Plenty of us out there - looks like you're not too far from Cleveland. Over a half dozen of us did the Rev3 IM or half IM in Sandusky last Sept. Look at Athletes with the Betes group on Facebook - creator Tiffany is a T1 in Mentor, OH and has done several runs in Cleveland, Columbus and other places in OH. There are several people closer to the Youngstown area as well - John K. did the Burning River 100 last year. May also want to check out Glucomotive.org which is part of Insulindependence - they had over 100 diabetics/supporters in the Carlsbad marathon or half marathon last weekend. Glu - which I see to the right of my response - is also a good way to connect with other T1s and ask similar questions.
Regarding running fuels - I personally use Hammer gels most often, but always make sure to have a couple with me. Not sure what you're doing with insulin - but that's another question a lot of people have as they do longer distances. Good luck in Pittsburgh - hope to do that race one day. I think (through what I've been told by family members who are still in PA) that there at least 2 other T1s who will be running that race - but I don't have contact info for them.
Depends on what you like foodwise - I've tried sports beans, would think peanut butter would be harder to deal with, and would not act as fast as the others if you needed a BG boost. I think if you check while running you'd learn some things about what your body is doing on the longer runs especially. Body may be looking for another boost of carbs after an hour or so - something else to burn for fuel. Dexcom is something that helps with monitoring blood sugars as well - able to see trends before, during, and after (which is another important area to watch - recovery is something that is easy to overlook, and after effects can show up hours later).
Wow - you're very brave (crazy?) to go out on runs without some sugar...lol I always run with my little cylinder of glucose tabs - they disolve pretty fast and get into your system quickly - and give you enough of a blood sugar boost to last you till you can get back to a food source. I've heard about people having trouble with the jelly bean idea when running - they're too chewy and don't go down easy enough.
I ran my first half-marathon in December and have another one coming up on the 19th of Feb - and I've always been good with popping a few sugar tabs about an hour in to a run.
Back when I was running 8-12 miles regularly, I would run two loops of 4-6 miles, with one stop at the house. Before starting the run, I would have a glass or a bottle of mostly ice with some water in it, and a banana sitting on the front porch so I could just stop for a minute. Now that I'm diabetic, when I start getting more miles built back up, I will do this, plus have a blood sugar meter ready to go.
I really haven't run more than a mile or two since I became diabetic, though, so I might end up carrying the meter with me as I run. I hate carrying things, though. I have never even run with water. I went on a short run this morning and loaded up my sports bra with my pump, my ipod, my house key, and had my garmin on my wrist. I felt like a cyborg, not a runner!
I've been running for a few years now and Jerry Nairn, another member, recommended "Race Ready" shorts. They have mesh pocket in the center of the rear that will hold a OneTouchUltraMini and are awesome for that. They have a couple of other pockets and a great key pocket that closes with velcro too. I have tried some other brands but the Race Ready have the most useful cargo capacity.
I also use an Amphipod belt:
I've found it very handy as it's sort of "modular" as you can get different sized pockets. Some are big enough to hold quite a bit of stuff although I suspect those might pose some chafing risk for longer runs? I use 3x pockets right now, one for jelly beans, which I put into little bags, and one for my ipod and one for salt pills (calf cramps!). Then I attach a bottle of gatorade. I've run with two but I like one more, it's not as hard to keep it in one spot and avoid bouncing that can lead to chafing. I run wiht group on a trail that has water at 5 miles and the group also brings Gatorade and water in jugs they lay out. The "drink" people were not going to run with the group this year but a lady from another group joined and said at the meeting "I've got all the coolers in my garage" so I think we'll be set?
I get the Starburst jelly beans and put them in these bags I get at Hobby Lobby:
LOL at all the questions! I have the clip for my (Medtronic) pump and it clips to the belt. I use b/g for maintenance to avoid lows but bring two bags, just in case. I try to keep my BG pretty flat most of the time and probably have smaller servings of carbs than a lot of people. I got the amphipod at the local running store but got a couple of extra clips for bottles and one of the storage pouches online.
I had an accel gel (I think that's the brand?) they were passing out 1/2 way, or a little beyond in Chicago last year and was ok food wise. Other than the cramps, I think I felt decent but was miserable w/ those.
Re the salt pills, at the "kick off meeting" for the club (through the same running store, a good argument for community!) they were running through topics, hit injuries, breezed by "calf" with "if you have calf issues, get salt pills, they work. I tried them in a half on a pretty hot day the next day and they worked great. If it's psychosomatic, I don't care!