Steph takes on the City2Surf
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 15:55
The atmosphere was electric as I waited at the start line amid a sea of 80,000 faces. Looking down at my MiniMed® 640G insulin pump, I saw that my blood glucose level was 10.1 mmol/L. A little high, but nothing unexpected given the adrenaline surging through my body. After running a marathon at the Gold Coast last month, the City2Surf would be a walk in the park.
The gun sounded and we were off. Starting at Hyde Park in Sydney’s CBD, the 14km course goes downhill on William St before heading up through the tunnel at Kings Cross. Knowing what lay ahead, I concentrated on pacing myself so I wouldn’t burn out too quickly. It was my first time wearing a costume at a race, and I was encouraged as the spectators cheered, “Go Super Girl!”
Looking out over the picturesque Rose Bay, I felt like I could fly; and not just because of the cape! I was wearing an Enlite™ sensor so I didn’t need to carry the extra weight of my glucometer. It was so reassuring to look down at my insulin pump and see exactly where my blood glucose levels were sitting throughout the race, and to know whether they were trending up or down.
My hill training had paid off. I powered up the notorious Heartbreak Hill at the half-way mark without needing to slow down to catch my breath. Approaching the turn at Vaucluse, I caught my first glimpse of the ocean and felt excited to finally be on the homestretch.
I had a smile on my face as I crossed the finish line at the world-famous Bondi Beach in a time of 1:16:55 – my fastest ever City2Surf! I had saved precious minutes by not needing to stop and do finger pricks or treat hypos, and beat my personal best time by over seven minutes. And I was super happy to finish with a blood glucose reading of 6.8 mmol/L!
Since switching from multiple daily injections and finger pricks to the MiniMed® 640G and Enlite™ sensors two years ago, I’ve found a new confidence in my running. The ability to reduce my basal insulin before I start running, as well as the added feature that suspends my insulin if my blood glucose levels drop too low, means I can put on my running shoes and head out the door without the fear of having a mid-run hypo.
With my blood glucose levels mostly within target range, I have so much more energy and have achieved running goals that I never thought possible. I’d encourage anyone who is thinking about making the switch to give it a go. You never know where it might take you…
Stephanie was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of five. She wants to inspire others by showing them that having Type 1 Diabetes doesn’t stop you from achieving awesome things. Stephanie is passionate about running, and has survived three ultramarathons.
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