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Three more races

Posted by @ihatediabetes, Fri, Oct 19 10:03pm

Hi everyone, I finished my first 5k and I signed up for three more races. I am going to do another 5k next Saturday morning in Minneapolis. Its called Halloween Half but I am only going to do the 5k. That's really plenty to me. I went to check out the course yesterday. I am excited to be able to run over the stone arch bridge in Minneapolis. Its beautiful. I really like running with all the people. They make us stand in a runner's corral and we line up by how fast our pace is. I line up in back with people than run at 16+ minutes per mile. That includes walkers and people pushing strollers. Then we hear the gun start and everyone starts crowding through the corral towards the starting line. We have chip timers in our bibs that time us when we hit the start line and finish line. So I really learned a lot from my first race. So next Saturday is my second race ever. I picked up my bib at Runners Room in St. Paul and bought new shoes. I found out from the salesman I need stability shoes and not just neutral shoes because I am a "pronator." I never heard of this before. But it has to do with how one's feet turn in when hitting the ground. So I need stability shoes so my feet can't turn in. That causes injury. So I took photo of my stability running shoes. I am pretty excited about my next race. I did hear that running is good for diabetes. I have follow at endocrinology so I hope I get a good a1c result. I hate getting blood tests and I hate getting weighed. But I don't want all those horrible complications from diabetes that I keep hearing about.

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Good luck next Saturday!

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Yesterday I went on training run. This is screenshot of my path. I went over Hennepin Ave Bridge but I should have taken Plymouth Ave Bridge. So I finished the loop too fast. So I continued to Plymouth Ave and made a U turn back towards starting line. I go pretty slowly but I can maintain slow jog. My goal is to be under 1 hour for 5k. I picked up my bib and shirt two days ago. There's a chip timer in the bib to record actual time from start to finish. I also figured a way to take public transportation to the start line. I know its going to be hard to park.

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@jamienolson

Good luck next Saturday!

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Thank you.

Thx for sharing all this about the chip in the bib and the Line-up areas where people go at their comfort level and the pic of stability running shoes. I do interval running, run fast for 20, walk fast for 40 and repeat. I met a woman whose dr. told her her diabetes was getting worse and if she didn’t get on an exercise plan and a healthy diet with extremely reduced sugar, she’d end up in serious trouble. She started walking a lot more and changed her flour to chickpea, as she loved to bake. She switched white sugar for stevia and she couldn’t believe it. She ate nutritionally in this manner and the weight just melted off her. Her dr says she no longer is showing signs of diabetes but advises her to maintain exactly what she’s doing because her body cannot manage white flour/starch. I enjoy your posts, you’re funny, helpful and inspiring.

I got up at 6am and took light rail to Minneapolis to get to start line of Halloween Half 5k. Happily, I finished and didn't get hurt even though my glasses were fogged up and I had to run over brick pavers for part of the way. Its different than pavement. I made it to the finish line in under one hour. I don't go too fast. But I jog the whole time. Now I have to follow up with mayo endocrinology on Tuesday. That means I have to face the dreaded blood test and the scale. Yikes. Oh well, hope this jogging helps my diabetes. Find out this Tuesday.

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Congratulation! You’re really motivated to get healthier and, literally, taking fast steps to do so. Hope you’re test results reflect are as positive as your self-compassionate attitude. Thx again for sharing all the race details.

@deliasanderson

Congratulation! You’re really motivated to get healthier and, literally, taking fast steps to do so. Hope you’re test results reflect are as positive as your self-compassionate attitude. Thx again for sharing all the race details.

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Hi everyone, I finished my 5k on Saturday. This is my route from my garmin. I am under one hour. That's my goal plus don't get hurt. Tuesday I had my endocrinology and sleep medicine follow ups at Mayo. I had good appointments. My a1c is 6.8 so that's good because its under 7. No meds. My doctor said she will probably run the turkey trot in Rochester because I am motivating her. My next race is turkey trot in St. Paul. That will be a 6k so a little bit longer.

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That’s wonderful. You’re an inspiration for the importance of whole body movement to keep hormones, blood flowing properly. Thx again for all the details.

@deliasanderson

That’s wonderful. You’re an inspiration for the importance of whole body movement to keep hormones, blood flowing properly. Thx again for all the details.

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Hi everyone, this is a screenshot of the three races I signed up for October to December. I hope people think about participating because its pretty cool to experience finishing a 5k when you didn't think you could. I put my medal and bib number in baggie and plan to keep them.

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Hi everyone, this is a screenshot of the three races I signed up for October to December. I hope people think about participating because its pretty cool to experience finishing a 5k when you didn't think you could. I put my medal and bib number in baggie and plan to keep them.

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Hi, @ihatediabetes – that is great you have signed up for these races. I agree – when I completed my first 5K, I was very proud of myself for reaching that goal.

I'd also like to invite @llwortman @jwoj @alpaca @geez @user_cha272278 @ginaquilts @toranut97 into this conversation.

How are your training runs going this week, @ihatediabetes?

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Love the look of those races. I completed a 12K walk (what would that be in miles?) last weekend – it was a chance to walk over the Auckland Harbour Bridge and was part of the Auckland Marathon. Such a feeling of satisfaction and another medal for my cat to bat off the shelf.

I think 12k is about 7.5 miles. I am doing a 6k for Turkey Trot. Today its raining and snowing so I don't know about my training run. I try to go out to the race course and practice on weekends. During the week I practice with resistance training, elliptical, and treadmill. Just a little of everything. When I was training for my first 5k it took me three weekends to finally make it through the whole course. I was doing it in pieces. The final week I tried the big hill that I had to go up from the state capitol to St. Paul Cathedral. There's no escaping the hill. But I made it up the hill just going slow but keeping up the jog. Great thing about a big hill is you get to run down the same hill to the finish line. Then there's all these volunteers with armloads of medals waiting to hand them out. So that was my first medal. Its was the 2018 Twin Cities Marathon 5k race. They had shorter races to get people involved during the marathon weekend. My second race was Halloween Half 5k. Now I am working onTurkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day and Reindeer Run in December. I think the challenge is the cold weather of Minnesota.

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I think 12k is about 7.5 miles. I am doing a 6k for Turkey Trot. Today its raining and snowing so I don't know about my training run. I try to go out to the race course and practice on weekends. During the week I practice with resistance training, elliptical, and treadmill. Just a little of everything. When I was training for my first 5k it took me three weekends to finally make it through the whole course. I was doing it in pieces. The final week I tried the big hill that I had to go up from the state capitol to St. Paul Cathedral. There's no escaping the hill. But I made it up the hill just going slow but keeping up the jog. Great thing about a big hill is you get to run down the same hill to the finish line. Then there's all these volunteers with armloads of medals waiting to hand them out. So that was my first medal. Its was the 2018 Twin Cities Marathon 5k race. They had shorter races to get people involved during the marathon weekend. My second race was Halloween Half 5k. Now I am working onTurkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day and Reindeer Run in December. I think the challenge is the cold weather of Minnesota.

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You are doing so well and the training is paying off. Hills are great to go down! I love that second when you get to the crest of the hill. I'm enjoying the gym at the moment too. I've found a nearby one that caters for people like me and have no trouble motivating myself to go.

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@ihatediabetes

I think 12k is about 7.5 miles. I am doing a 6k for Turkey Trot. Today its raining and snowing so I don't know about my training run. I try to go out to the race course and practice on weekends. During the week I practice with resistance training, elliptical, and treadmill. Just a little of everything. When I was training for my first 5k it took me three weekends to finally make it through the whole course. I was doing it in pieces. The final week I tried the big hill that I had to go up from the state capitol to St. Paul Cathedral. There's no escaping the hill. But I made it up the hill just going slow but keeping up the jog. Great thing about a big hill is you get to run down the same hill to the finish line. Then there's all these volunteers with armloads of medals waiting to hand them out. So that was my first medal. Its was the 2018 Twin Cities Marathon 5k race. They had shorter races to get people involved during the marathon weekend. My second race was Halloween Half 5k. Now I am working onTurkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day and Reindeer Run in December. I think the challenge is the cold weather of Minnesota.

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Thx again, you’re a very interesting writer. You really clarify all the facets of these runs. I walk my dog and do stretches while I walk in a beautiful flower garden. I use the benches for push-ups, etc… my beagle gets me up and out often to catch the sunrise. If I do decide to do an organized run, however, I’d have to give you the credit. Not planning one but…………

@lisalucier

Hi, @ihatediabetes – that is great you have signed up for these races. I agree – when I completed my first 5K, I was very proud of myself for reaching that goal.

I'd also like to invite @llwortman @jwoj @alpaca @geez @user_cha272278 @ginaquilts @toranut97 into this conversation.

How are your training runs going this week, @ihatediabetes?

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Thanks for the tag! I continue to conduct my "virtual races" – generally by walking 3 – 4 miles at a time, with a goal of 3 walks per week. I use the virtual races from yes.fit (I have no stake in their business). Right now I am doing an Oktoberfest walk through Munich. It is fun to rack up the miles and see the Google street view photos of "where I walked!" As the colder weather sets in here in the midwest, I do more indoor walking workouts with Leslie Sansone's Walk at Home videos (available free on YouTube). Good luck to all!

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