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Running the Boston Marathon, With Diabetes.

Marathons are hard.  They're just over 26 miles of endurance chaos, as far as I'm concerned.  I'm not a runner of any kind, so the idea of running a marathon, on its own, sounds like a very busy day.  Running a marathon with diabetes?  Even more challenging.

But Laura Takach is doing just that. She's taking on the Boston Marathon this year, running for the JDRF.  Laura is 28 years old and has been living with type 1 diabetes since the age of six. 

"Running is something that reminds me that my body is capable.  That I'm able to function and do something that everyone else can do."

"Diabetes is the hardest thing I've ever done. I'm learning it's even harder than training for a marathon. At least with my running schedule, I get a rest day. That's why I think it's so important we all continue to work for better treatment options and a cure."

You can support Laura by checking out her fundraising page, and passing on her video.

Go get 'em, Laura!!! 


I'm running the London marathon this year for JDRF, also with type 1. I HATE running and have already sworn I will never run again after the marathon is done!

Go, Laura! I did a marathon in San Francisco in October. (It was not the Boston Marathon, because I could never, ever run that fast.) I'm 27 and have had type 1 diabetes for 24 years. It was interesting training with diabetes. I thought I knew my body and how it would react since I've had diabetes for so long. I was wrong. I discovered that my blood sugar actually raises while running. (I'm still doing injections, but will be switching to a pump soon.) I had to stop and take my blood sugar and a few units of insulin every nine miles. That actually ended up being the easiest part of my experience. Those insane San Francisco hills, however, are another story.

Thanks for posting this. I am training for my second marathon in Pittsburgh May 6. I have been type 1 for 14 years, so it is awesome to hear of others in training.

So inspiring! I ran my first marathon last fall and my daughter with T1 is a huge source of motivation to keep me going. I think of runners with T1 quite often while running, and am inspired with how they overcome what can be an extra challenge for such a huge accomplishment!

This is awesome Laura! I'm the same age and have Type-1 and just completed my frst half-marathon this weekend... already my running friends are encouraging me to now work towards tackling the full monster, so stories like yours make me motivated to attempt it. Best of luck on race day!

Very inspiring!!!!! I'm registered to run the Chicago 2012 Marathon. I use my husband as a source of inspiration and also will be getting involved in a charity to raise money for diabetes research.
Best of luck on the Boston!

Hi, I'm Laura. Thanks everyone for the comments! It's a nice way to help me finish the last few hard weeks of training.

@Krista - San Francisco hills?! CRazy. Also, I didn't qualify time-wise for Boston. This is my first marathon. So I'm doing it with the JDRF charity team (which is how I got the bib number).

@Karen - I find you can only do so many half marathons before you starting veering towards a full. Sounds like you're heading that way too :)

And Kerri, thanks again for posting.

Hi Laura, Congratulations on taking on this big run! You sound very ready :)I am 38 and a Type 1 Diabetic marathon runner and will also be in Boston this spring for the second time! I qualified to run it in 2009 and squeezed in one more time for 2012. Remember to enjoy the sights and the thousands of people that are out to support us! Enjoy!

I'm amazed by all of your stories!! I'm 37 years old and have had type 1 since the age of 14. Although I've always played sports, running was an activity that I didn't think I could "figure out" with the diabetes. Thankfully, I signed up for my first 5K 3 years ago and have now completed in dozens of 5 and 10Ks, as well as 5 Half Marathons! I thoroughly enjoy kicking diabetes to the curb, logging miles, and picking up a medal along the way. I love the challenge. Thank you for proving the Marathon can be done, even with a bum pancreas! Run Happy!

Completing a marathon is a huge accomplishment. Completing a marathon with Type I diabetes is just short of super hero satus! All of you fellow Type I runners ROCK! Last saturday I completed the Pacific Crest Marathon at Sunriver Oregon. I'm 54 years old and have been Type I for 41 years. Diabetes can kiss my finisher's medal!!

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