Diabetics who run Marathons!


Diabetics who run Marathons!

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Comment by Jerry Nairn on June 5, 2014 at 12:12pm

Congratulations on the half marathon and the tremendous PR, BJ.

I don't use a hydration belt, but it certainly works for a lot of people. I used to wear a belt which held a large water bottle horizontally against my back, and I liked it fine, but my dog chewed it up and I just started carrying the bottle in my hand, switching it back and forth as I run.

It doesn't bother me much, and I stay aware of how much water I'm drinking. I just carry water, usually. I use energy gels and if it's hot, electrolyte capsules.

But I don't carry the water bottle on race day. I drink at the water stops on the course.

Comment by Stephen Meo on June 5, 2014 at 12:07pm

@BJ - Congrats on the new PR. Ten minutes is HUGE! With regards to hydration - I am a firm believer in the "drink only when thirsty" camp and if I'm out for less than 90 minutes or so will only take water if it's especially hot. For those long hot runs, I either use the "stash a bottle" tactic or wear a Salomon hydration pack like this: http://www.salomon.com/us/range/trail-running-bags-packs.html

With regard to the calf cramps - the science seems to suggest that they are neither hydration related nor electrolyte related, rather neuromuscular. Some really interesting sections about it in Tim Noakes' excellent "Waterlogged" for anyone that wants to learn more. I know for me, I tend to get them when I've gone out too fast for my training.

Good luck!

Comment by BJ on June 5, 2014 at 11:52am

Thanks, thats what i think I'm concerned with most. I don't like the thought of having something around my waist. tried the hand held thing and hated it. During the half last weekend I think I just didn't stop at all the water stops they were so crowded with runners who stopped a the tables it was hard to get in until later in the race. My fault. Got water after i had my gel but have been training with out much hydration, trying to get a handle on the whole thing. That was the first time with the cramps, didn't effect the run to much, just would like to try to avoid them in the future. I also have a very supportive Endo who is a long term T1, and a CDE who marathons so that end is cool. My BGs are good been a little on the high side since the last race but that was expected. I may begin the stash the water game on my routes so that I don't have to carry anything. Still in the planning stages. every day is a new adventure.

Comment by jen627 on June 5, 2014 at 11:22am

Just want to chime in and say that I am a long-time Type 1, long-time long distance runner. There ARE supportive docs/endos out there! Mine has helped tremendously and been very encouraging of this hobby.

BJ, I have done one full marathon and many half marathons. Hydration is something I have struggled with - I too hate wearing the belt, and it was hard for my stomach to adapt to drinking as much as I needed to, but it makes a HUGE difference when I am properly hydrated. I too had leg cramps and also a lot of stomach upset after my longest runs this past winter when training for a 20-mile race. I tried a few different styles of bottles and have made peace with the single-bottle-in-the-small-of-my-back style. On extra long runs or warmer days, I will add nuun tablets to my water, which have electrolytes but less sugar than the average sports drink. My favorite runs are still probably the ones I can run without that thing around my waist, but it's made a huge difference in the muscle cramps and post-run recovery (and for me is essential in summer).

Comment by highway2x on June 5, 2014 at 11:12am

BJ I have done several half and full marathons in the past few years. I did try the hydration belt, but wasn't happy with it. I'll start training soon for the Marine Corps marathon in October. When I train I have two separate 5 mile loops close to home, and make a quick outside pickup of a water bottle every 5 miles. I found the water stations in the runs I have done to be ample. However it sounds like the leg cramps may be hydration related. Well as they say to each his own try the hydration belt to determine how it works for you.

Comment by BJ on June 5, 2014 at 8:33am

Hi everyone,

Completed a half last Sunday, first great day weather wise in my area in a while (Northeast MA). Had a great run. Now am starting to begin my ramp up for a full marathon in Oct. (Maine marathon in Portland ME in early Oct.) Anyway my question is does any one use a hydration belt? I feel like I'm doing well with the fueling portion of the training but I'm not on the hydration side. I haven't really added the fluids to the training runs. I usually eat a GU gel at around 6 miles or about 50 mins in and since my longs are only up to 14 miles at this point I normally don't get thirsty. But with summer coming and my training longs getting longer I need to address how to carry water and when to use it. I also had a few calf cramps at around mile 12 during the race Sunday (at the time I figured that this was because I was pushing to go under 2 hours), I thinking now that maybe I didn't take in enough water during the race. I have time to experiment so any guidance would be great. BTW I PR'd Sunday by almost 10 mins.

Comment by Vanessa on June 4, 2014 at 9:48pm

I can see what you mean, Wayna and Jerry. I'll certainly bring up the testing with my endo next week when I go in. One positive piece of news - I ran 2Km this morning :) I felt like going much further, but decided I'd better not push it for now. My BSL was high afterwards though... It's ok now. Interesting!

Comment by Jerry Nairn on June 4, 2014 at 5:02pm

Hi, Vanessa,

Wayna is one example. I know other type 2 diabetic marathon and half marathon runners.

I saw on your profile page that someone suggested the antibody test. That's one of two (that I know of ) tests for diabetes "type." The other test is for C-peptide levels, which indicate how much insulin you are producing.

Just judging from the advice of not running marathons, I would have low confidence in your diagnosis of type 2 until it was confirmed with some testing.

Comment by wayna on June 4, 2014 at 3:27pm

from a type 2 on insulin it is possible to run/walk a full marathon.. just stick with it you can make it just have a great time running the race.

Comment by Vanessa on June 4, 2014 at 3:15pm

Thanks for the encouragement, Jerry, Stephen and Bill. I actually have type 2 diabetes. It was a big shock because I have a healthy BMI and run regularly. In the space of 3 weeks, I went from healthy to taking 2 anti-diabetic tablets to insulin as well. I mentioned running another marathon to my health care team and they likened it to 'suicide' while I'm still settling into things. I'm feeling encouraged that there is hope after reading your posts and profiles. Thanks heaps!


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