A Try on Cross Country and Diabetes

Okay, so you know how I was having real trouble running Cross Country with diabetes? So my dad does this whole LinkedIn group thing, and he asks questions about diabetes on it. Most recently, questions about how to run cross country with diabetes. So this other dad with a kid a little older then me answered and told Dad about this thing called a SPIbelt. A SPIbelt is this thing that is basically a little belt with a pouch on it that is perfect for running, because IT DOESN’T BOUNCE. I mean, I get annoyed when I run and my test strips click, so when this thing doesn’t bounce, it’s like a blessing.

So my Dad is going to get me a SPIbelt. I can fit some Skittles (haha, I know, ironic) and one of those OneTouch Minis in it. Which is cool because now I won’t have to carry anything in my hands, which is also annoying.

So I suppose that going low is just one of those things that happen when you run, right? And if you’re a diabetic and run Cross Country, please COMMENT so I can get some advise. Which would be really helpful. PRETTY PLEASE. 🙂

Sincerely,

Claire Montgomery
Type 1 Diabetic, Diabetic Blogger, Cross Country Runner

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3 comments / Add your comment below

  1. Hi Claire!

    I was just surfing the web looking for interesting blogs on diabetes and I found yours. I was immediately impressed by your positive attitude and matter-of-factness about having diabetes. I was recently diagnosed with Type 1 in April… at 26 years old! (yeah, bummer, who gets “juvenile” diabetes in their 20’s?!)

    Anyways, I had two comments: first of all, I used to run 5k’s before the diabetes and I’ve just started running again, too. I also have had the awful experience of going low and not feeling it.. at all! I’ve learned to eat a snack high in carbs and protein about 30 mins before my run, then I test after 1.5 miles (even if I feel great!) and I carry around the “goo” energy gels, and if I’m below 130, I eat one. If I’m really low, I eat a couple. I have succumbed to the mantra of “test early and test often… and then eat goo”!!!

    Secondly, I wanted to comment quickly that I thunk it’s amazing that your parents moved you to Mexico for a year! I used to teach 2nd grade English at an international “colegio” in Mexico City back in 2008. What a wonderful experience for you and your siblings. It is obvious from your posts that you learned a lot and (hopefully!) enjoyed your time there. I was back for a visit to Mexico in July, my first time back since having diabetes, and it was hard to resist all the delicious rice, tamales, tortillas, churros, flan… Let’s just say I bolused quite a bit while I was there.

    Keep up the amazing work. You sound like a fabulous young lady (and I’m a teacher, so I know how to spot the good ones!!!). You inspired me tonight.

    Best,
    Amy

  2. I’m so glad I came across this post. My 14 son was diagnosed 2 years ago and loves cross country. We had a scare at his last meet and I’ve been looking for suggestions and options for him to carry carbs without it annoying him. thanks for the info on SPIbelt!

  3. Hi. My daughyer is aT1D for 3 1/2 years now. she started track last year and volleyball. This year she wants to try cross country. It took us a while to figure out how to keep her numbers in a decent range and now it will be a new challenge. Ceili does gymnastics also. These are all short runs with breaks in between. We look foward to any suggestions or things to try to help her reach her goals.
    I tell her she can do anything she wants in life she just has to plan alittle more than others but it can be done.

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