Tag: Diabetes

My blood sugar eggs-periment: Now I have egg on my face

Will eggs help keep my blood sugar levels stable while running? The answer is a resounding no. At least they won’t on their own. I posed this question a few weeks ago and began a little, ahem… eggs-periment, in which I compared the difference between my blood sugar levels at the beginning and end of my runs. On some runs…

Training: Will yoga help kick the pain in my butt?

Googling diabetes and sports injuries doesn’t make for a very happy read. See, diabetics are prone to a host of nasties. Elevated sugar levels can impede muscle function apparently, raising the risk of overuse injuries; then, among an assortment of other potential ills, there’s something called joint glycation, which can cause the joints to become rigid and immovable (sounds familiar).…

Smoked hamstrings and back pain: can I stretch out of it before my marathon?

Damn this woman (pictured) can stretch. I on the other hand cannot (see below). When I took on my first, and so far only, marathon in 2008 I paid for my tight hamstrings. By mile 18 they were smoked. My lower back was in agony and the pain was shooting down my legs. I necked a few ibuprofen and paracetamol…

Pain, patience and lots of pills: how to defrost a frozen shoulder

Want to see something gross? Apologies if you don’t… it’s probably too late. This (pictured) is the inside of my shoulder. The smooth white surface to the top left is the end of my humorous – the ball that sits in my shoulder socket. To the bottom right is an arthoscopic punch, fed through a keyhole incision at the front…

Running tracks: Air drumming over the hill with Slayer

Thrash metal’s not really my thing. But on Sunday afternoon thrash gods Slayer helped me get over a hill that would have otherwise floored me. See, I’m not used to hills. I live by the sea; the prom I can be found plodding along most mornings has an incline of zero. Thing is though, hills are important. In fact they’re…

Running on eggs: cracking the blood sugar challenge

Load up on the carbs. That’s the received running wisdom. Over the next week I’m going to try something different: loading up on eggs. Bear with me. I’m no expert (see the below disclaimer), but this week I’ve spotted something: on each of the runs I’ve done there’s been an average 40% slide in my blood sugar from the start to…

Diabetic Dad Runs

Run one: It all starts here… slowly

I began the hottest day of 2015 so far with a run along Hove seafront and a dip in the sea. Up at 5.30; running by 6.15; shivering in the sea by 6.50. Not a bad way to start to the day, considering it’s expected to hit 27C later on. Of course, that’s chilly by Saharan standards, and in 2018…