Diabetics who run Marathons!


Diabetics who run Marathons!

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Comment by Sunny T on May 22, 2012 at 10:35am

Hi all, I ran the Green Bay Marathon on Sunday...at 2 1/2 hours into the race they called it off due to extreme heat, there were a lot of people needing medical assistance and ambulances had to be called in from neighboring towns. I was at the 18 mile mark when this happened and was on pace to do a sub 4. We were informed buses would be coming to pick us up, but if we continue running it would be at our own risk but there would be no further on-road support and there would be no official finishing time. I had plenty of water, granola and gels and decided to continue running. Others continued running as well. It was getting hotter and with the lessened support I decided my goal would be to just do my best and not worry about time. I did finish the 26.2 mile course, my watch had me at 4:09:47. Given that it was 85 degrees and climbing and I was pretty happy with that. My BS at the end was about 180 which was good considering I was taking more gatorade than I usually do to be on the safe side and not dehydrate. It was definately a tricky balance to make sure I did not go too high with my bs but also not go too low, I had to draw on my experiences over the training but also I want to thank everyone here for the advice as it helped me prepare for race day. Next marathon is in October and I am confident I can do the sub 4. I do have a question if anyone can help: I did get a pretty a massive blister on my big toe, which has happened at every marathon I have run, but I know now I need to be more careful with my feet. Does anyone have any advice? It popped on its own and I soaked it and have been using bactiban on it, not sure if there are better ways, so far there seems to be no sign of infection. Any advice would be awesome, thanks.

Comment by drsoosie on May 19, 2012 at 7:12pm

Good luck Sunny!!! Today I did 15.42 long run and it was awesome and I feel great. I feel like I solved some nutrition issues. I took two of the SI capsules at 5 and 10 miles and I drank half a vespa before heading out. I used the honey stingers and water for hydration. My bG was great at the end so I am feel encouraged.

Comment by Sunny T on May 19, 2012 at 6:33pm

Tomorrow I will be running my 8th marathon and my 1st one with Type 1 diabetes....thank you all for being such awesome inspirations!

Comment by acidrock23 on May 19, 2012 at 8:59am

Update on cramp issue, I laid off the knee extensions and leg lifts (pulling back w/ a low pulley, supposed to aid glutes, which I figured would be good for running? The exercises seem to have eliminated some creaking in my knees...) for a couple of weeks and did 10 cramp-free miles in 80 degree temps this AM w/ enough gas in my tank to geta nice kick the last mile.

Comment by Sharon on May 16, 2012 at 7:57pm

Thanks! I liked the article; also appreciate the research that is proving runners have healthier knees then non-runners.

Comment by drsoosie on May 16, 2012 at 6:53pm

Sharon I would be happy with that time!! You did a great job!!!

Comment by Jerry Nairn on May 15, 2012 at 12:39pm

Congratulations, Sharon! Great job.

Comment by acidrock23 on May 15, 2012 at 5:16am

Way to go Sharon! 4:28 is a great time! I think your weather has blown here now and I agree it's fabulous!

I ran into this article through our local running store: Joggers live 5-6 years longer

Comment by Sharon on May 14, 2012 at 6:10am

Ran the Brookings, SD Full Marathon on Saturday and got a PR 4:28, which is pretty slow for most marathoners I know but I'm happy to be out there and finishing. Nice course, great support and beautiful day! What a blessing!

Comment by acidrock23 on May 8, 2012 at 7:48pm

Thanks for the tip! $69/12 is pricey but the cramps have been brutal! I'll see if laying off the iron helps in a month...just in time to start training for the marathon!


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