Moira Jenkins T1D 18 months finishes her first half marathon (21.1km) with help from exT1D

WELL DONE - Moira Jenkins! Moira T1D 18 months celebrates and savours the sweet taste of achievement with friends after finishing her first half marathon (21.1km) with help from exT1D.

When Moira was diagnosed with type 1 at age 42 it was definitely a bit of a shock but she didn’t let it stop her!

Moira Jenkins

Moira Jenkins (right) after finishing her first half marathon

Moira’s first attempt at managing Type 1 Diabetes while exercising was on a mountain bike trip with here husband along the Gibb River Road between Darwin and Broome (Nth/West Australia), she said “I don’t think anyone saw my tears of frustration and anxiety as I watched my BSL plummet and rise as we road along the outback tracks. I had no idea what the heat, humidity and bike riding would do to my sugar levels… Needless to say despite the anxiety, I learned a lot and came away from the trip motivated and determined. I decided to get fit and strong as possible and not to ever let the diabetes dictate what I can and can’t do”.

It’s not my fault… During a training run a friend suggested I run the Adelaide Half marathon in a couple of months - I laughed! I never would have dreamed I could do a half marathon – even before the diabetes diagnosis. When I started running my initial aim was running 10km without dying in the process… But my friend Barb had planted a seed when she said… I have just completed my first half marathon.

How Moira managed her T1D… The night before the half marathon I had my usual night time insulin. This is the long acting insulin that is absorbed at a steady level for 24 hours. Breakfast I had a banana smoothly with yoghurt, and a piece of toast. I gave myself slightly less of the short acting insulin than I would normally give myself as I wanted my BSL to be a bit high, and I know that exercise makes my body more sensitive to the effects of insulin. However, when I got to the race, it was 21!!!! Normally that would have freaked me out, but I knew that I had no ketones present and this was mostly caused by pre-event butterflies and that the running I was about to do would increase my sensitivity to circulating insulin and help bring my blood sugar levels down… Near end of the race I tested it and it was 9mmol, so I took advantage of the jelly beans that I had in my running pouch. I felt really overwhelmed with emotion as I finished the race in 2 hours and 20 minutes. The fact that I had run 21.1km run despite having type 1 diabetes was such an awesome feeling I cried. Just before I tucked into my post race bacon and eggs my blood sugar level was 5.7 – lovely! It stayed around that for the rest of the day.

Now I have a personal best! I can start to work on improving that! I couldn’t have done it without the support of the running group, without the support of Allan Bolton and his website, and without the support and encouragement of my running buddy Domm. Thanks guys. I owe you big time.

Now I am dreaming of a whole marathon. Dreaming I said! But it all starts with dreams doesn’t it.

Got to say Allan, the tips and advice I gained from your website were invaluable not just for the half marathon, but for increasing my level of confidence as my running increased and I challenged my body further. My endocrinologist also agreed with the strategies that I was putting in place and agreed with a number of things that the website had shown me.