History in the Making

If you're not a diabetic endurance athlete, this likely won't matter to you, but history was made yesterday!

My teammate Tommy Neal finished the Houston Marathon in 2:30:36, good for 16th place among men out of a projected 13,000ish starters. To the best of my knowledge, this is the fastest marathon ever run by a Type 1 diabetic. Missy Foy commented to me on Twitter that she believes it broke Bill Carlson's diabetic record of 2:38.

Perhaps most impressive? Tommy was disappointed in his time, which happened in a rain-soaked race. As the owner of a 65:00 half marathon, he's got 2:15 speed, so it's just a matter of putting together the right race on the race day.

And as far as mastering diabetes? Consider this: Tommy tweeted that his BG was 153 at the start and 83 at the end. I'd say he's well on his way.


  1. Congrats to Tommy! You're right: the significance of that time is a little lost on me, as I am not a runner. But I'll take your word for it, and be happy for the awesome job!

  2. Wowsers! That's awesome! Congratulations, Tommy!

    Thanks for sharing, Marcus!


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