A week ago this past Saturday, C & I both ran our first race together. He ran a 1 mile race and I ran a 5K. I know, I know, millions of people run this (and much much further distances) daily, and with great ease. However, for those who know me, this was a big feat for us…on many levels. I’ll get more into that in a minute.
Just a week and a half before said race, C’s soccer coach sent out a message to parents encouraging anyone interested to sign up. It had been a New Year’s resolution of mine to run a 5K this year. However, to be completely honest, at the time of the message I was doing absolutely nothing to work toward that goal. But my husband encouraged me, and said maybe this is the perfect opportunity to run your first one- C can do the 1 mile race and you can do the 5K. After much debate, I decided to go for it.
The night before, I questioned what in the world I had done. I am not a runner in any sense of the word. Heck, I had to run out and buy running shoes the week of the race, because I didn’t even own proper running shoes. On top of my own personal stress about running, I was concerned about C. What if he went low during the race? What should we feed him before to help stabilize blood sugar?
Even a year ago, had something like this come up, our immediate answer would have been “no”. It’s not worth the stress and worry of trying to navigate diabetes during a race that is just for fun. We’ll just sit this out and stay in our comfort zone, thank you very much.
Why do I tell you all this? Because by us completing our races together, something big clicked inside of me. There was a day so many things scared me about him growing up and wondering how we would navigate diabetes (school, sports, sleepovers, etc.), but all have proven to go far better than I could have ever imagined. And while diabetes does certainly add an extra layer of planning and stress to a lot of these activities, do know they are possible and that your type 1 kiddo can do absolutely anything and everything that non type 1 kiddos can do. Don’t let diabetes be a reason you say “no” to something. I say this, because I’ve been guilty of this before.
So I guess the moral of the story is this…those big scary things that intimidate you and you think you/your child could never do. Do them.