Diabetics who run Marathons!

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Diabetics who run Marathons!

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Comment by DEA on January 2, 2014 at 12:04pm

I like the Honey Stinger chews because they don't have a lot of additives and the honey is a little easier to digest than other forms of sugar.

Comment by jfreeman18 on January 2, 2014 at 11:32am

I have solid shoes! I was wondering if any of you use a specific belt (or whatever those things are called). Wondering what kind of carbs/sugar I should carry with me in the race? So far I'm up to about 3 miles.

Comment by DEA on January 2, 2014 at 11:29am

jfreeman18 -- You probably already know that socks that wick very well and shoes that fit properly and are suited you your gait (stability for overpronation, etc.) are the primary pieces of gear that you'll need. Over 13 miles, they get even more important. I always bring my PDM for my OmniPod with me in a plastic Ziploc bag to keep it handy and dry. I always bring some fuel along, and try to have some pre-race so that it can start digesting before the blood leaves my stomach and slows down digestion. How much running have you done up to this point? I have found, over the past year, that doing run/walk intervals has helped me avoid dramatic drops in BG over the course of a race. It might be worth investigating.

Comment by Joe_h on January 2, 2014 at 7:47am

awesome! having a good training plan is a top priority. after that is trial and error finding shoes, clothing and nutrition that works for you (and your glucose meter) training is where you test the stuff out and keep what works and lose the stuff that doesn't. on raceday you go with what worked for you in the past.

also a good training partner/group is super helpful on those cold dark February sunday mornings when you have to get a long run in. check around for running groups in your area - glucomotive and triabetes are two diabetic endurance groups. have fun and kick ass

Comment by jfreeman18 on January 2, 2014 at 7:31am

Alright y'all... running my first half-marathon April 4. Tips/ideas for how to handle my first race? Best running gear?

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,

 

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