Diabetes Blog Week – I can

complete challenging races. The race I am most proud of completing is the Pikes Peak Ascent. This race starts in Manitou Springs in Colorado. The race is 13.32 miles in length with an elevation gain of 7,815 feet when the race ends at the summit of Pikes Peak which is at an elevation of 14,110 feet. I completed this race in 2002.

I have always enjoyed pushing myself physically and completing this race was something I was really proud of doing. I ran at the start for a bit and then walked up the mountain as fast as I could. If you don’t pass certain check points in the right time, you are not able to continue the race and must make it back down the mountain.

My sister was concerned with me doing the race as she wasn’t sure how my blood glucose levels would do. Thankfully, they did fine and did not complicate me finishing the race. It felt so good to reach the summit!

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