About 13 years ago I was diagnosed with diabetes; originally I was diagnosed as a Type 2 diabetic but within about 8 months that diagnosis was changed to Type 1 and I quickly became insulin dependent. My wife of over twenty years Kerri is also an avid runner and is my biggest supporter in this endeavor. She is also my biggest supporter when it comes to managing my Diabetes; from inserting my CGM into places I can’t reach to making sure I stick to my diet.
Now being diabetic and an avid runner has its challenges; I’ve faced many of them over the years. As I know many of you in my situation have faced. My plan is to share both my triumphs and failures with the world; hoping that the wisdom I’ve gained will help someone deal with this very manageable disease. I’m in no way going to claim to be an expert on either subject but rather an ordinary individual with a lot to share.
I plan on using a forum for readers to share ideas on diabetic control and exercising; as well as allowing us to build a community to share our ideas and triumphs. I look forward to comments as well as having guest bloggers from time to time.
My current diabetic therapy is the Omnipod insulin delivery system by Insulet, a Dexcom G5 continuous glucose monitoring system, and 2000 mg of metformin every evening. The metformin was added to slow the liver’s glucose production down; it is believed that with periods of exercise my liver would produce glucose and would dump causing my sugar level to rise. There had been times in the past I would run and my sugar levels would rise over 300 making it difficult to exercise or do anything but sleep.
The idea for this website/blog came about a year ago when I DNF’d my first race. This wasn’t just any race it was my favorite; the Pere Marquette Endurance Trail Run. Considered to the hardest trail run in the Midwest. I was about 5.5 miles into the 7.8 mile run and couldn’t go no more I had to stop. It was at that time I decided that I wasn’t controlling my Diabetes quite as well as I wanted to or should be.
Through all of searching I had done on the internet for help and suggestions I didn’t have much luck. I was looking for a central place where amateur athletes who happened to have diabetes could share ideas. I found nothing; I thought on it long and hard and decided to start this endeavor. Here we are. we are looking for input in anyway we can.