Diabetics who run Marathons!


Diabetics who run Marathons!

Diabetics who run Marathons!

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Comment by Jerry Nairn on August 1, 2013 at 6:37pm

Hello, all!
I haven't been dropping in much, but I get email when there's activity in here, and it seems like exciting stuff going on.
Illinois, do you adjust the basal on your pump before your long runs? My typical practice is to reduce my basal an hour before start and turn in back to normal about half an hour before I think I'll finish.
Fuel is good. People without diabetes fuel for long runs. But if you can avoid having a high blood sugar, it will benefit you more.
I try to work out a basal which requires me to take in a certain level of carbs while running, and I try to fuel to that.
I'm constantly adjusting, and I never expect it to be perfect. A little high is always preferable to a little low, of course.
I'm doing the Ventura Marathon, September 8. With any luck, I will be in shape to finish without it becoming a major sufferfest like my last two marathons have been.
Is anyone else going to the Diabetes Exercise and Sports Conference in San Diego, August 16 and 17?

Comment by illinoisrunner on August 1, 2013 at 6:22pm

I am in the fox valley half. I am going to test myself a little this weekend and see where I stand on a marathon training schedule. Do you carb up before then monitor during or keep all normal and keep monitoring. I find that I need the fuel to get thru the longer runs. Still learning. Thanks.

Comment by acidrock23 on July 31, 2013 at 9:08pm

The NaperTrails Marathon maybe? I've run that a couple of times and it's fun. I know there's a bunch of races then, tuneups for Chicago and all that!

Comment by illinoisrunner on July 31, 2013 at 8:37pm

Hello runners. I am new to running this past winter/spring. I am new to this site and looking for insight into marathons and half marathons. I have a half scheduled in September and thinking of full someday. Learning about my carbs intake before and during. I am on the minimed pump and CGM. I was told I am a LADA. Looking forward to conversation. Maybe some new running friends. Thanks.

Comment by acidrock23 on July 30, 2013 at 5:12pm

Wow Justina, you look fast!! I am gun-shy about swimming and having to deal with the amount of junk involved w/ triathlons. I love bike rides though. I refer to running w/o a belt as "running naked" in my head. I do that for 3-5 mile runs (I have good loops by my house, although there's some "Illinois Hills", up and down to the river, maybe 60-100'? I'm not sure, Garmin knows.

Comment by jen627 on July 29, 2013 at 10:14am

I agree with acidrock23... I used to be really resistant to wearing a belt but it's pretty much a necessity on longer runs and in some cases having that extra fuel has been a lifesaver! (like this weekend when I headed out to run 8 and realized halfway that I'd forgotten to adjust my basal rate... OOPS) Even for races, when you can never guarantee that the course will provide what you need WHEN you need it. Some days I do daydream about what it would be like to leave the house with just my shoes, though...

Comment by Justina on July 29, 2013 at 10:08am

Yesterday couldn't have been more fun! I love triathlons. This was my first tri wearing my insulin pump....I'm ready for another one :)

Comment by acidrock23 on July 24, 2013 at 8:00pm

Justina, re keeping stuff on, I use Opsite Flexfix 4" tape. it's really sticky stuff....

Comment by acidrock23 on July 24, 2013 at 8:00pm

Thanks for the wishes wishers! I love that so many (both?) of you are running her in Chicago! That's the only one I've run but I love seeing the city that way and, of course, it's pretty flat around here. Watch out for Mt. Roosevelt at the end! I agree w/ jen627 on fueling regularly. I like Gatorade and this mix of Smarties and Starburst jellybeans I've come up with. In both full marathons I ran, I had a Gu about halfway, as much for metabolic entertainment as anything but my BG was ok in both races at that point. I eat a reasonable breakfast, 2x pieces of toast, eggs, throw some stuff in the eggs at about 4-4:30 AM and head downtown (I'm in the suburbs...) and then run. I think training is harder than the race as, at least in Chicago, people are passing out bananas (YUCK!!), pretzels, donuts (a guy I was running with last year got a donut, I missed them but would certainly have woofed 1/2 donut if I had seen them! keep your eyes peeled!), beer (I always get this, like on 31st street, you cross the highway and there's a bunch of guys with beer...) and various other goodies. I'll have the race's free gu's but I usually have one. Last year I "oopsed" the gu bolus and did a full shot, instead of cutting it so then I hit all the gatorades the rest of the way but it worked out ok, like 68 at the end o the race but there was beer and potato chips so I was fine. The long training runs are harder as you have to lug the stuff with you. I use a belt. The local group I run with, sponsored by the store, where they sell belts and bottles, are pretty much like "bring a belt or a bottle!" but I can't see doing it without them.

I usually end up with 60% basal jenc but 75% is pretty reasonable too or jen 627s 50%. I only have 2x fulls (if you read back, Jerry Nairn has run 60+ marathons, ultras, etc...) but that's where I've ended up. Cut, but not a lot. Leave room to eat and drink carbs. The "straight" people are hitting the carbs which makes me think we should too? have great races! I think halves are a great distance. It's still a pretty big challenge (and I've blown up in halves, literally, leg 1.5-2x normal size after running through cramps for 4x miles...) but they are challenging and fun but not as grueling as a full marathon.

Comment by jen627 on July 24, 2013 at 9:42am

Hi Jen (great name!), I do primarily half marathons so haven't run many of the longer distances you plan to do... but what really helps me to is to fuel regularly on long runs. I take a Gu every 4 miles (which is for me about every 40 min or so), even when I don't feel like I "need" it. This combined with lowering by basal by 50% is my method of choice... it took a lot of trial and error to get there. But especially on my longest runs it helps to stick with my "routine". Good luck with your training!


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