Diabetics who run Marathons!


Diabetics who run Marathons!

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Comment by acidrock23 on April 15, 2012 at 10:37am

LOL, I did the group, through our local running store. I was a bit leery of running w/o my iPod (although they are allowed, it would have been awkward I think?) and it worked out nicely. The group was free, which I gather was the exception to the rule, and good motivation and support. This year they've requested that you join the USTAF association which I'm happy to do, although it seems a bit ridiculous. There was a story in Sports Illustrated this week noting that 16 US runners have beaten 2:10. Ever. 38 Kenyans beat that in October!! Still, it's like $30 so I'll do it if it's part of the deal.

The Marathon itself posted training guides and we followed them, We started out around 7 miles in June. The link to last year's guide is here: guide. I ran a 1/2 last spring and was running 8-10 miles on weekends going into it.

I'm sort of back and forth about the running 3 days vs. 4 days/ week? I had horrible cramps last year in the marathon but I'm not sure if throwing in the extra day would have helped. Perhaps running 3 days one week and 4 the next would work but the running group is always on Th/Saturday and have not engineered oscillating weeks yet. I had some great runs in NYC on vacation and probably blathered here about most of my runs here. Most of the time, I stuck to the program but I ran a 1/2 in early September as I was a bit bored of the out and backs by then.

I had always been a "loop" runner, running out and around and was sort of "out and back? blech" but I think it worked out well, you run out and know exactly how far you have to go to be done. The other issue, depending on where you are, is supplies? There's only so many drinking fountains in a lot of communities. We have a nice loop that's like 5.5-6 miles that people leave bags along the side of the trail when the long runs hit. You could keep a cooler in your car too, but that would slow me down I think?

Comment by drsoosie on April 15, 2012 at 9:45am

Starting my training today for the chicago Marathon. Just curious what you guys will do to train. I plan on only really being able to have three solid training days. I did the half that way and it was fine. Also I'm not in any kind of group...just doing it solo. Any words of wisdom would be appreciated!

Comment by drsoosie on April 11, 2012 at 6:52pm

Hi Dane...that's awesome we will be in the same race. I have used Training peaks. Is Dailymile better? Also, how would I friend you on that? Wow...there will be three of us among the 45,000 from right here at Tudiabetes! Neato!!!

Comment by Dane on April 11, 2012 at 3:03am
I am doing the same thing with JDRF! Acidrock is also doing Chicago. Friend me on Dailymile.com so we can train together (virtually). Good luck!
Comment by drsoosie on April 10, 2012 at 10:20pm

I have now taken the next step and signed up to do the Chicago Marathon. I had to sign up through the diabetic charity group which is actually great. I will raise money for our cause and accomplish a new goal all at the same time. So onto a full one!!!!

Comment by offroadaction on April 7, 2012 at 10:29pm

Awesome to hear DrSoosi....great time!

Comment by Dane on April 7, 2012 at 1:09pm
Fantastic half! Congrats!!
Comment by acidrock23 on April 7, 2012 at 11:05am

Nice job, nice pace and nice race drsoosie! Thanks for the report and I'm glad to hear you enjoyed things and nothing (including diabetes...) got in your way! I like the post-race buzz too!

Comment by drsoosie on April 7, 2012 at 10:32am

Hi guys!! Just finished my halfer and have to say ranks as one of the best experiences in my life!!! I ran a 9.26 mile average and came in at 2 hours 12 minutes. The last three miles were straight uphill and killer but I persevered. I don't feel tired a bit, Blood glucose only slighty elevated and that could be from the hill or the last life saver I ate. All my strategies worked and my body feels amazing. Of course now I am planning on doing a marathon next. Thanks for all your kind comments!!!

Comment by Dane on April 6, 2012 at 8:12pm
Drsoosie, I did my first only last December...I am definately hooked. I am excited for you! Let us know how it goes!

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