An avid cyclist and martial arts athlete, he started running two years ago, discovered the joy of it, and completed the Big D Half Marathon.
What’s the toughest run you ever did?
There’s not really a “toughest run.” But I do struggle with managing my glucose levels during workouts. For one thing, I tend to go low on runs so I like to start a little high, but not too high — around 200 mg/dl.
How do you train?
Most of my runs are 3-10 miles, enough to make me crave longer runs. I also cycle, swim, box, and do Crossfit.
How do you stay focused?
I listen to music and pay attention to how my body feels.
What’s the worst and best advice you ever got about diabetes or exercise?
Diabetes is complicated enough without having to listen to other people’s advice.
What would you tell someone just diagnosed?
Get on with a healthy lifestyle, think about the people that love you, and how they want to see you in a healthy state.
What do you wish someone had told you earlier about diabetes and exercise?
To not let the disease take over.
What keeps you motivated?
My parents, grandparents, and all my siblings all have diabetes. It’s a daily reminder for me to step out on my daily run.
What do people in your support network do that you especially value and appreciate?
People like Jeff Kilarski, Jim Cadorette, Don Muchow, and my other diabetic athlete friends inspire me to never give up on the battle.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
When I signed up for my first half marathon, I wondered why 25,000 people paid good money to run. It couldn’t be for the pain! I originally thought running was boring until I ran enough to love it.