Tag: Diabetes

Two weeks to go: The only thing harder than running is not running

The only thing harder than running, is not running. With less than two weeks to go before my first 26.2 miler in preparation for the Marathon des Sables 2018, my biggest challenge now is not how many miles I can squeeze in before the starting pistol fires, but whether I can resist the urge to lace up my shoes and…

Five weeks to go: Is a four hour marathon a complete fantasy?

I think it might be time rein in my expectations for the big day in five weeks. I’ve been hoping to get past the finish line in four hours or less, and as my pace has gradually increased over the past few months, doing so has seemed less and less like a complete fantasy. Now I’m not so sure. A…

Fifty per cent cholesterol spike: Time to quit my low carb diet?

D’oh! My blood cholesterol level has soared by 50% in the past year. It came as a bit of a shock when I discovered this a few weeks ago. But I know what’s to blame: it’s the Homeric amounts of pork scratchings (and bacon, butter, ham, cheese, etc) I’ve been putting away as part of my low carb diet. I…

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…

First 75 miles: pace

The first 75 miles: Built for comfort, not for speed?

As Howlin’ Wolf used to sing, I’m built for comfort, not for speed. I’ve run 75 miles since I started this blog. That’s 13 hours and 40 minutes huffing up and down hills and puffing along Hove seafront. Since 30 June, I’ve laced up my trainers on 24 occasions. My pace, averaged out over the course of these runs, has…

Natural Ketosis Co

Review: Can Natural Ketosis help diabetics beat the odds stacked against them?

The odds are stacked against diabetics. Type-one men have an average life expectancy of 66 years. That’s 11 years below average, according to a recent Scottish study (Colhoun, Jan 15, if you’re interested). Type-one women shouldn’t expect to live far beyond 68, or 13 years below average. The same study behind these cheery statistics sheds light on what’s bumping us…

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…