It’s Official. Gulp.

September 30th, 2010 by Amy Gonsalves Leave a reply »

I received my registration confirmation in my inbox this morning.  It’s now official: I’m running the Silicon Valley Marathon October 31st

I know I discussed this marathon months ago, but now that It Is Official I get to speak about it further.

I am running the Silicon Valley Marathon to support Run the Coast which in turn supports The Iron Andy Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to sending kids with diabetes to camp.

If that doesn’t make you want to get up and run for several hours, I don’t know what will.

This will be a new one for me—doing something BECAUSE of my diabetes, ON DISPLAY in a way I’m not accustomed to ever in my life.  Cool.

Sure, working at Bearskin Meadow Camp my disease was on display and on the table all the time… but so was everyone else’s diabetes!  So this time may be a bit different.  Diabetes Outside has put my diabetes out therewhere it hasn’t ever really been before.

Duh.  Start a blog and write about diabetes what on earth do you expect.

Still, this marathon will be very exciting for me.  Physically, of course, I’m apprehensive about the 26.2 miles.  Mentally, a part of me is dreading the challenge and the other part of me is so excited to see what happens I can barely stand it.  Emotionally, I’m split as well.  I’m thrilled to be doing something and speaking about my diabetes and my running and my fitness with my disease and I’m thrilled to do so in an effort to send kids to diabetes camp.

But you probably know as well as I do just how privately we each deal with our diabetes every day.  I don’t mean that we hide our numbers or are afraid to say something to someone else… I mean that there are simply a LOT of blood checks and a LOT of minute adjustments and a LOT of calculations.  To speak about all of them would leave little time for anything else!

So, the other side of my emotional response includes some trepidation about being a type one diabetic, running for Run the Coast and Team Iron Andy, and doing so AS a diabetic, FOR diabetics.  It’s just going to be interesting.  I wonder if it will even be an issue.  (Probably since I’m blogging about it now, it won’t be.)

But I’d best stop typing and get back out there and train.  I only have a few weeks left! 

If you’re interested in donating to either Run the Coast or The Iron Andy Foundation, you can find links to do so on their websites.  Better yet, join us out on the course!


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