Diabetics who run Marathons!

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Diabetics who run Marathons!

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Comment by acidrock23 on January 25, 2012 at 6:09am

I would recommend saving a few of the anti-inflammatory drugs until *after* the marathon! I hoarded a small stash of "goodies" I'd acquired through misadventure and they helped, even if only psychosomatically?

I agree about living life to it's fullest and using diabetes as motivation. I've seen people puking at a lot of races, even 5Ks and am *so far* always glad that I'm not one of them!

Comment by Joe_h on January 25, 2012 at 6:01am

well said. make today count!

Comment by Justina on January 25, 2012 at 5:54am
This is all wonderful and helpful! Everything you all wrote is how I feel. Diabetes is actually more of a motivation for me to push my limits. Life is short and I want to live it to the fullest! I take diabetes my diabetes very seriously, and try my very best to take every precaution. Just being diagnosed with Lupus last year was the icing on my cake (oh and I'm a cake decorator with diabetes, that is a little funny) with that diagnoses I have been put on multiple anti inflammatory drugs. I went from 25 swollen joints to now only 5! I feel so good!!! Will I next year? Next month? Who the hell knows, and I kinda don't give a s***.....I live in the now. I know there's always a chance I'll wake up in the morning and my blood sugar is terrible, so maybe that day I don't run.....it may even be a race day...that's the way it goes, BUT if my sugars are good...watch out suckers 'cause my diabetic ass will lap you!
I'm off to teach power yoga....I hope you all have a fantastic day!
-Justina
Comment by Stephen Meo on January 24, 2012 at 2:11pm

@Jerry - Awesome meeting you this weekend! Great job!

@Justina - I'm not sure I've ever been asked. I ran before diabetes, and I certainly wasn't going to stop! If I were asked, I guess I would explain how good it feels to be fit, how amazing it can be to go for a long run by yourself on a beautiful spring day, and the feeling of truly pushing yourself, physically and mentally, when you get to that point in a race when you just crawl inside your pain cave but somehow keep going.

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.

 

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