Congratulations to all those who ran in Run Melbourne on July 15th.
HypoActive had three type 1's run the half marathon and five complete the 10 km run.
Well done everybody.
Our team organiser and captain John Thompson has collected some testimonials from those who ran the half marathon (including his own), so read on for some great detailed stuff on blood sugars and running from three of the best!
Type 1 diabetes is the same big challenge for everyone who lives with the condition, but its management and results are highly individual, as you can see form the following notes.
Firstly from Warwick, who scores top marks for his bgl's:
'I managed to run it in a shade under 1 hr 50 minutes, which was pleasing. I haven't been sleeping well due to staying up late to watch the Tour de France, and I had four hypos the previous day, so didn't push it very hard. I started with BGs of just over 7 and finished just under 7, so I seemed to get the balance right.
' I think I saw a HypoActive singlet ahead of me, but they were too fast for me to catch up with them and check. It is a beautiful event, and I liike the music every 4 km or so, especially the violinist. He was there last year too. Truly beautiful. Warwick.'
And from Greg, who only left it a week before taking on his first ultra-marathon:
'Run Melbourne went really well for me, I finished the half in a time of 95 min, which I was very happy with, 7 min faster than last year. My sugar levels were very good for the race. I tested about half hour before and it was 11 but I was happy to start with that as I knew it would drop throughout the race. I had a few jelly beans at about the 7 km mark and then a sports gel at 14 km and tested within 20 min of finishing and sugars were 7, so was pleased.
'Today I ran my first ultra-marathon which is my longest run to date! I knew it was going to be hard but didn't quite anticipate fully the size of the hills and both up and down sections and the amount of rocky sections! I finished 50 km in a time of 6 hr 10 minutes, which I was very happy with being my first. Trail running is SO much different from road running!
'My sugars were good again starting the race on 10 and consuming bits and pieces from aid stations and also stuff that I was carrying along the way. I felt fine going through the 15 km mark so didn't need to test, then I tested at 30 km and sugars were 6 which was great, but they must have been on the way down as walking up a massive hill around 37 km I felt they had dropped considerably so took on a sports gel and about 5 Glocodin tablets to get me to the next aid station where I filled up on some more cakes and sweets and kept going.
'Apart from some painful feet I finished the rest of the race strong and tested again as soon as I finished and they were 11 but I was happy with that. Now for some recovery time! Cheers, Greg.'
Lastly, a magic day for John:
'My half marathon went as per the following: up around 4.30 am and arrived in the city just after six for a 7.00 am start. The weather was fine although cold. Kerri came with me and it was like old times, her first in over four years! Kerri had always come to every event for the last 20+ years prior to getting ill so it was already a magic day!
'At the start and being pretty dark, I had a lot of trouble with my watch, the mere fact that I didn't have my glasses on had nothing to do with it...NOT! So much so, I decided to just run it and try to somehow get under two hours with guess work. I ended up with 1 hour 59 minutes and 35 seconds - so obviously very happy with that considering being 52!
'The event was very well organised with a band every 3-4 km and was basically two laps of 10 km and a fantastic atmosphere!
'Sugars for the day: 4.50 am - 2.9 (very unexpected)
6.15 am - 15% basal for 3.5 hours
9.25 am - 3.0
4.30 pm - 3.5
9.20 pm - 9.2
Monday: 1.15 am - 1.8 (Bugger!)
2.00 pm - 6.6
6.00 pm - 4.4 (I just wanted to know what happened to 5.5!)
Should have tested at 4.00 pm John! - Editor