My first thought was to have family members every eight miles or so. I could grab a Power Bar and my meter at mile eight and be good to mile twenty. But then how does that person get to the finish to see me, also with so many spectators and increased security I doubt that is possible. I then thought about running with a runners belt. A great idea but as a diabetic I have so much stuff to carry that I doubt it would all fit. When I'm running the marathon I will have my glucose meter, test strips, my pricker, five to ten GUs, my ipod, sportslegs pills, and possibly my cell phone. I highly doubt that the runners belt could hold all of that.
I was told on Saturday at TCOYD Worcester that I should wear one of cycling jerseys under my singlet. I have no problems carrying all of my diabetic essentials with me when I ride my bike for six hours why wouldn't that work while running. The only problem that I foresee is that the objects will bounce around while I run. I can deal with that, I would much rather have all that I need than run and get low and have to dropout of the marathon because of a low blood sugar. I can easily put my running singlet over the jersey, the cycling jersey is breathable so I won't have to worry about it causing my body to over heat. This Saturday I have a twenty mile run planned, the cycling jersey idea will make its debut then. I can't wait and believe that I have solved one major marathon worry.