A few years ago, I ran the Paris marathon, which is a massive physical and mental challenge for anyone, but I had an additional challenge as I’m a type 1 diabetic.
I became a diabetic because I had an immune disorder, where my immune system attacked and destroyed the insulin-producing beta cells of my pancreas, leaving the glucose in my blood unregulated. This took place when I was 13, following an illness that triggered the condition. Since then I’ve had to learn how to control it, measuring my glucose levels throughout the day and making sure I have the right amount of insulin to break it down.
Constantly managing it isn’t easy and it’s harder when you’re doing lots of exercise. My family didn’t want me to do the marathon. In fact, not a single person I spoke to was supportive of it but that made me want to do it more. Both the training and marathon itself were incredibly tough and at one point of the race I suffered a hypoglycaemia – when my blood glucose levels were too low – and had to stop. But I got back up and kept running to the finish line.
It was the hardest thing I’ve done in my life but also the most rewarding. I proved that I can manage my condition and not let it stop me from doing things in life. As other runners can appreciate, there’s no feeling quite like the one you get after completing a race. Three years after the Paris Marathon, I’m hoping to run a half marathon this year and then another complete one in 2021.
Maxi Lampert | Voice Sales Specialist Associate | London