Diabetics who run Marathons!


Diabetics who run Marathons!

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Comment by acidrock23 on December 16, 2013 at 5:58pm

Great result BJ! I'm glad your BG worked out for you like that, that's a fantastic result both in terms of running and beating your goal and having what sounds like a smooth BG run with a really workable plan!

Comment by BJ on December 16, 2013 at 11:29am

Hi all. Thanks to your comments I was able to run a half last Sat. Started at 147 BG and finished at 124 BG, ran my pump at 75% and had a gel at the 7mi mark. Felt great and was shooting for under 2:15 and finished at 2:12 even though it was only 6 degrees at the start and 9 degrees at the finish. Another half in May and Marathon in Oct. Thanks again!

Comment by Justina on December 9, 2013 at 7:37am

Hello my homeboys and girls!! I'm stoked to hear all your great running experiences :) I just ran the Men's Health Urbanathlon in San Francisco. That was so fun, i totally recommend any of those races. I was able to get the new CGM enlite right before race day. Dear sweet baby Jesus it kicks some major booty. It is so quick and pain free. I honestly felt lucky to get it!

Comment by DEA on December 6, 2013 at 1:22pm

The dropoff around the 7-mile mark is pretty consistent. One other thing I forgot to mention is that my digestive system pretty much shuts down while running, so if I do ingest anything more complex than Honey Stingers, it isn't going to hit my system until after I stop running, so I'd expect to see anything like that (like, say, an Pop-tart eaten immediately before I start) not hit my system until after I was done running. This is why I, like acidrock23, try to eat 1.5-2 hours before I start to have any hope of the food actually working as fuel. That might just be me, though I know the digestive process at least slows during exercise.

Comment by acidrock23 on December 6, 2013 at 4:20am

I get pretty spiky with pre-race jitters or adrenaline, although not up to the 400s. I try to eat 2+ hours before the run, depending on what time I get up (sometimes jitters will get me up early, which is sort of handy...) to give myself time to get most of the bolus out. If my BG is up, I will usually correct but, following a chart in Think Like a Pancreas, I'll take 1/3 of the bolus, including if I'm running and see my BG drifting up on my CGM. It might be less convenient with shots although really, in long runs people are pausing and walking all through many long distance events so I don't think it's a huge deal to pull over, test and shoot if you felt like it would help. My line in this pic is from the Chicago Marathon in 2012 and you can see the little black blocks at the bottom where I'd bolused when it was running up. I saw a 110 on the CGM about the time of the first Gatorade stop and decided to have a snort and it rode up until maybe mile 18ish or so so I drank water for most of the race. I don't suspend. When I run up, I'll to to 100% of the basal rate until it comes down and correct with the 1/3 corrections, using the CGM figure (I usually try to ensure good telemetry on the CGM by racing on day 2 or 3...) to fix it. If I'm not high, I will run at 50-75% if it's > 5 miles and have some Gatorade for fuel. I know lots of people are not fans of Gatorade but it's handy as I buy the powder and mix it,

Comment by Caroline S on December 5, 2013 at 8:33pm

Thanks DEA! I am a former pumper, have been back on MDI for 2.5 years now. I split my Levemir dose and took my normal dose the night before the race since it was so short. I usually do this for every run shorter than 16-17 miles.

Do you find that you have that same 7-mile dropoff on race day, or just during training runs?

Comment by DEA on December 5, 2013 at 5:33pm

Hi Caroline,

Nothing that severe, but I did run a 10K that sent me on a steep gain about 20 minutes after I was done. I chalk it up to your body continuing to raid your glycogen stores as your muscles stop burning fuel because you're done exercising. Are you on a pump, and do you suspend insulin delivery for races? I've found that that exacerbates the issue, so keep at least some insulin going in throughout the race.

Generally, once I hit 7 miles or so, the dropoff in BG is pretty abrupt and significant, and I don't go above the normal range after finishing up at that point.

Comment by Caroline S on December 5, 2013 at 11:17am

Hey guys....long time DOC member here, new TuD poster :) Found this group at the suggestion of Mike/acidrock. I'd love to hear from any of you about your experience with BGs going high during a race. My marathon/long run BGs are fine, but for shorter races the spikes are getting more and more extreme. This weekend I ran a 10K.....15 minutes before the start I was 185, and after finishing it in 50 minutes I was 425 (I s#@& you not). Experience, thoughts, advice, commiseration??

Comment by highway2x on November 25, 2013 at 11:44am

Congrats, Stephen. I share your pain, did the MCM on 10/25/13 and at about mile 20, my legs felt like weights. Continued the last 6 miles at a run/walk to finish in 4:48. Disappointed by the breakdown, was using chocalet 9 as a gel and had some gatorade early on, any one have any suggestions to avoid future occurrence?

Comment by Joe_h on November 25, 2013 at 7:00am

tough day Stephen but you did great considering what you were up against.


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