Insulin pumps and exercise: Can Omnipod cope with Crossfit?

It’s three years since I first applied to be considered for insulin pump therapy on the NHS. In the next few months I should finally get one. I’ve chosen the Insulet Omnipod. It’s the only cannula-free pump available here in the UK, meaning there’s no risk of snagging the tube that attaches the pump to the insulin source and pulling it out; it’s relatively small, sticks directly to your skin and is controlled by a separate NFC handset. But will it stay put with all the exercise I do? I put it to the test at my local Crossfit box…

Britain's most brutal footrace? 3

The Marathon des Cote: Britain’s most brutal footrace?

I was completely and utterly out of my depth. My blood sugar level was 23mmol (it should be about five). The hills were taller, steeper and more frequent than I was expecting. I was three hours and 10 miles into a footrace that would take at least another three days and 176 miles to complete. If I could just keep…

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

Please donate

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.…

Three disgusting ways running has changed my body

Three disgusting ways running has changed my body

I know what you’re thinking: running is supposed to improve your physical health. And all in all it has. I’m probably fitter now than I’ve ever been. Regular Crossfit sessions seem to be keeping my steadily rising weekly mileage (see this week’s schedule below) from injuring me and the thinking time running affords is invaluable. But I haven’t been completely…

Hill repeats from hell in the Devil's Buttcrack

Hill repeats from hell in the Devil’s Buttcrack

I’ve found a new way of torturing myself: a two mile circuit that follows the northern rim of Devil’s Dyke (a 100 metre deep gorge near Brighton) before looping back up its middle. The other day I did three loops. I’ll be increasing the repetitions and revisiting every week (see this week’s plan below) between now and June’s Marathon des…

Three lessons from my first ‘training’ marathon 2

Three lessons from my first ‘training’ marathon

I’m glad this is rest week (see below). Yesterday, I did a marathon – a proper one with drinks stations, folks in fancy dress and everything. For most of the 12,000 people that ran the Brighton Marathon, it was the end of months of training. For me, it was a warm up for June’s 186 mile Marathon des Cote (MdC).…