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Comment by Mike on January 24, 2012 at 8:36am

Although I am no longer (don't know if I ever was) p***ed off about diabetes it is a great motivator during training and during the race itself.
I like to look around at others my age (42) who are healthy and say "they can't do what I do".

Comment by Joe_h on January 24, 2012 at 7:20am

why? because I'm a badass and that's what we do ;) for me having diabetes p***es me off and i like to prove to my f'ed up pancreas, myself and anyone else that I can do this. that just because my body fails doesn't mean that is going to stop me from doing what I want to do

Comment by Suzi on January 24, 2012 at 2:07am

Hi Justina,
I understand what you mean about the comments that people make. I had just ran my first half marathon at aged 33 and two weeks later I had Type 1 diabetes. This made me more determined and I completed the NYC marathon in Nov last year. Nothing motivates me more than people suggesting that I shouldn't over do it. My partner has a way of pulling a face that suggests I shouldn´t sign up for these things. So I rebel and this year I will be running the Edinburgh, Stockholm and Berlin marathons. Just to prove I can! As to why people run marathons. That is easy because despite the pain it feels great and the sense of achievement is amazing especially when you have someting like diabetes.

Comment by acidrock23 on January 23, 2012 at 3:14pm

I ran a couple of half-marathons (2 in 2 weeks...) and my 12 year old said "why don't you just run a whole?"

Comment by Justina on January 23, 2012 at 2:03pm

I guess what I kinda wanted to say was how do you explain to people WHY you run marathons.....I know all of you have heard before "why the hell do you want to put your body through that, especially someone like you with diabetes". I am truly in better shape then most non-diabetics. So what do you say to someone who says that? I don't know any diabetics my age. So I'm a tiny bit flustered.

Comment by Jerry Nairn on January 23, 2012 at 11:19am

Thanks for the encouraging words, guys. It was a beautiful day in Carlsbad. I took all day finishing, but Peter Nerothin, founder of insulindependence, dragged me through it, or I'd still be there.

Comment by Joe_h on January 23, 2012 at 11:01am

maybe show him what precautions you take to make you sure are safe - your cell phone, your training partners, your meter and extra carbs

Comment by acidrock23 on January 22, 2012 at 3:32pm

It's probably hard for him but if he's running with you, that's a good advantage for you. You should make him schlep your dexcom receiver.

I'd ask too if I were running with one of us, it's sort of natural? I ran with a group of runners, most of whom weren't too diabetes oriented but it made MrsAcidRock feel better that there'd be someone around to call 911 if I keeled over.

Comment by Justina on January 22, 2012 at 2:48pm
Just finished a 15 mile run and I feel really good. I tried the Honey Stinger energy at about mile 6. They seemed to give me a bit more energy and I was able to push my pace a bit. I ran without my Dexcom sensor so I'm not sure exactly how my sugars were, but checked at 6 miles and I was good. Now I just need help trying to get my husband off my back....he hates that I push myself. And I don't think it's fair! I can't find the right words to explain why I want to run, he spends our entire runs asking if I'm ok, yeah it's super nice of him but DAMN it makes me feel weak. Any helpful thoughts or words? Oh and I have Lupus too...

Thanks!
-Justina
Comment by Mike on January 21, 2012 at 9:28am

Good luck to all. Especially to you Jerry.

 

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