I have written numerous times about diabetes and it seems people now recognize me for my 15-year ailment.
For several years I always publicized information people would bring me about fund-raising events or stories of individuals coping with the illness, but never interjected my personal story. Someone finally convinced me I needed to include information about my own dealings with diabetes and I have done that since.
About five or six weeks ago, I stepped up my exercise routine. My wife, Victoria, decided she wanted us to attempt to run the Great River Road 10-mile race in late November.
On one of the longer runs early, I told her I didn’t think I could do it. She encouraged me to finish that day. I completed the run and have been going through the walls of training ever since. We have worked up to about seven miles on our longest run, although we still have a ways to go. I am on the insulin pump for my Type I diabetes and I have had to explore what to do medically to run that long. One of the reasons I haven’t run longer distances is a fear of low blood sugars, which is very dangerous.
After about six weeks of training, I am falling into somewhat of a routine. On the long runs, I have been unhooking my pump, but testing my blood sugar before and after. I have been getting up on the long run days during the week at about 4:50 a.m. to run an hour or 1 hour and 15 minutes. I want to increase my runs another 15-25 minutes before the race, and I think I will be able to finish the 10-miler if I am not injured before the run.
I’m wondering if anyone else has Type I diabetes and has run longer races? What have you done to ensure success? I would appreciate any input.
I will communicate back after the Great River Road Run and talk about my experience.