Bob Day via Crowdrise
October 09, 2012
Mileage Tracker: 1,639
last updated 10/09/2012
10/09/2012: Ran it, finished, enjoyed the hell out of it. Thanks for reading this site and/or donating! The most memorable moment for me during the marathon was when a young man ran next to me and asked me about my Team JDRF shirt. I told him that my son had Type 1 Diabetes. He thanked me for running to raise money, and as he passed me, he said that we would beat this disease ... as he pointed to the insulin pump connected to the back of his shorts.
10/01/2012: Less than a week until the marathon. Despite temperatures around 80 the past 2 days, the forecast for next Sunday morning looks like it will be in the 30's at start time. This is probably the last update until after the run. Thanks for donating!
9/23/2012: Stomach flu hit our house (ALL of us) last week. This is especially tough if you are trying to count carbs and match insulin ... and then you "lose" all the carbs you just put in! Rough week, but we survived. Missed one day of running last week, but probably good to give the legs a little extra rest. Final 2 weeks of training look quite doable at this point. The longest run from now until the Marathon is an 8-miler next week.
9/15/2012: Another lost tooth, and a bruise from rollerblading in the driveway about the size of Logan's insulin pump. Tomorrow's training run is a 20 miler, marking the completion of 15 weeks of the 18 week program. After tomorrow, it gets steadily easier until race day.
9/6/2012: Another milestone reached: Logan began Kindergarten this week, riding the bus and everything.
9/2/2012: Major milestones reached: Logan lost his first tooth yesterday. My monthly mileage hit 210 miles in August, 55.7 miles last week. Injuries have subsided. 5 more weeks until TCM.
8/25/2012: Logan starts Kindergarten in about 2 weeks. He has a special box packed with diabetes supplies: syringes, a blood glucose meter, test strips, AAA batteries, alcohol swabs, a glucagon gun, glucose tablets, and extra insulin pump inserts.
8/22/2012: Logan ate an ENTIRE Davanni's gluten-free pizza the other night. (Did I mention he also has Celiac disease? He's Gluten-free on top of everything else.) Major bolus of insulin for that eating frenzy! Me, I'm battling an Achilles tendon issue -- not fun, but not enough to completely de-rail my training.
7/22/2012: Logan is doing very well with his insulin pump. There has been some tweaking and adjusting of carb ratios and basal rates, but overall it has been good. Marathon training has been good, too. Just ran a 16-miler to start week 8 of the 18 week program.
6/20/2012: Logan received insulin pump training yesterday. Mommy put in his first pump insert last night and we hoped for the best. (We expected this to be a bit more painful than the ~ 4-5 shots he has received every day since last October, and we weren't sure whether he would want to go forward with the pump after this step.) Logan handled it extremely well, seeming to not really notice (and not really mind) the "bump on his rump." He's a real trooper! The pump will "go live" tomorrow if all goes as planned.
5/28/2012: Logan will (hopefully) transition to an insulin pump this summer. That should make it easier to keep his blood sugar in a normal range. My 18-week marathon training program officially starts next week (June 4), although I've been running quite a bit since last Fall. The "mileage tracker" number that appears above shows the number of miles I've run since Logan was diagnosed. It should hit 1000 in late June!
Hi! I am very excited about running in the 2012 Twin Cities Marathon! As part of this effort, I've joined the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Marathon Team to raise money for diabetes research. I hope to be able to complete the marathon (which will be held on October 7, 2012), AND raise a significant amount of money to help find a cure.
Type 1 Diabetes (a.k.a., "Juvenile Diabetes") is when a person's pancreas cannot produce enough (or any) insulin. In our house, my wife and my son are both Type 1 diabetics. Shannon was diagnosed when she was 16 years old, and Logan was diagnosed on Halloween 2011, roughly two months after his 5th birthday.
I've been told that a cure for Type 1 Diabetes is possibly not that far off, maybe even soon enough for Logan to benefit from it in his lifetime. I'd like to make that happen, if possible, in any way I can. So, I'd like to turn my current obsession with running into a way of raising awareness and money for curing diabetes. JDRF's MinnDakotas Chapter is a participating charity in the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon (see info below at bottom of page). I've joined their team and will run the marathon on Sunday, October 7, 2012.
Team JDRF MinnDakotas wrote -
JDRF MINNDAKOTAS will again have a team for the
MEDTRONIC TWIN CITIES MARATHON
The MinnDakotas Chapter of JDRF is pleased to announce that we will be a Participating Charity in the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon scheduled for Sunday, October 7, 2012. Runners will not only have an opportunity to participate in arguably one of the most beautiful urban marathons in the country but also raise essential funds and visibility for JDRF along the way. Or you can run in the 10K or 5K alternative.
If you have any questions, please contact Troy at firstname.lastname@example.org