG are higher before or during runs, I do an adjustment that could be 25-50% less that I normally do for non-running days. and 4) Keep with my running fueling plan, even if I feel I do not need to take the fuel during the run. Which some times could be very hard, since I feel good at that moment in time and there is no need for it. But the fuel is not for that given time, it is for the 20min or 40min later when the body needs it.
Keep in mind that everyone is different. For me was some trial an error and keeping a log so I can learn from it.

Comment by Neil on Monday

Brian I am not on a pump but also started having issues. I now am on the Banana run. I eat one just before I run I find that I am then fine for the duration of the run up to 15km. After that it is time for another banana

Comment by Vanessa on Sunday
Brian, I know how you feel :( I find that if I eat 2 jellybeans every km I can do 10km without a problem now. All the best!
Comment by Brian on Sunday

Anyone else find it exceptionally difficult to exercise being on a pump? I recently started back on a pump. This morning I ate my breakfast (oatmeal with some berries). Normally, I would take 3-4units with this. I only took 1.5 units this morning knowing I was going for a run. I went for a run with my pump off. I was hoping for 6miles but my blood sugar tanked after 3. I feel like I have to let my bg go into the upper 200s if I plan to do any exercise. Not loving this.

Comment by Neil on July 20, 2014 at 8:42am

Comment by Neil on July 20, 2014 at 8:42am

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

 

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