Team Novo Nordisk athlete Sebastien Sasseville checks in from the final leg of Outrun Diabetes– his 7500km solo run across Canada.
I have run 6900km since February, and I’m just about 345km away from the finish line. It’s almost time to start reflecting upon this amazing journey called Outrun Diabetes. It’s incredible how quickly the year flew by! We met amazing people, participated in over 50 events and gave more than 100 media interviews, and made a difference in the lives of countless people affected diabetes. That’s what I’m most proud of: not the run itself, but what it meant for people with diabetes. In short, I feel blessed.
Two weeks before arriving at my finish line in Vancouver, I’m feeling great. Fortunately, I’ve had no major injuries (I actually just had my first blister a few weeks ago), but everything aches. After nearly nine months of running, I’ve noticed a change in how my body recovers, so I am making the extra effort to get enough sleep and eat well.
A lot of people have asked “How did you train?” And that’s a tough one to answer. I don’t think any training can fully prepare you for running 5 marathons every week for nine months. That said, I definitely feel like all the years of hard work and training that I put in for other projects (Climbing Mt. Everest, Ironman races, and running across the Sahara) have paid off. I’ve learned so much about my body, nutrition and recovery. And that’s a real advantage.
For the second half of my run, I did a bit more of weight training after the daily runs. I wanted to control my weight and keep my upper body from getting too weak. It was also extremely interesting to see my nutritional needs change. After a while, I found I didn’t need to eat as much, as my body seems to have learned to produce energy with less fuel.
When it comes to managing my diabetes, things are not much different than when I’m not “running 5 marathons a week”. Like anyone, I have good days and I have days that aren’t as good. So I’m taking it one day at a time, working with my health care team and being flexible. My body is constantly changing—the terrain and pace are different every day– so I have to adapt and create a different strategy for each new day. There’s never a dull moment!
In terms of highlights, the Canadian landscapes and the generosity of the people I’ve met definitely take the cake. It’s been so amazing and very overwhelming to see how people from all corners have helped us. There are lots of awesome people out there in Canada!
Continue to cheer me on at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! And find out more about my journey at www.outrundiabetes.ca.
See you in Vancouver on World Diabetes Day!
Thank you! And don’t forget to help Team Novo Nordisk circle the globe for World Diabetes Day logging the kilometers you swim, bike or run here.