Diabetics who run Marathons!


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Comment by Mike on October 17, 2011 at 9:45am
Wow! Great time.
Comment by acidrock23 on October 17, 2011 at 4:25am
Nice job on the run!
Comment by nel on October 16, 2011 at 9:36pm
As far as I know the chap in this story does not live with diabetes , however he just finished the marathon at age 100 !!!!
I ran the 10 K last Sunday , Okanagan , BC marathon and I am only 71 ...many more years ahead :)
Comment by Jerry Nairn on October 14, 2011 at 10:24am
So... I've been thinking about the headline "Stunts to Impress" in Higdon's advice on multiple marathons, and the much appreciated comments on me being "BADASS" and "amazing."
Of course I'm often looking for opportunities in the conversation here to brag about things I've done. I like to be called bad-ass. And I don't see anything wrong with that. Some of the greatest achievements of mankind have been done so someone could say the equivalent of "Look, Ma! No hands!"
A good part of people doing this is that it expands the realm of possibilities for others.
In that spirit I feel like I should point out that I know a type 1 diabetic who's run about twice as many marathons as I have, and run them faster.
I've met two diabetics who have gotten the silver buckle at the Western States 100 mile endurance run, and I'm aware of at least one other whom I haven't met. You get the silver buckle for finishing in less than 24 hours. There are probably others I'm not aware of.
There is a type 1 diabetic world class marathon and ultra marathon runner.
I could go on. I guess the point is that while I like being called "BADASS" and that's at least part of why I do some of the things I do, I'm aware that there are others more bad-ass than I am.
And 14 years ago I was a diabetic runner afraid to try a marathon. I was inspired and comforted by reading about or meeting other diabetic athletes, and not just the fantastic athletic ones, but the ordinary folks like me.
Wherever you're at with diabetes and exercise, there are people ahead of you and behind you on the bad-ass scale. Well, since everyone is different, and every life situation is different, there really isn't a scale we can all be measured against.
We are all inspiring each other.
Reading back over this, I kind of rambled. I hope I had something to say.
"Stunts to Impress" aren't necessarily a bad thing.
Comment by Jerry Nairn on October 13, 2011 at 5:15pm
Plan that long run with loops in it, so that you can cut it short if you find you don't have the energy you thought you would.
Now I've done marathons on back to back days, but there was a time when I had only done a few marathons and I thought, "Sure I can do a long run today shortly after completing a marathon." After about 10 miles I felt like I was in the last miles of a marathon again. It wasn't good for me.
Higdon knows what he's doing when he gives hours instead of miles for those long runs. You just need to get out and move for a while. If you need to slow down, slow down.
Comment by Brian on October 13, 2011 at 4:46pm
Wow! Thanks Jerry! These training plans are interesting. Maybe not what I expected but I am a newbie. I realize I just did a long run doing the marathon. It makes me a bit nervous to scale back to such limited mileage. The Sunday training day seems a little ambiguous. I feel like I need one more longer run but I don't want to over do it either.
Comment by Jerry Nairn on October 13, 2011 at 4:33pm
Acid is basically right.
See Hal Higdon's advice at this page, with plans for two or for weeks between marathons:


You're on the four week plan.
Comment by acidrock23 on October 13, 2011 at 4:29pm
I think the marathon *was* your long run so you taper again with moderate runs the weeks between the races? I don't have a vast amount of experience but it occurred to me that that could make sense and sort of explain how people run multiple races/ year?
Comment by Brian on October 13, 2011 at 4:18pm
Ok so if I do this I'm trying to figure out a training plan. Should I revert back to the last month of my original training? Maybe do one more 20 mile run and then taper again?
Comment by acidrock23 on October 13, 2011 at 3:31pm
I loved running in NYC, even though I ran my BG down a shade and had blood all over my day-glo shirt, I had a blast doing 17.5, just from cruising around and marveling at the scenery. One thing you might want to try on your calves would be the CES graduated compression socks? I dunno if your problems were similar to mine or not but I had brutal cramping in the race and ordered some which came today. A bit pricey but they feeel *really* good. It might be worth it for another race. Even if you have a bad run, visiting New York is always fun.

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