Stop Diabetes Walk

By debcox Latest Reply 2014-10-13 06:24:00 -0500
Started 2014-10-12 16:29:12 -0500

Yesterday, I participated in the "Stop Diabetes Walk" in Phoenix, AZ. I went up the night before and stayed with a girlfriend. I learned a few things about walking a distance and preparation ahead of time. I had not seen my friend for awhile so we sat up talking and drinking wine until midnight although we knew that we had to get up at 6am. Thankfully, I only drank about 6 oz since I'm a lightweight. I got up in the morning and had not planned for breakfast which was not really good. We did not have time to get something to eat on the way but luckily, they had bagels/cream cheese and coffee at the walk headquarters. I had 1/2 a bagel and was ready to go or so I thought. There were lots of pre-walk speeches so we ended up leaving about 90 minutes after I ate. We walked 3 miles and while it was not hot, it was hotter than I am used to. They handed out bottled water at 3 different places and I started with a water so I drank quite a bit. About halfway, I had to stop to take some glucose tablets as I was starting to feel a bit woozy. They helped quite a bit but about a mile later, I ate the banana in my backpack. By the time we got back, they had sandwiches for everyone which was great as I was pretty hungry. Considering how many red striders (people with diabetes) that they had walking, you would think that they would have had some juice to hand out also. All in all, I did well but now I know that I will do things a bit differently, if I do this again.

6 replies

GabbyPA 2014-10-13 06:24:00 -0500 Report

The best laid plans can be a learning time. I am glad you made it through and had the tablets and banana with you. That was good thinking. And you are right, I would think they would be a little more educated on how to handle a diabetic walk. Maybe next year you can help plan it.

kimfing 2014-10-12 23:02:26 -0500 Report

Oh man, i wished i did my research for the phoenix walk. I didn't know we had one yesterday. Maybe next year. I live here.

Glad you made it thru and congratulations on the $ raised.

Glucerna 2014-10-12 19:51:15 -0500 Report

Congratulations on finishing the walk and raising money for diabetes research. It's a good thing you planned ahead and brought a banana with you! ~Lynn @Glucerna

jayabee52 2014-10-12 17:37:03 -0500 Report

Howdy Deb
The main thing is that you successfully completed your walk without a hypo or other incident , and that you learned how not to do it next time, or at least some things to watch out for the next time.

Usually when they do those walks they want you to secure pledges to raise funds. Did you do that, and if so, how much did you raise, personally, and how much did the whole group raise?

Thanks for sharing!
God's best to you

debcox 2014-10-12 19:01:34 -0500 Report

James, I raised about $250 which was not bad. I'm not very good at raising money because I don't like to badger people so I sent out 20 emails and posted on my Facebook page. I think that our team "Celia's Earthly Legs" raised $8K. We had to get on stage and have our picture taken as we were one of the two teams that raised the most. The team leader named the team after her mom who died last year from diabetes.