I Can Run

It is that time of the year again – the Sixth Annual Diabetes Blog Week!  Today’s topic is:


In the UK, there was a diabetes blog theme of “I can…”  that participants found wonderfully empowering.  So lets kick things off this year by looking at the positive side of our lives with diabetes.  What have you or your loved one accomplished, despite having diabetes, that you weren’t sure you could?  Or what have you done that you’ve been particularly proud of?  Or what good thing has diabetes brought into your life?  (Thank you to the anonymous person who submitted this topic suggestion.)


I didn’t have to think very hard about that one.  Even when I was diagnosed back in 1984, exercising was important. Other than walking, I didn’t do much exercise – I was glued to my desk at work.


I can’t remember “why” I decided to start running, but I did.  For me, that was funny because when I was in high school, my brother bet me that he could run backwards faster than I could run front ways.  I did beat him, but not by much.  For me to think that I could run any distance was kind of hilarious.

When I started out, I could barely make it to my corner – and believe me, that was not very far!  I knew I needed to exercise and I was determined that I was going to run.  Every day, I would go out after work and make an attempt at running.  I picked out a crack in the sidewalk or a little bush or something to mark where I stopped.  The next day, even if it was only one step further, I would go further.  Some days, I could only take that one step and other days, I could make it a little further.


I can’t remember how long it took me, but eventually, I made it one mile.  At the time, I thought that was a big deal but I decided I should shoot for two miles.  I kept pushing and then I moved next to a bike path and could really expand my horizons.


I made it up to running 10 miles a day – something I never thought possible.   I lived outside of DC and the summers were hot and humid, but I would run.  I even did it on the old NPH & Regular insulins.  If it wasn’t for diabetes, I never would have started to run and I never would have had the “you need to do this” determination to actually keep at it.


Sixth Annual Diabetes Blog WeekYou can read more “I Can” posts here.  Thank you to Karen for doing this every year!


  1. I like that you went a little farther each day.

  2. This is so awesome about the “one more step” each time. Love that. I’ve been putting off my own need to get back out walking and riding my bike, and it does feel so depressing when I randomly get out there and can’t even make it a short distance. Actually, I’m embarrassed to say walking up a lengthy parking garage stairway makes me pretty winded… I’m going to start weaving what you did into my own world, with walking the dog around the block and getting back out on my bike. Thanks for this post!!!!

    • Thanks Mike! Nothing to be embarrassed about – there are a lot of us that do the same thing. We get so busy that we don’t have time to exercise then when we see what we “can’t do anymore, keep putting it off. I am sure your dog will love the walks, even if they are just around the block.

  3. I find this so inspiring!!! I struggle with running – part of me likes it but part of me finds it too hard. But reading your post makes me want to get out there and try again. So thank you, because I’m going to do just that.

    • Thanks Karen! You don’t need to start off running a mile or a couple miles – do like I did and just work your way around the block in small steps. You can do it!

  4. I think that people forgot that starting small is still starting. We have to crawl before we can walk. We have to walk before we can run. Once we run, anything is possible. I think your post will inspire others to start crawling.

  5. Another inspirational story from “stubborn Kelly” and for sure your can-do attitude has taken you far in life. As always, happy to see you blogging again:-)

    • Thanks Laddie! I guess in this case, stubborn is a good thing! Hopefully I can keep up the blogging now the life is starting to return to normal again!

  6. Kelly, I have knee problems, and cannot run, but I can walk at a rather fast pace for about 2.5 miles. I have not seen your blogs for a long time,. Glad to see one today.

    • Thanks Richard! I am glad you can still get out there and walk. My running days are probably over with because of neuropathy, but I will keep pushing the walking. My doctor that was handling my wound laughed because I asked several times about being able to get out and walk.

  7. I know why you were running – to try to find Mr. Right! *wink*

  8. I love this post!

  9. Wow, I’m so impressed! I hate running but I so admire people who do. Consider yourself admired!

  10. Very inspiring and impressive!

  11. I have always admired runners… I hate to run. A lot of people find that surprising because I play so many sports, but the only running I ever do is after someone or away from someone. Maybe I lack the attention span needed to be a runner!

    Anyway, it’s something to be proud of for sure!

  12. Yay, another runner! Amazing that you got to 10 miles a day!

  13. Wow.
    I first started running shortly before my diabetes diagnosis and was frustrated by my lack of progress. It was easier on insulin but I’ve always gotten frustrated by the lack of continued progress. I was trying to get going again when I developed tendinitis last summer that still hasn’t healed.
    I feel like i haven’t heard a lot of runner stories from people who think a mile of running was ever a lot, but since that’s about the maximum I’ve ever managed (though I’ve WALKED more than thirty miles at a stretch) I find it interesting/inspirational that you managed to make it to ten.
    I’m still hoping (after eleven months) that my feet will heal enough for me to run again but I’m guessing it will be a long time, even so, to get to a mile.

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