Living with Diabetes
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People are always asking me where they might be able to meet up with me next, so here you will be able to see where I've been recently and plans on where I will be in the coming weeks! If you have an event you'd like me to come to or if you'd like me to visit your school, please drop me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and Dancing Danie and I will try our best to get out to you to show our support!
April 16, 2012
Boston Marathon, Boston, MA
Every year, my family and I pack up the car and head to the annual running of the Boston Marathon! While I have never run a marathon myself, I've always loved going to watch this race and am always inspired by the people that run it. The route is unbelievably hard but the atmosphere is so much fun and everyone's spirits are high as they come around the corner to the finish line. You can't help but smile and cheer them on!
In the past couple of years, I've taken the opportunity to raise a little awareness of diabetes while I'm there and I always give my updates on the marathon, how I see things and post them to Facebook and Twitter. My updates can be silly stuff from just meeting random people and having conversations with them, perhaps about diabetes, or checking the carb counts on some of the new product samples that they give out for free. You never really know what's going to happen in Boston on race day!
In the past couple of years, I've also tried to become involved in one way or another on a diabetes level with some of the charity organizations that the Boston Marathon helps to benefit like JDRF, Children's Hospital of Boston, and last year it was Joslin Diabetes Center. This year, I wanted to try something a little different. While my Aunt ran the marathon last year and will do so again this year, I wanted to connect with a runner in a different way so I decided to contact some very special friends of mine who are runners LIVING WITH TYPE 1 DIABETES! Yep, that's right, there are actually runners out there who are going to run this marathon, a whole 26.2 miles, with Type 1 diabetes. I thought this year it would be cool to be able to interview these runners before the race and see how things are different for them as runners with diabetes. The Boston Marathon even allows me to track my friends throughout the entire race using my cell phone, which I am so excited about! With the marathon closing in, I thought I would share my interviews with you about my special friends in the hopes that maybe YOU will be inspired by their stories and get out there and try it too! Be sure to check back here, on Facebook, and on Twitter on race day for my updates, live, of the Boston Marathon! And for more information on the marathon and how to track our "sweet" friends, check out baa.org for more information! You can also find more information on these friends and many more living with Type 1 Diabetes by visiting TeamType1.org!
Photo Courtesy of: Team Type 1-Sanofi
I was diagnosed with Type 1 in 1984 when I was 3 years old. The big difference for me in marathon training as opposed to someone without Type 1 diabetes is having to test my blood sugar and eat more. Bad sugars equals slow running and I like to be fast! I don't test during the marathon because I test a lot when I practice so that I know my body very well. I will have my meter in case of emergencies though. The Boston Marathon is mostly made up of the top 10% runners so it is a very important goal to me. It took me five tries to get in! I carry extra energy gels with me in case I run low. My goal is to run the marathon in 3 hours, 10 minutes but marathons are affected by the heat. It's expected to be in the 80s on Marathon Monday! If it is hot, as they are predicting, I will likely go for a 3:15 or slower right from the start. I wear an insulin pump and will have it on during the marathon. I plan to set it at 50% basal rate during the whole race with 27 g., energy gel every 6 miles. While the heat means my time goal may not happen, running the Boston Marathon is a dream come true and I can't wait!
I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes only four years ago, when I was 36! The big difference in marathon training for me as a Type 1 diabetic is I always carry fasting acting foods like PowerGels, Glucose tablets, or Gatorade even if I'm only going out for a short 4 to 5 mile run (which I almost never run that short). I probably should test when I run, but I don't. I train the way I race and I find that if I eat on a regular schedule, I rarely go low. I do go low sometimes, but it doesn't happen that often. I grew up in Wakefield, Massachusetts so Boston is home for me, which is why I chose this marathon. It's the first marathon I ran and this year will be the 9th time I've run the Boston Marathon. My fastest time in for a marathon is 2:45:02 in Boston and I ran that just after I was diagnosed. If I do things right, I will not go long during the face but I do go low sometimes when I run and in that case, I just slow down. I make sure my training partners know what is going on and I eat, right away! My goal for this year is to run 2:50, but with the weather being expected to be in the 80s, I'm not sure how that will go. I may have to back off the pace a bit since it's going to be so hot and I don't want to wind up in the medical tent! A few months ago, I started using an OmniPod and I really like it. I wear it when I run and will be wearing it on Monday. My main piece of advice being a diabetic is that it does not make you slow! It makes you more cautious and you pay more attention to what and when you eat, but you can still go pretty fast with Diabetes! Try to find a partner to exercise with. I always feel more comfortable when I'm not alone. If something were to happen to me, all my training partners know what to do to help out.
Photo Courtesy of Team Type 1 - Sanofi
I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes on March 1, 1995 when I was 31. Marathon training with diabetes just means an extra step, test your blood sugar and be smart about having gels if needed. I test during long runs of two to three hours only. I have never used a pump before, I've only used injections for my insulin. I am running the Boston Marathon because it's the greatest race! In case I run low during the marathon, I will carry gels with me. I would be happy with finishing the race at 3 hours, 10 minutes on Monday.
Here are some other fun events that I will be attending in the coming weeks, but please keep in mind, they may be subject to change:
April 15, 2012
Dance Marathon to Benefit Children's Hospital of Boston
Emmanuel College, Boston, MA
April 16, 2012
May 6, 2012
Acushnet Fun Run
May 12, 2012
JDRF Five Towns Walk
May 28, 2012
JDRF Rock the Run
June 10, 2012
Ocean State Tour De Cure
June 23, 2012
Hope on 2 Wheels
New York City
September 16, 2012
Ride For Barton to benefit Camp Clara Barton