Category: Diabetes

Why I’m running 186 miles for T1International

Without insulin, you die. Yet it’s estimated that half of the world’s type one diabetics live without adequate access to the hormone most of us take for granted [T1International]. Even in countries where insulin is available, many cannot afford to pay for it. In the US, where the price of insulin has more than tripled in a decade, people are dying because they cannot afford medication that’s free here in the UK on the NHS. Charity T1International is campaigning to change this.

In the below film you’ll meet Ruth, a 16 year old living with type one diabetes in Ghana who’s been put through school by T1International. She’s determined not to let the condition, which is an effective death sentence for most Africans diagnosed with diabetes, from stopping her realise her dream of becoming a nurse.  There’s Cate, from Kenya, where T1International is uniting diabetics to negotiate lower prices on the drugs they need and Karyn in the US, who has seen fellow diabetics die as a result of exorbitant insulin prices.

This is why I’m running 186 miles for T1International

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On 14 June 2018 I am starting the three day, 186 mile Marathon des Cote, a foot race that covers the entire Pembrokeshire Coast Path. No one is known to have ever completed the route in less than four days. I hope I’ve made my motives clear: that people are dying because they cannot access or afford a drug that has been in existence for more than a century is a scandal. Please donate whatever you can to help T1International end this. You can donate by visiting my Just Giving page, here.

How does a type one diabetic prepare for a 186 mile run? 2

How does a type one diabetic prepare for a 186 mile run?

I’m running out of time. In five weeks I’ll try to run the entire 186 mile length of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path over three days. There are no training plans for the Marathon des Cote. This is the first year the event has been held and no one is known to have completed the path in less than four days.…

What happened to my blood sugar when I jumped out of a plane at 15k foot

In the build up to every race, during every high intensity work out at the gym, even when I’m stressed at work… my blood sugar spikes thanks to adrenalin. So what will happen when I jump out of a plane at 15k foot? Here, I show how blood sugar levels can be affected by adrenalin (and alcohol)…

Why an insulin pump is my dream running kit

Running 40 or so miles a week for the past fortnight has been a breeze. Not really. It just feels like that, relative to dealing with diabetes at the same time. See, control of this condition requires consistency, as far as I can tell (see the disclaimer below). And when you’re training for a 186 mile race, setting up a…

Why I quit work to go running

Why I quit work to go running

I’ve quit my job. Never mind that I have three kids under the age of seven to support and I’m fast approaching 40 and still live in rented accommodation, I felt that I had to do it. So I’ve left the security of a job I enjoy, monthly paydays, a pension, paid expenses, IT support, Christmas parties with free bars…

Five low carb meals for marathoners

I’m crapping myself about tomorrow’s marathon. It’s ‘the wall’ that’s worrying me; that dreaded moment when your muscles finish off the last of their fuel and your legs turn to jelly, stopping you dead in your tracks. I don’t want to end up like this pair. You can avoid this horrible fate by loading up on carbs in the days…

The first 300 miles: hypos, hope and scavenging Snickers

I’m not proud of myself. Seven miles into a recent 12 miler across the South Downs, I came across an unopened Snickers bar in the mud, picked it up, stashed it in my bumbag (not proud of that either, but being a diabetic runner makes one necessary) and went on my way. I was getting desperate. Hypoglycaemia has snapped at…