Official team report and a first timer's report now available...read on!
While most were blaming the chilly morning, there were plenty of nerves present before the start of the Run for the Kids, last Sunday – despite this being the fourth time that HypoActive has entered the event.
Amongst the nine runners who headed out onto the 5.2km course around Alexandra Gardens, St Kilda Road, and the Shrine, were a number of new faces to HA events – congratulations to Ed, Ewin, Ben, Lucrezia, and Jennifer for completing their first HA event! Also, congratulations to repeat offenders Darren, Asha, Jana and Lynchy (who was stoked to finish in the top 4000 – and in fact finished in the top 400). This event also marks Jana’s first HA event since the birth of her twins (Simon and Xavier) last August – although they decided to spend the morning relaxing at home with their dad. The chill had still not left the air a little later when the five runners who were tackling the 14.38km long course headed off (Brian, Meg, Jason, Laura and Dan). But conditions soon warmed up as they got out onto the course – which winds its way through Domain Tunnel, and over the Bolte Bridge, where it then heads back via Docklands, the Casino, and Flinders Street. Whilst all of the long-course runners have run/ridden/swum/walked for HA before, each of the runners had a goal in mind as they set out – whether it was to beat a previous time, or to kick-start their training for other events, or just to get out and enjoy the beautiful morning.
Congratulations to those who took part in the event – particularly those who were revving their Insulin Injected Engine’s with us for the first time, and those for whom this was their first “fun” run.
For any who are interested in an informal weekly run, a number of us often stagger around the Tan (~3.8km) on Sunday mornings – ending up with the most important part: breakfast on Domain Road. Drop Dan an email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or a text (0407 826 346) if you’re interested in joining us.
More pictures from the day can be found here.
A First Timers Report on the Run for the Kids
By Ben Struthers
This was my first HypoActive event, my first fun run and my first contact with other type 1’s. I have wanted to get involved in a HypoActive event for ages so I decided to join in for the 5.2km run. I trained for about 3 months jogging once or twice a week and using the treadmill at the gym. Feb 14th and with one month to go I was just able to complete 2.5km and I was stressing out. I didn’t think I would ever be able to complete 5km. Everybody was saying you just have to find your rhythm and that‘s what I eventually did, because the week before the run I completed 3.1km then doubled it maintaining a comfortable, steady pace.
Blood sugars on the day were a little high. I reduced my overnight insulin and then ate a normal breakfast with a reduced dose again. This lead to me to begin the race with a reading of 11.2. I was quite confused (on what to do) because the race was outside of my routine. I usually exercise early morning before breakfast or late afternoon before dinner and have mastered these times. But the run was fun! It was pretty easy and was definitely different running with tens of thousands of people.
If anybody reading this is thinking about participating in a HypoActive activity I would recommend it, although I did not meet everybody, those that I did meet were nice and not an intimidating group of elite athletes. It was great to run with other type 1’s and the Insulin Injected Engine singlet’s were cool.
Ben (left) with Ed and Lucrezia; and showing off his Insulin Injected Engine shirt