Diabetics who run Marathons!


Diabetics who run Marathons!

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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.

Comment by Stephen Meo on November 25, 2013 at 6:50am

So Philly is done and dusted. Went through the first half in 1:41 feeling relaxed and easy, then around mile 15 or so started getting terrible calf cramps. I've never had cramps before, so I'm still not certain what the cause was, but after switching to Gatorade Endurance I was able to jog the last 4 miles without further issue unless I pushed the pace. Finished a frustrating 4:12. One of these days I'll get one right!

Comment by Jerry Nairn on November 22, 2013 at 5:36pm

Congratulations on your marathon, Joe.
And many is the time I wish I could've said, "nothing hurt..."
That's a good day.

Comment by Joe_h on November 21, 2013 at 10:46am

5:10 @ the bucks county marathon 11/17. very flat performance sunday. nothing hurt but legs were trashed after six miles. I didn't but enough training for my goal time but thought it would go better than this. hardest finish in recent memory but am very proud of that finishers medal

Comment by Jerry Nairn on November 14, 2013 at 10:39am

Awesome job, Jay!
Wishing everyone a great weekend in PA.
Browse back through this discussion for tons of good advice.
Cheers all,

Comment by AlanStJean on November 14, 2013 at 8:44am

Hi everybody i'm new to this group. I've run many 1/2 marathons but plan on running a full marathon for my 50th next year. I'd love any pointers for a full marathon as a T1 with a pump.
Thanks for your help in advance.
Alan (Montreal)


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