Diabetics who run Marathons!
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For my half and when I run long in training I use lifesavers. I pop one on every 5 to 7 miles or so and have always had great luck with that. however, I have not run a full marathon yet...until October...so I will see how that works out with my longer runs in training. I was considering using those and supplementing with some sips of Gatorade. I don't chew the lifesaver I tuck it under my tongue or on the side of my mouth and let it dissolve.
I like stuff that works faster and have noticed that the GU/ Gel stuff works more like "food" taking a couple of hours to "peak" whereas candy seems to work a shade faster? Glucose probably works the best but aspirating glucose tablets on the trail sucks. I've had gels before 1/2s and during the full I ran and they seemed to work out ok for BG purposes that way but, on the couple of occasions I've tried them mid-run, the post-run high seems to be exacerbated?
Like Mike, I don't like to chew. I generally use gels. I have a friend, not a diabetic, but a woman who weighs a lot less than I do, who felt that a whole gel at once was too much for her. She would tear open a gel and suck part of it out, then carry it in her hand for miles, sipping a little at a time from it.
Hammer gel advertises that it is all complex carbohydrates, so it may not be absorbed as quickly as others. Excel gel contains a little protein, so that may help also.
I haven't actually shopped different gels for a while, so my info may be out of date.
Hi Sunny T and welcome to the club. I tried different things but went back to GU gels. It is tricky at times and I am careful not to over use - That can end badly. I find that all things that require chewing are problematic.
Hey all, I just joined TuDiabetes, I was diagnosed this past January. I ran 7 marathons without diabetes and in 5 weeks will be doing my first marathon with diabetes. The training has been going well and I have been able to keep my numbers in a good range, though I am still learning the ropes of managing bs. My question is, occasionally after a run, especially 18+ miles my bs is high and I know this has to do with the liver shooting sugar into the system when under stress, I have lessened my use of gels and started doing granola bars more frequently and that has helped my bs stay low; in the past few weeks have been ending runs with bs of 80-125 rather than ending with 250-300 a couple months ago so I am going in the right direction, but I was wondering what types of energy products has anyone found successful for long runs that sustain energy as but don't shoot the bs too high?
It's good to take a breather to test every once in a while too, it's not going to kill your time, unless you are ***really*** close to a goal and, if your BG gets out of whack, it will probably mess up your goal more? People peeled off to use portapotties, get drinks, rety their shoes, stretch against curbs, fall on their faces and who knows what else but nobody paid any attention to me or anybody else I saw testing their BG. They are running and that's about it. If you take a break? Hey, no big deal. At one spot, I saw some guy arguing with the medical people after he'd gone to the tent and he was *not* happy that he was not going to be let back onto the course?
thank you guys for the suggestions and I will do as you say!!
drsoosie,Always carry a meter and test on your long runs during training, then carry the meter during your marathon and use it if you need it.
I haven't carried alcohol swabs, but I guess that's not a bad idea. I do carry a little piece of synthetic towel, like the shamwow things are made of. If I need to test during a race, I wash a finger off with a cup of water from an aid station, and dry with my scrap of towel if necessary. usually I don't need the towel, but I might if it was raining or I was dripping sweat.
I put the meter, strips, lancer, and towel all in the same little baggie, and cram it into one of my pockets.
If you can carry music, you can carry your meter.
Hey, acidrock, you're welcome! Those shorts are great, aren't they? The couple pair I have are so old now, I've got to get another pair or two.
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