Team Diabadass runner Joshua Fabian has been Type 1 since 1995. Josh recently completed an epic 260-mile run from Austin, Texas to Camp Sweeney in Gainesville, TX.He’s been running since 2002 and manages his diabetes with multiple daily injections, diet, and exercise.
What’s the toughest run you ever did?
The toughest run was a 260 mile run that took place from Austin, Texas to Gainesville, Texas.
How do you manage your sugars during a run?
I make sure to have my blood sugar around 230 mg/dl before a short run. If it is a long run I’ll carry a small pack on me filled with Gatorade.
How do you train?
I run 5 mile runs everyday. I usually do three 10 mile runs on the weekend.
How do you stay focused?
Lots and lots of electronic music.
What’s the worst and best advice you ever got about diabetes or exercise?
“You won’t be like normal people.” That was good advice. The worst advice I have gotten is that I won’t make it to age 60. I’ll be proving that person wrong as well.
What would you tell someone just diagnosed?
You are different but in a good way. Never give up on your dreams.
What do you wish someone had told you earlier about diabetes and exercise?
That I could have started earlier in my life with running.
What keeps you motivated?
The ability to fulfill all the dreams I have for my life. In my mind skies are not the limit. The limit is only set in your mind.
What do people in your support network do that you especially value and appreciate?
They don’t give up on me!