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How to Prepare for a Marathon When You Have Diabetes

Two weeks ago I had the pure pleasure to interview Zoe Heineman. While Zoe is an acquaintance of mine and I’ve met her several times, I had no idea she had run two marathons and was about to run her third. While that’s impressive enough, Zoe runs with Type 1 diabetes. No easy feat.

When I asked Zoe what prompted her to run marathons she said simply, “It was on my bucket list.” Zoe completed the marathon coming in with her best time ever.

To learn more about how Zoe prepared for her marathon with diabetes, what moved her, literally and figuratively, and the amazing nationwide organization (Achilles) that has athletes who run alongside anyone running with a disability or challenge, read the story I posted on The Huffington Post. You’ll also find out about Zoe’s passionate work helping raise awareness about hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).

For me, it’s always inspiring to read about ordinary folk who accomplish remarkable things.


Riva Greenberg is a thought leader, health coach, writer and educator showcasing the emotional side of diabetes. She has won the prestigious International Diabetes Federation (IDF) Lecture Award for diabetes education and advocacy; She’s also received recognition for her blog, DiabetesStories. Riva’s latest book, Diabetes Dos & How-Tos, is available in print and Kindle, along with her other books, 50 Diabetes Myths That Can Ruin Your Life and the 50 Diabetes Truths That Can Save It and The ABCs Of Loving Yourself With Diabetes.

MFN Contributing Author