Team Diabadass runner Doug Masiuk is the first and only Type 1 to run solo across the continental United States. He was diagnosed at age three, the day after Halloween, in 1977. He chronicles his running adventures at DougMasiuk.com and on his Facebook page, 1Run.
What’s the toughest run you ever did?
That’s easy. It had to be running across the US in 2012. But in terms of individual days, I’ve had fast miles and hard miles. My fastest mile was 4 minutes and 15 seconds. My longest mile took me 2 days.
How do you train?
Believe it or not, I’m fairly new to formal or organized ultra races. I’ve done the Leadville 26, 50, and 100-mile races just this past summer. I always like to have something to shoot for. This year, it was beating the record for running the Appalachian Trail, but early in the run I managed to end up with a piece of metal embedded in my toe, which caused a horrible infection, and had to call things off.
How do you stay focused?
On my run across the US, I had meetings scheduled in some of the towns. I thought about those part of the time. Along the way I met and spoke with 150,000 people.
What would you tell someone just diagnosed?
That exercise is important in bettering our diabetes and preventing complications where we can.
What motivates you?
I keep thinking about the Appalachian Trail. It’s waiting there for me, and one day, I would like a diabetic athlete to hold a world record.