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Comment by acidrock23 on April 29, 2012 at 5:55pm

... and way to go Erun! That's a tremendous achievement!

Comment by acidrock23 on April 29, 2012 at 5:46pm

Good job running in the rain Dane! I ran in the rain intentionally for the first time ever today. I got soaked once and caught in a couple of sprinkles but my buddy had stuff to do and we didn't get out until the rain started and just ran. I figured it would be a good idea since the 10 day forecast suggested rain for the 1/2 we're doing next weekend.

RE the sensor/ timing issue, I'm with Jerry, I haven't had any trouble with the mats at any of the races I've run. I ran off the course once to pass some idiots who were running with linked arms.

Re: Hummingbird's question about gels, if you scroll back there's quite a bit of discussion on the subject of gels. I'm not a big fan of them as they seem to take a while? If I have one, I like to have it maybe 1/2 hour before the race, particularly if my BG is running down? Every time I've had one in a race in the 2 hour range, my BG will run up towards the end from the gels. So far, the races I've run have all had Gatorade every 2-3 miles and I've just used that. I bring some extra of my own but 3-4 Gatorade shots, on top of breakfast, seems to provide the right amount of fuel for a 1/2. I had a gel at Chicago but bolused (1/3 the rx'ed amount) about 13 miles into the race, and was down to 78 w/ a mile to go. By then I could have made it but had some jelly beans or something and my BG was ok afterwards. I like to eat after I run and prefer *not* to have my bg flying up into the 200s when I can avoid it?

Comment by Dane on April 29, 2012 at 5:44pm
Erun, congrats on your accomplishment...the marathon is a struggle under the best of circumstances let alone with a low bs and mending from a broken neck!
Comment by Dane on April 29, 2012 at 5:41pm
I just started the Dexcom a couple weeks ago. The CGM was in the leather/plastic case it came in during the race...I will keep it in a baggie next time. It was working again when I checked in the car on the way out...there were four timing mats throughout the race...I still think it was either the placement of the bib or the mats?
Comment by Erun on April 29, 2012 at 5:16pm

I got the out of range symbol on my dexcom cgm after crossing the starting line - chip timing mat. It started working hours after the marathon. The Dexcom tech people say it hasn't been tested against the race mats. I get the out of range signal sometimes just running- I thought maybe it was a little jiggling since I carry the receiver in a ziplock bag pinned to my running shorts. Thought I took enough carbs but my bg was 48 after the marathon.No wonder I had a little trouble finishing. Any finish was a victory considering I broke my neck in 4 places last June.

Comment by Jerry Nairn on April 29, 2012 at 4:55pm

Good job Dane.
What did you do to keep your CGM reciever dry? Medtronic or Dexcom?

Sometimes we never figure these things out. I know on a couple of occasions I was frustrated with a sensor for hours and just pushed on the transmitter and it snapped back into place. I had simply knocked it loose getting in or out of a car or something.

The signal from a timing chip is not going to be an issue, at least it never has been for me.

Comment by Dane on April 29, 2012 at 4:02pm
Ran 13.1 today in Key Biscane, FL...there was a fairly good pour coming down the whole time so not upset with a slower time than the last couple. My (new) CGM did not work which I attributed to the water, even though I know I should be able to swim with the transmitter. My wife figured is was probably interference from the bib with chip. What has been others experience?
Comment by Humingbird on April 29, 2012 at 3:25pm

I was just diagnosed with LADA, and just started on Januvia two days ago. I have run 6 Marathons and numerous 1/2s and other running events prior to this. I am currently getting ready to train for the Air Force Marathon in Sept. while doing other runs through out the summer. Any advice on the gels ? I do not use a whole packet at a time, as I am a petite woman, and found them to be too much at once! Also, any suggestions for meals to ensure enough carbs, etc.?

Comment by drsoosie on April 16, 2012 at 10:40pm

Thanks Sunny,,,I think I have something similar I have not tried yet...

Comment by Sunny T on April 16, 2012 at 9:37pm

Clif Shot Blocks are little cube gels, not like GU gels, they are harder like a gummy. They come in a lot of flavors and they are not too hard to chew, but be careful while running that you don't choke, since they tend to be gummy they can get caught in your throat, make sure to chew well before swallowing, but I use them and have had success with them. GU also makes a similar product called GU Chomps, same idea and they work well.

 

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