Category: Diabetes

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…

Diabetic Dad Runs arse

What does type-one diabetes look like? 

Sorry if you’re eating… for this is my arse. Not literally, of course; mine’s not quite so orange and is a lot larger. I was asked to make this monstrosity by medical device development company Team. Well, kind of. They didn’t specify that I should make a model of a gross, lumpy little backside; they wanted an object or character…

How diabetes gave me a kick up the arse and made life’s rewards sweeter

Diabetes is a rollercoaster, but there’s no reason why a diabetic can’t live a full and fulfilling life. Why did it take me so long to work that out? I’ve been quizzed by the Humans of Diabetes blog on my life as a type-one diabetic. And, unexpectedly, it’s helped me see that there are some benefits to type-one diabetes. The below…