What Was I Thinking – Final Installment!

Ryan and I near the finish line. Yes, that's the ocean in the background.

Ryan and I near the finish line. Yes, that’s the ocean in the background.

5:00 and the alarm clock rings.  Please, can I sleep longer?  Just a little.  Neighbors had a party that went until midnight with a live band.  Please, five more minutes?

Hey.  Wait. This is the Big Day!  The big ten.  Why didn’t I agree to the 5K?  Why is it the 10k? (A question I asked myself a couple of times near Mile 5!) And, I’m nervous.  Why?  It’s something I have never done before.  I don’t want to embarrass my son, Ryan, even though I know I won’t and he’s just happy to have me out there.

Get up.  Have a bit of breakfast and drive to the beach.  I know.  I can hear your sympathetic cries for me now.  “Not the beach!  Why the beach?  Don’t make Phil go to the beach.”  We all have our crosses to bear, and I will try to bear mine bravely.  So, even though there was dense fog in the forecast (Turned out to be remarkably clear of fog), Ryan and I drove the 20 minutes to the beach.

We participated in the Surf City 10.  Talk about a quintessential Southern California location!  The Run/Walk took place on Pacific Coast Highway with rolling waves breaking on the beach to one side and buildings/open space to the other.  Surf bands played along the route.  Palm trees.  Trust me, there is nothing more Southern California than Huntington Beach -and we were there!

There were about 4,000 other folks there to run or walk.  Ryan entered me in the 10K…and I still don’t know what I was thinking when I agreed.  I have done a bit of training as I have let you know here.  Walked a few longer walks in the five mile range.  I was as ready as I was going to be…nervous but determined.

Ryan ran in the 10 Mile Event and had a great run.  A little Dad-bragging – he completed the 10 miles in 1 hour and 25 minutes; he was running 8:30 miles.  Not bad. Not as good as he wanted, but not bad especially for someone who did very little training.

I, on the other hand, finished my first 10K in 1:31.05.  To put that in perspective, I finished my first training walk of 4.4 miles in 1:20 – traffic lights included.  Almost 50% more distance in 11 more minutes.  I must have learned something during those weeks of walking.  I know I can do better because I got an idea of how to walk 10K, and will do so in the next one.  Did you get that?  The next one.  I’m kind of hooked and it’s my responsibility to find our next run/walk.  This is clearly another case of. “What Am I Thinking?” I am giving some consideration to a 5K on Thanksgiving in Oceanside…another beach-side town.  Is there a pattern developing?

My post event celebratory meal?  A brunch of two eggs, tomatoes, dry rye toast, 1/3 of a piece of french toast (VERY light syrup), a piece of bacon, and a piece of sausage.  It seemed like a lot of food and tasted great.  Glucose reading in the afternoon was 79 – so it all worked well.  Now, back on my regular diet.  That meal too often would not be a good thing for me.

One big lesson I did get is that it’s a bit easier to get my rear out and walk when I have a goal.  Is it the same way for you? This is the time of the year, as the days get dark earlier, that I have found it difficult to get out and walk.  For some reason it’s just difficult for me, and working toward this event got me through it.  I had another reason to get out and walk besides controlling my Diabetes.

What’s your goal?  Reduced glucose readings to control Diabetes?  Weight loss?  Are you preparing for an event?  Whatever it is, establish a goal: a definable goal that you can work toward.  It will make your exercise and your fight to control Diabetes easier.

I never saw myself walking in this kind of an event a few years ago.  Before Diabetes I was not in shape to do so.  And, now because I have been walking for my exercise and lost significant weight, I can contemplate it; no, I can do it!  Again, I could not have done this a few years ago, but now I can.   And, I have Diabetes to thank?  Now, that’s a weird thought.

Memo to self: If I had just fought Prediabetes, I’d probably be in the same position, but without Diabetes. Trust me, if I could choose, or go back in time, it would be life without Diabetes! But, it’s not the way things are…so you deal with it and fight to control the disease.

By the way, I had a few shirts made for us to wear.  It made it a bit more fun and gave me another reason to walk.


Yes, I ache a bit, but it will go away.  Nobody can ever take from me that I started and finished a 10K.  So, thank you to Ryan.  I would have never done it without him asking.  Now, I am asking, is there a 5 or 10K that you can enter? Do it with a friend and have a bit of fun while fighting your War On Diabetes.

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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5 comments on “What Was I Thinking – Final Installment!
  1. Congratulations! That was cool. You can never replace the fact that you finished a 10 K.

    • Jane,

      You are so right…nobody can ever take that away. Now looking at a short 5K on Thanksgiving – we’ll see about that one. I walked the second half about 3 minutes faster than the first half; I think I was just kind of taking it easy to see what it was like. Now, I know. There will be a next one!

      Thank you for your encouragement.


  2. beetleypete says:

    Well done Phil, a satisfying achievement, and you made really good time too. You are certainly looking well in the photo, a good advertisement for your advice!
    Regards from England as always, Pete.

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