Tag: diabetic

Stuff I learned running 66 miles

Watch where you poo… & other stuff I learned running 66 miles

The other weekend I ran my first official ultra marathon, around the Isle of Wight, just off the south coast of England. It took me about 19 hours to complete one 66 mile circuit of the island’s beautiful coastal path. That’s a lot longer than I’d hoped for, mainly because of the extra time it took at rest stops to…

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…

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…

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).…

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 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…