Diabetics who run Marathons!


Diabetics who run Marathons!

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Comment by dann on February 6, 2012 at 1:48pm

meant 10 hour 16 minutes later :)

Comment by dann on February 6, 2012 at 1:45pm

I completed my First 50 mile trail run the "Rocky Raccoon in Huntsville tx"this past weekend, It turned out to be a great day after 4hours of heavy rain (which ended 1 hour into race)so lots of mud -- but hey it was a trail run! I consumed 3Gu's, 4 Power Bar gels (vanillla contains more sodium and potassium then Gu and no caffeine),2 cliff gels,1 honey stiger waffle,6 power bar energy bites (protein),6 cliff shot bloks and 1 Ensure, many small cups of gatorade and heed, all that and 10:16 minutes later it was done. My Bld sugar was a little high at the end but at least I didn't ever go low:)I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to attempt an ultra--lots of support and a good course--I also reduce my basal rate by 50% for the whole run.

Comment by Mari on February 3, 2012 at 4:52pm

That's very exciting to hear that a few of you are signed up to do the Chicago Marathon!! There will be a TeamDiabetes participating in it as a fundraising team for the American Diabetes Association. And it's looking like TeamWILD is going to help with the training of that team!!!

Comment by acidrock23 on February 3, 2012 at 4:52pm

The flat sounds great but my parents are visiting Florida somewhere (Vero Beach maybe?) and it looks really balmy in the pics they've been posting!

Comment by acidrock23 on February 3, 2012 at 3:26pm

When you say "I switched to a group" you have a group of people w/ diabetes you train with? That would be interesting.

How did the race in Miami go with the balmy weather and all that?

Comment by acidrock23 on February 2, 2012 at 8:58pm

LOL at the time sink but I like to have people to kibbitz with and, perhaps, to tell people to try stuff and get off their butts. Whether it was my career as a wild college-rock party animal or my more recent forays into running, having hobbies has been a very useful tool to say "I'm going to ______ and diabetes isn't going to get in the way...". I wouldn't say they are sissies though, I would say they get bad medical advice. And, FWIW, there's a few people who say "%&$# it" and start running, 5K/10K or whatever and have reported good results. The key for me is to not worry about your bg and get out and get some fresh air and run. It is perhaps deranged to need 26.2 miles of fresh air (plus 100s of miles of training, etc...not to mention your backpack!) but the hardest step is the first one.

Comment by Jerry Nairn on February 2, 2012 at 8:20pm

I always hate that phrase, "There's nothing worse than..." People seem to use it for things that are annoyances. When something really bad happens, it doesn't seem necessary to exaggerate.
"There's nothing worse than days of forced marching at gunpoint with no food or water in tropical heat."
Saying that kind of makes it sound like less than it was.
I have written up some of my races. I have a blog, but I'm afraid I seldom put anything new on it.
I didn't even write anything about the Carlsbad Marathon there. But I think I will write something about my plans for White Sands.
I'm not going to start looking at the main forums. I have too many time sinks as it is. I need to get more focused. I'm glad you're going to tell all those sissies what's what, though. :-)

Comment by acidrock23 on February 2, 2012 at 6:17pm

That's rough terrain to race on! You ought to post a blog or something in the "forums" about it. I hang out there a lot and I'm always sort of tired of the "I can't do anything because I have diabetes" but I haven't done half the stuff you have Jerry! It's inspirational that anybody can do a race like this but for one of "us", it's really amazing. Particularly high-fiving a survivor. There's always posts "there's nothing worse than diabetes" but the Bataan Death March is certainly one of them, although I always respond with "being burnt alive..." on the main forum? I'll set a reminder on my phone and if anyone posts "diabetes is the worst thing ever..." 032512, I'll fill them in!

Comment by Jerry Nairn on February 2, 2012 at 11:28am

Congratulations on your commitment to your first marathon, Erin!
And atta boy to you, too, acid!
As long as we're talking about what we've signed up for, I might as well admit to my own insanity.
I signed up for the Bataan Death March Marathon again. It's March 25th at White Sands Missile Base in New Mexico. I did it a few years ago, and it was a profound experience. Thousands of military personnel participate, including many Wounded Warriors. When I did it, there were a few WWII veterans who had survived the real Bataan Death March as POWs in the Philippines. They walked out and shook hands at the start with as many people as they could. Very inspiring.
And the course was something else. Jeep/tank roads, steep hills, headwinds, desert heat, and miles and miles of loose sand.
So having done it once already, I wanted to do something different this time, so I signed up for the Heavy Division. No, that doesn't mean I'm a Clydesdale.
"Marchers in the heavy division must have a minimum of 35 pounds in their rucksacks/backpacks, which will be weighed and verified at the finish line."
So, yeah, I've got to start training wearing a backpack.

Comment by erin2 on February 2, 2012 at 10:33am

I signed up yesterday for the Chicago Marathon too!!! My 1st marathon!!! Excited and nervous!!


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