What Was I Thinking? – Part 2

Ohh Noooo

Okay, as you know I am walking in a 10K at the end of October.  For those of us who are metrically challenged – like me – 10K is 6.2 miles.  Just so you see it again – it’s 6.2 miles.  Something I kind of have to work up to, don’t you think?  Six point two miles is not something that you just decide to just go out and do – well, I don’t anyway.

So, being a little smart about it, and after consulting with a couple of runners and looking on the internet, everyone seemed to agree that I have to sneak up on 6.2 miles.  In plain English, I have to plan, work and train toward the goal. Sound kind of familiar?  Hint – kind like fighting a War On Diabetes. OH, did I just give that away?

Work? More work?  Really?  Why am I doing this, again?  Oh, yeah, my son Ryan.

You know, he’d love me even if I didn’t get my rear out there.  I’m just sayin’.

During this past week I have walked my basic 2.2 miles and did one; count ’em – one 3 mile walk. I knew I was going to do a 4.0 mile walk over this past weekend.  How bad can an extra 1.4 or 1.5 miles be?

Just for a moment of perspective.  My first walk after diagnoses was .7 miles in 30 minutes.  Once around the tract.  I wasn’t fast.  Didn’t have the best shoes.  But, I got my rear out there and did it.  30 minutes.  I didn’t start out wanting to walk in a 10K; I blame that on Ryan.  I just wanted to control my Diabetes and knew some sort of exercise or activity was important. I didn’t know why it was important; just that I had to do it.  You can start out slow – controlling Diabetes is not a race; it’s putting one foot in front of the other.

Well, that bit extra was 50% more than I normally do at my longest regular walk.  50% is kind of substantial.  But, I did it.  4.4 miles in 80 minutes.  Not real fast, but not real slow either.  I got out and did it this afternoon and burned over 500 calories for those of you who count such things.

While I was walking, Ryan, who started started 30 minutes after I did, ran the same distance.  He passed me coming and going.  I was proud to see him doing it; proud to see him running knowing that he won’t be facing Diabetes if he keeps up his level of activity.

Anyway, I got it done and learned that during the middle part of the walk – the middle two miles, I slowed down just a bit. It was during a time when I was just putting one foot in front of another at about 117 to 120 paces a minute.  My normal two-mile pace is near 128 to 130 paces a minute,

You folks are smart.  You know the analogies to draw, right?  When you are fighting Diabetes it’s easy to start fast, but then it just becomes kind of a grind.  Progress is a bit slower.  You are doing all of the right things – Diet, Exercise and Meds.  You are headed in the right direction putting one foot in front of the other fighting each day for a bit of progress.  It’s also the same if you have Prediabetes.  You just keep fighting a bit each day to win the War.  A little progress each day and you will Win…it just can’t be helped.

Want to know the best part of the whole walk?  It wasn’t finishing it – which I did.  It was when Ryan met me with water about 1/4 mile from home.  Like a mirage in the desert, he turned a corner carrying a much needed bottle of water and greeted me with a smile.

Or was he just showing off at how much energy he had left after running 4.4 miles.  Nah, he met me because I needed the water and he knew it.

Next weekend…five miles.

I’m having way too much fun – can you tell?  Now, where is that Tylenol?

As always, thank you for reading.


I am not a doctor or health professional. I am just a guy who is working everyday to control Type 2 Diabetes. My goal is to offer hope, help and solutions for day-to-day living for the diabetic. The disease can be controlled. It can be managed. And, you can do it!

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2 comments on “What Was I Thinking? – Part 2
  1. Sugar Free Mountain Biking says:

    Keep at it – every bit of activity is a win.

    I’m lucky as I love being out and active . It’s been tough with a broken carbohydrate system but as you say one step (or one pedal in my case) at a time.

  2. beetleypete says:

    Excellent progress Phil, and a good comparison with how to fight disease. Well done to you, and regards from England as always. Pete.

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