Right. So. 26.2 miles. As a Type 1 Diabetic.
I haven’t really run long distance in about 4 years when I completed my half marathon back in 2013. Since then I’ve run a couple of Tough Mudders, played football (soccer for my American’s) regularly and stayed generally fit but kept the miles in single digits.
So why the London Marathon?
Well, it’s something I’ve wanted to do since I was very young. Here in England it’s broadcast on TV every year with stories of extremely inspirational people running through the capital raising loads and loads of money for very worthy causes. My uncle has also run it countless times and has expressed how amazing it is, especially that final leg run down The Mall passing Buckingham Palace, so it’s almost become a strange want of mine to experience that. To say that I’ve completed a marathon, the London one in particular, it’s definitely number 1 on my challenge bucket list.
I began training on Sunday with something easy. A fitness setter. Let’s just run for an hour. No pace goals. No distance goals. A simple jog on a treadmill at a comfortable pace to have an idea on how fit I am and how my blood sugars react to steady state cardio.
That’s my biggest concern throughout this entire thing. I know I’ll get my fitness there. I always have, for a variety of events, I’ve put in the work that’s required. It’s just a matter of working hard. This will be different, but I have plenty of time to get my body ready for it.
With diabetes, literally anything can cause a fluctuation in the norm. So pushing myself to run long distance will be interesting, especially how it reacts. As low intensity cardio is an aerobic exercise, it is unlikely much adrenaline will be released, so I’ll see a reduction in blood sugars over time, rather than an increase like you do with resistance training. I’ll be making sure to keep a close eye on my levels constantly. Checking them before and after every run – as well as during on some longer ones.
Day 1. 1 hour run on the treadmill. 5.06 miles. Felt completely fine and levels were 8.2 before and 6.7 after. A decent start.
Until next time.
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