Team Diabadass runner Jeff Kilarski has had Type 1 diabetes since 1988. He is on multiple daily injections currently because of a medical study but usually uses a pump. He tests frequently during runs to get an idea of trends and adjusts accordingly. He started running in 2013 as a way of cross-training to become a better cyclist.
What’s the toughest run you ever did?
A 26.2 mile training run in 102 degree heat in late July in Texas.
How do you train?
I train by running quick 5Ks several times during the week and a longer run on the weekends.
How do you stay focused?
I prefer to have company on longer runs; it helps pass the time.
What’s the worst and best advice you ever got about diabetes or exercise?
The best advice was to focus on protein after runs to assist muscle recovery. The worst advice was from an idiot who suggested that his “special water” would cure diabetes.
What would you tell someone just diagnosed?
That diabetes will definitely make you grow up and mature much faster in regards to your health and what you put in your body.
What do you wish someone had told you earlier about diabetes and exercise?
I wish someone had told me how to balance the two. I wish I had known earlier in my diagnosis where my glucose levels needed to be when starting an endurance run or cycling event and then how to maintain that level in order not to go low.
What keeps you motivated?
People in our “inner circle.” Folks like Don Muchow who will continue to push himself for longer runs and rides, and if he has a ad day he is ready to attempt it again and again until he conquers.
What do people in your support network do that you especially value and appreciate?
The friendship and knowing we all deal with the same issues, the highs, the lows, and the struggles; and the fact that it will not hold us back from doing what we want.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Yes! I can’t wait to run the Capital to Coast Relay.