Let the month of diabetes awareness begin!

If ever there is a time to get out there and connect with fellow t1d’s, it’s this month. There are loads of events happening in Toronto (and across Canada of course) and I wanted to share with you some of them so you can book those days off and meet up with your friends who just ‘get it’.

The earliest event is coming up on Wednesday:

I’ve interviewed both Michelle and Sebastian and trust that this talk will leave you feeling so much better about your diabetes management.

Call Calgary home? Why not mix and mingle with Connected in Motion?

Their next event is on Nov. 4th. Click here for more details! 

Sports your thang? Check out this event. Toronto Argos dress in blue too. #twinsies

And on World Diabetes Day, Nov. 14th, the annual Type 1 Update hosted by Animas will take place once again!

I go to this event every year (I went in the spring) and I think this may be the first one I miss which makes me really sad. I’ll be sure to cover the event in whatever way I can though. This 1/2 day has always lifted my spirits and made me feel more confident. I hope you can attend this one! Don’t forget to RSVP to Robin.
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There’s so many more events but here are the highlights. Feel free to comment and share any other events that you know of this going on this month.

And one more thing! What’s an awareness month without some profile pic changes? Check out this awesome campaign #T1DLooksLikeMe and get yours here.

XO

Jess

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Stephanie Brodie- Toronto’s queen type 1 fitness instructor

Ever meet someone who motivates and inspires you and he or she doesn’t even know it?

Meet Stephanie Brodie.

She was one of them for me-a person who by the simple act of sharing her athletic life with type 1 diabetes, helped me live mine to the fullest.

Stephanie is a fitness instructor, certified RPM spin instructor, half-marathoner and Connected in Motion ambassador.

Thank you Stephanie for sharing this inspirational quote!

XO,

J

50 sec video: Connected in Motion’s Skate Night

Am I going back in time to the roaring 20’s? Yes, yes I am. Enjoy the video.

Location: Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Hot food never tasted so good! It was pretty cold out yesterday but a bunch of us type 1’s laced up and skated through the night. Lots of laughs, lots of fun-always the way with Connected in Motion!

XOXO,

J

Now what? After the big race…

I’ve been singing Disney songs ever since my race. Aladdin. Little Mermaid. You name it, I’m singing it….poorly mind you but with big hand gestures and sometimes twirling.

Okay, a lot of twirling. But hey, I’m celebrating right?

Realizations? I love the long run. I prefer half-marathon distances to 5 and 10 km races.

Another marathon? I think that’s very likely.

For living well with type 1, for life in general. Here’s your Monday Motivation:

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IMG_0094Bummed to have missed Connected in Motion‘s Slipstream this year so sent some active vibes their way during my workout yesterday.

XO

J

 

Connected in Motion rocks the Ottawa races & cheers like no other

1. Drove to Ottawa, BBQ feasted with Connected in Motion and checked into our weekend home, Carleton University.

2. Reminisced and realized that for me, this was my life 10 years ago #WhereHasTheTimeGone

View from my room, Prescott House.

View from my room, Prescott House.

3. Picked up bib.

4. Did some yoga in the park!

5. Cheered with signs and people that looked like this:

CIM was outstanding at the cheer. Everyone was enthusiastic. No one wanted to pack it up early. Cheers were loud and proud until the last runner past for every single race that took place this weekend. True spirit and heart when you hang out with CIM. It was also a real chance to also practice my deep yogic breathing while utilizing a noise-maker.

6. No selfies here. Took photos like in the olden days.

7. Sunday half-marathon: ran it. Had a PB + PR. Steady bg’s. LOTS of Gatorade, two gels, ample water and checks before, twice during and one post-race. Pushed hard and made my dream goal, finishing under 2:30. No calf pain either. It was a great day. Credit goes to the pace bunny. Without him, I wouldn’t have made it. These volunteers make all the difference.

8. Stared at map for a long time after I was done.

9. Enjoyed and am still enjoying the medal!

 

Thank you Connected in Motion for yet another amazing experience with even more amazing(er) people. Amazinger? I’m tired.

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The Ottawa half-marathon countdown is on! Plus a 38-second video for Connected in Motion

 

This time next week I’ll be getting ready to head to Ottawa! The time has really flown by.

 

 

My left calf is hit and miss so we will just see! Some days, ultra pain, others, nothing at all. I’ll leave it up to the running gods. Either way I will cross the finish line. I’ll crawl if I have to!

Click below to read previous posts on my half-marathon:

My first Ottawa half-marathon training starts tomorrow

Double decker workouts. Half-marathon training update + Toronto’s Nike Training Club

 

I know I’ve put in the time and trained hard, so I’m hoping to improve my time from my first half-marathon. Out of everything though, what I’m looking forward to most is hanging out with some great people. Even if the run doesn’t turn out well, I will remember this…

My Ottawa half-marathon is to raise funds for an organization close to my heart. A big thank you to everyone who has donated! So many people have been so generous.

There are many of you whom I have never met and know me through social media. I cannot tell you how honoured I am that you have chosen to take your hard-earned money and give it to Connected in Motion through my fundraising campaign. Donations have come from the UK, USA, and all over Canada. A more detailed post on all who donated after the race!

Aside from Shawn Shepheard, I have never met any of these people in person. I hope that will change one day.

 

I hope to provide you with timely updates from Ottawa. In fact, I am planning to tweet throughout my run! We will be tweeting with the hashtag #TeamCIM so look out for it!

Again, so much gratitude to those who have donated. Every bit helps and I know the money will go a long way to provide vital programming. I have found confidence, education, friendship and peace because I belong to Connected in Motion.

If you’re interested in donating, please click here.

 

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