Diabetics who run Marathons!


Diabetics who run Marathons!

Diabetics who run Marathons!

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Comment by Vanessa on July 8, 2014 at 7:54pm
That's interesting that you get lows if you run over 15km - I start to get a cold sensation at about that mark too, which I thought was more to do with fitness on runs that I didn't vary my pace. I might try upping my speed at 14Km to see if that eliminates that - that should up my BSL and could get me more Km without glucose, I'm thinking.
Comment by Neil on July 8, 2014 at 7:46pm


I have no issue with GI during run under 15km. If I go over 15km I have to start taking in glucose. I find that if I push the pace hard it had the oppisite effect. I will end the run on a high. It takes about an hour for it to drop to normal. Have learnt to leave and not correct otherwise it drops too much.

There is a ultra in SA called Comrades Marathon 90km one year up and the next is year is the down. I have never run a good down run. Mentally to walk down a hill just does my head in. I think the issue is running the first stages to freely on the downs instead of taking it slowly.

Comment by Jerry Nairn on July 8, 2014 at 6:23pm

Hi, Carlos,

I have not done Deseret News, but I have done St. George, which is also a lot of downhill. The only special advice I have for downhill marathons is too late for you. That advice is to do lots of downhill running in the months leading up to the marathon.

For St. George, I trained with a group that did a 9+ mile downhill run every week, by having one runner start at the bottom and run up while the rest of us climbed into one car to get to the top and run down. The uphill runner would get the keys and drive the car down.

It was a little logistic hassle, but well worth the result. Those runs were painful at first, but gradually it seemed to get easier, and we got good at running downhill.

I guess the standard advice for running downhill is don't rush to go faster then brake with each step. Let gravity do the work.

Try to stay light on your feet, just getting your feet out from under you, not catching you.

You should absorb impact by bending and never feel a jolt.

Good luck!

Comment by Carlos Candela on July 8, 2014 at 2:58pm

Anyone done the Deseret News Classic in Salt Lake City. Currently training is almost done for it but any advise on tackling it since it will be 14-16 miles downhill.

Comment by Vanessa on July 8, 2014 at 2:14pm
Neil, that is a superb start... Especially considering the weather! Is your BSL well controlled and predictable for you at this distance?
Comment by Neil on July 8, 2014 at 5:50am


Seems like the runners have gone into winter hibernation or the tennis has been to good or the tour de france. Anyway thought I would give an update from my side. Spent a lot of time on the treadmil the last couple of months. Decide I now have the opertunity to get outside and run a 2km loop. I call it my desert trail. It is a litte sort of an Oasis as there is green shrubs and the rest is sand. I run on the perimiter berm so you have to consntrate the whole time there is no free lunch on this track. 2 jumps are included as well. The weather had a huge influence on the all the runs as we average in the 50C at the moment. I had to move my tun from lunch time to 17:00. It is still hot but it is better. The killer is the wind as this burns you. I love every step of the way and every obsticle be it heat wind or dust just as a added challenge. Miss my buff though.

Comment by Neil on June 25, 2014 at 9:57am


Enjoy every stride you take. Make it count. We will be watching this space. I always say start like a tortoise and end like a hare

Comment by Neil on June 25, 2014 at 9:56am


Thanks makes sense. I am a type 2 I think never really been tested and do not see a doctor often as I work overseas. I will use the pack I have used on the multi day stage races. This will enable me to keep everything separate. I have a special carry bag that takes 1 pen and keeps it cool. You freeze it the night before. More worried for the lows than the highs though.

Comment by wayna on June 23, 2014 at 8:39am

SUPER COOL... you will have to keep us posted on how it goes.

Comment by Justina on June 23, 2014 at 8:38am

OH MY GOD!!!! I'm running the LONDON MARATHON next year :) I just found out <3


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