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Running the New York marathon with diabetes

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7086.1053a (Published 05 April 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1053
  1. Bjorn Kjeldby, general practitioner
  1. Skien, Norway

    I have always enjoyed running and keeping in good shape with regular races and had completed several half marathons when I started to work out regularly with other runners who shared my wish to take part in the 1995 New York marathon.

    We trained seriously in the preceding year. Sometimes I was accompanied by Tor, my 10 year old son, on his bicycle carrying the necessary water supplies. The distances varied between 10 and 25 km. I made two runs of 30 km. Sometimes I chose swimming instead of running to avoid damage to my leg muscles, and I reduced my body weight by 8 kg.

    The run was to take place on 12 November at 11 am local time. We left Norway on 8 November. The time difference between Norway and New York is six hours. I woke at 4 30 am. The early start was in my favour. Usually in early November the temperature in New York is moderate, …

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