All around today may have been one of the best half marathons that I have run so far. My time was a good ten minutes or so from my personal record but when everything else is perfect it is tough to complain.
To avoid traffic I would arrive an hour and a half minutes before the race, for forty five minutes I would be listening to some sports radio, texting Leanne way to early, and drinking coconut water. With thirty minutes until the race began I began stretching and tested before heading out for a warmup two mile jog. My blood sugar was above my normal range but right where it needed to be before I started a race. My warmup would go well and I felt very strong and very confident as I started my walk to the start.
These were my enjoy the scenery and the race miles. I was looking to go at a nine minute pace and was spot on, I hit mile five as the clock read 44:01, a minute fast but all things considered I was very happy. My blood sugar started to level out and crept back to my normal range once I reached mile three. A couple cups of Gatorade and a GU in the first seven miles kept my blood sugar where it needed to be.
This is where the race went south. For the past week I have been battling an injury in my neck. I don't know exactly what is wrong but I can't feel anything from my right breast to my elbow and the pain goes to my shoulder blade. Many co workers and my wife told me not to run. I'm to stubborn to not run, I signed up for the race and unless something is broken I will be running. During these miles I thought about pulling out of the race, the pain was taking its toll and my mile times were a minute slower than I wanted. I'm thankful that I had the honor of interviewing Stephen England in April because his words were with me when I wanted to quit. "I can't quit a race because I can't quit my diabetes" I said that to myself a few times. A half marathon with a neck bruise is nothing compared to the challenge that diabetes presents each and everyday. Once I hit the hill at the start of mile ten the normal Ryan came back, people were walking up the hill as I continued to push and ran up the hill. Wanting to quit and then digging down to climb the hill got me back into race mode.
The final 5k went very well, I ran the final 5k in 23:56 which I was very happy with. Post race everything went as planned, my blood sugar was in range and I was feeling great!! After a recovery snack and some insulin it was time to get back to normal life and hope that all of my post race moves would keep my blood sugar in range. I was succesful until dinner where I crept out of range. I'm currently trying to get hydrated, doing a little stretching and looking forward to watching Sunday night football before falling asleep before 9pm. I'm old, it was a great day and I can go to sleep with a smile on my face!!
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