Team Diabadass runner Jim Cadorette has been “pre-diabetic” for about 15 years. He keeps things in check with a healthy diet and exercise, mostly running and cycling. He’s an accomplished cyclist and runner who’s medaled at a number of Step Out 5Ks, and is the volunteer chair of the DFW Tour de Cure, one of the American Diabetes Association’s largest fundraising events.
What’s the toughest run you ever did?
My first half-marathon distance run around my Frisco / Plano neighborhood in 85 degree mid-day heat.
How do you train?
Technically I don’t. I just get up and run. My preferred time of day is before sunrise. If I’m short on time I’ll run a 3.3 mile loop; if I have time and feel good, I’ll double it.
How do you stay focused?
I listen to music or podcasts on my Bluetooth headset.
What would you tell someone just diagnosed?
Exercise and eat right. Not easy, but it’s 9/10ths of the struggle.
What do you wish someone had told you earlier about diabetes and exercise?
That drinking cold water burns more calories as your body heats it up. Who knew?
What keeps you motivated?
I’m inspired by my buddies who are in such great shape and look healthy. Having a goal or event in front of you helps, too.
What do people in your support network do that you especially value and appreciate?
We congratulate each other on our wins, personal victories, and performance. That helps a lot.