Thomas McKenzie
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From 260 to 26.2

On April 1st, 2015 I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. My fasting blood sugar on that day was 260. For reference, normal blood sugar is below 100. Pre-diabetic numbers are between 100 and 150. So 260 is high.

Over the next months, I worked hard to lose weight. I dropped from over 210 to about 170. I wrote a post about how I did that here. Between the weight loss and some medicine, my fasting blood sugar is typically around 115. 

An important part of controlling my diabetes has been exercise. I started by simply walking, which turned into running. In August, I decided that I would train for a marathon. I trained for a half marathon first, which I ran in November. Since then, I've been preparing for the Music City Marathon, which happens this Saturday (April 30).

Training for a marathon basically means running five or six days a week. One run a week is much longer than the others. Most days I run five miles; but, on Fridays (my day off), I run somewhere between 13 and 20 miles, depending on what my schedule says. Needless to say, this takes a lot of time. My family has been super supportive. I'm so grateful for all the encouragement Laura and the girls have given me. 

On Saturday, my mom was in town. We drove the route of the marathon. It was sobering. 26.2 miles is really far; and whoever laid out this course loves hills. 

My prayer is that the weather is good (please don't rain, please don't rain). I don't know if this is my first and last marathon, or if I'm starting something. I suspect this is my only one. In any case, I have enjoyed running, and I intend to keep it up. I've been glad to have a goal to aspire to. I can't say that I've become a running nut, but I'm grateful that God has given me the space and grace to do this work. I can't say I'm looking forward to this run, but I believe I will complete it. 

Thanks for your prayers. 

Thomas McKenzie