What changed in five years to have this much of a change in my 5k time. Was it because today I'm thirty pounds lighter than five years ago? Maybe. Is it because I try to workout at least three times a week? Possibly. Or could it be because I have an all state high school track runner, and a track coach of five all Americans for a wife? That helps a little but that isn't the reason. The reason is that I finally have control of my diabetes. Five years ago who knows what my blood sugar was at when I ran a race. On Sunday I made sure that I had a blood sugar above 130. Having control of my diabetes has made me an athlete. Having control of my diabetes has made it possible for me to train as much as I do. Five years ago if I thought about riding my bike or running to work I would have had no chance at doing so. I didn't know my blood sugars and had no idea how to properly train with diabetes.
After the race on Sunday I was all excited, I had just run a great race and I thought that I would be getting a trophy for finishing in the top five in my age group. I found out later that only the top three in each age group would get a trophy, I was a bit mad once I realized I would not be recieving a trophy. Minutes later the smile was back on my face, I'm not running for a trophy. I'm running because I can and after each race I have a lot of trophies. The biggest trophy is being alive and being able to hug my wife after a race. Five years ago I was headed down a road that would more than likely take my life. I'm very happy that I got off of that road.
Celebration of Life 5k Run
Wakefield, RI, April 26, 2008
PLC Time Pace PLC/Group PLC/Sex Bib# Name Town, State
71 26:40 8:36 13/19-29 47/M 68 Ryan Noonan Westerly,RI
Clamdigger 5 K Road Race Results
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Place Name City Bib No Age Gend Age Group Time Pace
30 Ryan Noonan Westerly RI 71 30 M 4 30-39 22:30.0 7:15/M