Nearly there….

I’ve finished 9 weeks of running, which means I’m in the final week of my sub 25 minute 5K plan.

I’m glad I’ve had a go at this challenge, even if sub 25 minutes seems somewhat arbitrary. At the very least I’ve been running consistently since starting the plan and have achieved a new 5K personal best.

It’s not all been a bed of roses…

There have been ups and downs throughout these last 9 weeks – I’ll get to this week’s down later – but I’ve learned enough to realise that this goal is possible. I’ve also learned what I’m going to have to do on the day of the attempt: put in the effort to reach the half way point with some buffer left in my time, and hope I can hang on to the end.

The parkrun this Saturday is going to be horrible, but…

If I can pull it off, what an achievement for somebody who considers themselves very unathletic.

Even if I don’t run the 5k in under 25 minutes, the difference between now and last year where I was scared to go for a run is massive. If you are struggling to get out there and exercise I understand completely what you are going through. Just take a look at some of the posts when I started out, and you can see how hard I found it.

Whilst running with type 1 diabetes gets a lot easier, you can never take it for granted…

This week, I cut short my planned 5 mile run. After reaching half way, I tested my blood sugars and I got a reading of 3.8. Sure, there are probably things someone could do in a race situation to make sure they could complete the race safely. But for me? I ordered an Uber.

Will not running 5 miles today hinder my chances of reaching my goal next week? Possibly. But I think not taking hypos seriously could have much worse consequences.

No plan is more important than your safety.

Published by Marcus Pezzaioli

I started www.diabeticstokebloke.com in September 2018 to document my attempts to get fit after a diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes in April the same year. I believe sharing my story can help anyone who is afraid to exercise with type 1 diabetes, and show that it is not as complicated as it may appear from other sources of information out there. If I can do it, with no CGM and on MDI, starting out as somebody who does not fit the athletic profile whatseover; then anybody can.

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