Diabetics who run Marathons!


Diabetics who run Marathons!

Diabetics who run Marathons!

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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!

Comment by Bill King on June 4, 2014 at 7:52am

Hi Vanessa - First of all - Thank you so much for having the courage to share with this group the type of advice that many, if not all of us have received at one point in our lives with type 1 diabetes - "you can't" "don't" "why would you" "why should you" "it complicates an already complicated condition." In the end - you will choose who to listen to and what path to choose. For pioneers in diabetes like Jerry Narin, Bill Carlson, Steve Meo, Will Cross, Paula Harper jut to name a few who have been told that they can't or they shouldn't run marathons because it too difficult, dangerous or complicated and decided to ignore the pundits and push on based on their own passions and beliefs that they can and will win in spite of the odds against them to do so. Reminds me of an old PowerBar hat I used to wear and on the inside part of the brim it had embroided - "NO FEAR"

Comment by Stephen Meo on June 4, 2014 at 7:43am

@Vanessa - While it's true most first time marathoners gain weight, it's usually because they overestimate how many calories they burn and therefore think they can eat whatever (and however much) they like. Other than fueling during long runs, I really don't eat much more during a marathon build versus any other time.

As Jerry said - if you want to run marathons, run marathons!

Comment by Jerry Nairn on June 4, 2014 at 12:04am
Vanessa. If you want to run marathons, run marathons.
You were told not to?
Dibetes adds some difficulty to doing some things, things like.. oh, I don't know... Life.
Do what you want, and what's necessary to make it work.
Comment by Vanessa on June 3, 2014 at 9:13pm

Err... Sorry? I was actually told to forget about running marathons now - it's too hard to regulate my BSL and I'll gain too much weight because I'll need to eat so much more than before diabetes!

Comment by Brian on May 9, 2014 at 6:40am

Thanks for the tips. I'll try adjusting my insulin before running. This definitely will require a bit more planning as I often don't know the time that I will run. It's nice to be able to just run out the door at a moment's notice.


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