Your daily dose of inspiration via/ Sebastien Sasseville

The title of this video is, “Why I’m glad I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes”.

“Turn the obstacle into the vehicle…the power is in the driver’s end.”

If you’re looking for a dose of inspiration, here it is.

XO,
J

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Sebastien Sasseville making way to Toronto, leaves hometown Quebec with amazing memories

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Sebastien Sasseville is making his way to Toronto!

7, 500km. 180 back to back marathons in 9 months. He’s been running since February where he started his journey in St. John’s, Newfoundland. This once-in-a-lifetime event is called Outrun Diabetes.

Sebastien is now in Ontario after a whirlwind experience in his home province, Quebec.

Current location: between Bainsville and Kingston.

 

If you’re looking for more Outrun Diabetes content, check out the new web series sponsored by Biotherm Homme here.

All photos courtesy of Outrun Diabetes.

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Fun. Grounding. Too short.

Those are the words Sebastien Sasseville uses to describe what it’s like to be back home in Quebec.

He’s reuniting with friends, family and home-cookin’.

I asked him what it’s like to finally have meals made by mom.

“Filling. Like combo bolus filling.”

Sebastien began his run across the country in February, starting the journey in St. John’s Newfoundland. Two weeks ago he crossed the border into Quebec and this Sunday, he’s scheduled to be in Montreal.

MTL should mark 2,500km completed, that’s 1/3 of his trek. Roughly 200 people are expected to join the Outrun Diabetes frontman for a 5km run to celebrate the occasion. More info on the run below. 

Here are some Instagram photos of Sebastien’s time in Quebec. All photos courtesy of Outrun Diabetes.

And now…a random fact about Sebastien.

The latest from the video world…

Type 1 speaker and author Shawn Shepheard continues to do video updates with Sebastien. Here we find out why disco balls are given to each Fan of the Week.

 

 

Cute alert. 8-year-old type 1 diabetes superstar Anwar interviews Sebastien in French.

 

If you’re interested in joining Sebastien in Montreal, here are the details:

Distance: 5 km run

Location: Centennial Esplanade along the historic Lachine Canal

Time: Sunday May 11, 9:30 a.m.

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Sebastien Sasseville runs home to Quebec celebrations, passes 2,000km mark

 

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Celebrate 2,000 km of running and nearly 3 months of one extreme adventure. How? With a whip cream pie to the face.

Sebastien Sasseville (above photo, centre) is the face of Outrun Diabetes, a solo 7,500km run across Canada to raise awareness about diabetes and to inspire others to live life to the fullest

Outrun Diabetes logistics man Patrick St-Martin (above, left) got fancy, dressed up with a bow-tie along a lonely stretch of highway, to surprise Sebastien on his milestone.

Here’s a video of how it all went down.

Note: This video is in French and even if you don’t understand, it’s important to watch to the end.

Last week Sebastien Sasseville entered his home province, Quebec. You better believe he’s been partying as friends, family and fans welcome him back.

So what do you do when you’re on home turf?

For starters, cheer for the Habs while tackling the kilometres.

 

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Courtesy Outrun Diabetes

And eat carbs. Really. Good. Carbs.

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Courtesy Outrun Diabetes

Have lunch with mom at home

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Courtesy Outrun Diabetes

 

And name the RV. Drum roll please…..the name of the Outrun Diabetes RV is….Charlotte!

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Courtesy Outrun Diabetes

Shawn Shepheard got all the latest updates with Sebastien. Here’s the last video.

 

What you need to know in 5 (video recap)

  1. Sebastien is still smiling but the extreme running is taking its toll. “My legs aren’t getting any fresher.”
  2. Making it this far? Sebastien is surprised. “I didn’t know how things would go. I feel a lot of support. The legs are…still running. All the events and stuff we’re doing it definitely is giving us a lot of energy to continue doing what we’re doing. All is well.”
  3. During his run through Quebec, expect more French content from Outrun Diabetes.
  4. Help spread the word by liking & sharing Outrun Diabetes content on social media. Sebastien also likes food and massages. Get in touch if you can help. (See contact information below)
  5. Every Friday, Outrun Diabetes announces a Fan of the Week. You get a bright shiny disco ball mailed to your house for doing something kind to support the cause.

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Sebastien Sasseville is no Drake.

And even if he were a rapper, Sebastien would have to give up the heavy chains to do what he’s doing. Who wants to do that?!

The 6 time Ironman is, after all, running across Canada to raise diabetes awareness.

It’s a 7500 km, 180 back to back marathon run called Outrun Diabetes.

“It’s hard to do these things alone.” (Totally missed this great line the first time I posted. Thanks Kim!)

Start: February 2014 in St. John’s Newfoundland. Goal? Make it to Vancouver by November 14th for World Diabetes Day.

Talk about epic eh? <–How’s that for Canadian.

Here’s the latest: The type 1 diabetic athlete is just 6 km outside of Grand Falls, New Brunswick. Soon he’ll be crossing the border once more, this time into his home province of Quebec.

Sebastien wished for company during his run, but he didn't say who! |Courtesy Outrun Diabetes |

Sebastien wished for company during his run in New Brunswick, but he didn’t say who! |Courtesy Outrun Diabetes |

Grand Falls, New Brunswick. | Courtesy of SebInspires Instagram |

Grand Falls, New Brunswick. | Courtesy of SebInspires Instagram |

“Feels awesome! Can’t wait to see friends and family,” Sebastien told me via text message last night.

No doubt he’ll get a hero’s welcome. Not only that, in about two weeks he’s moving into this sweet RV.

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Courtesy Outrun Diabetes Instagram

“It will help a lot especially for nutrition,” said Sebastien.

Imagine moving from hotel to hotel, along a lonely highway for months on end. His new home should be a big help in being able to better plan meals and have more stock on hand.

Here’s Sebastien’s latest update with Shawn Shepheard of the Diabetes Champion Network. We get to see Outrun Diabetes logistics man Patrick St-Martin on the video too (there he is in the thumbnail below, right).

OneTouch will also be providing updates on Sebastien’s journey. Check out this first video.

Now, let’s look at what we hardly see Sebastien doing, sitting!

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Sebastien Sasseville and Outrun Diabetes logistics manager Patrick St-Martin in New Brunswick taking a much-deserved rest. | Courtesy Outrun Diabetes |

If you live in Quebec, get ready to party! Sebastien is almost home.

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Sebastien Sasseville #MCM t-shirts hit the market, Outrun Diabetes fans go crazy

#MCM? That’s the popular hashtag which stands for Man Crush Monday.

For those who don’t know, a trend every Monday on social media, especially Instagram, is to post a picture of a favourite guy celebrity, random stranger or boyfriend/husband.

Hashtag it #MCM and that means he’s your “Man crush Monday”.

#SWOON

This hashtag is all the rage and now, Canada’s own Sebastien Sasseville is “trending” as a #MCM.

*trending defined as myself and two of Sebastien’s friends, but just pretend it’s a lot of people k? 

He is, after all, RUNNING ACROSS Canada. The extreme athlete who lives with type 1 diabetes is calling his trek Outrun Diabetes. Goal: to inspire others and spread awareness about the disease. That’s hot right?

Since I’m following Sebastien’s progress and trying to give you guys timely updates (that’s my mission, to support t1d athletes in Canada!), people have been flooding my inbox with the most ridiculous questions.

Hi Jess,

OMG I can’t believe you got to talk to Sebastien! He’s so dreamy, even though he must smell so terrible at the end of his runs. I bet you get VIP access to everything Seb right? Are you going to interview him in person one day!? Can I come?! I won’t bother you and will stay out of the way.

Seb4Lyfe

Hey t1dactiveliving,

Can you get me Seb’s used shoes from his run? I’ll pay you. I’m serious.

OutrunDiabetesFootsies

Do I really need to go on here? And those were the two most tame comments I got.

Sebastien and I have a few friends in common and so together, we decided to take advantage of the craze and actually make some money. After all, we’re all type 1 diabetics and well we need to buy test strips.

Introducing the official Sebastien Sasseville #MCM shirt (click to enlarge and browse):

Watch the fashion show below

 

Sending lots of support and hopefully a few laughs to you Sebastien,

Shawn Shepheard, Anne Marie Hospod & Jessica

Disclaimer: This post is all in good fun. Please don’t take it seriously… unless you are offering me a lot of money for the shirt. If so, let’s talk. 

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Sebastien Sasseville hits 1,000 km mark on run across Canada

It was a BIG weekend for Canada’s cross country runner (<- literally, across the country!).

Sebastien Sasseville is Outrun Diabetes. 180 back to back marathons. St. John’s to Vancouver. All in 9 months.

Diabetes should never hold you back, and he’s proving it.

On Friday he hit a major milestone.

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According to the Outrun Diabetes Instagram map tag, the 1,000km mark was hit in the rural community of Whycocomagh, Nova Scotia.

How far is 1,000km? Let’s put it into perspective

  • CN Tower, Toronto to Times Square, New York is around 760-800 km via I-81/I-90
  • Downtown Vancouver to Calgary, Alberta is around 970 km via Trans Canada Highway
  • Prince Albert, Saskatchewan to Winnipeg, Manitoba is around 890 km via Trans Canada Highway

All estimates are through Google Maps

Another fun way to look at it from my eyes. Running 1,000km is one of my 10-MONTH Nike Challenge goals.

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During the end of last week, Sebastien also wiped off 115 km in 3 days.

Lesson in partying: When there's hardly anyone there to celebrate, you just wear more decorations. Logistics man Patrick St-Martin & Sebastien.  (Photo courtesy of Outrun Diabetes)

Lesson in partying: When there’s hardly anyone there to celebrate, you just wear more decorations. Logistics man Patrick St-Martin & Sebastien.
(Photo courtesy of Outrun Diabetes)

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Let’s continue to cheer on Sebastien and every other athlete who is getting out there, giving it their all.

Jessica

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Outrun Diabetes update: Crazy photos of Sebastien Sasseville’s run across Canada

I now present to you the most ridiculous run-freeze-face I have ever seen. Can you beat it?

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Didn’t think so.

In case you don’t know, this is Sebastien Sasseville. Type 1 diabetic athlete. Currently running across the country to inspire Canadians no matter what challenges they face. This back to back 180 marathon run from coast to coast is called Outrun Diabetes.

I’m sorry Sebastien. I don’t know why, but when I look at your picture above, I just feel like I need to say, “I’m sorry”.

Doesn’t he look so incredibly annoyed at whoever is taking his photo?

If a large steak, glass of wine, and supermodels came along at the time of that photo, Sebastien’s face would have probably looked the same. It was COMPLETELY frozen.

“I was speaking like I had plastic surgery,” he told me via e-mail.

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All photos courtesy of Outrun Diabetes.

Click here for my interview with Sebastien right before the start of his cross-country journey.

Mother Nature has been incredibly cruel. In Newfoundland where he started, the weather hasn’t been that bad in over a decade.

The wind slowed him down. Terrible conditions have made what is already an unbelievable feat, that much more difficult.

This 40-second video is worth watching. It will also make you feel terribly guilty for complaining about the cold.

Check out Sebastien’s latest update:

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Congrats!

Visit Shawn Shepheard’s Diabetes Champion Network, providing regular updates on the run. Here’s the latest video interview:

Cheer on Sebastien, Canada! And make sure to connect:

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To all you winter runners out there, think of Sebastien’s frozen face as a response to your excuses.

Suck it up and get outside.

Now, in a complete act of cruelty, I will show Sebastien my running attire from Monday.

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Safe travels!

J

Sebastien Sasseville confesses before his run across Canada: I suck.

Photo by Genevieve Sasseville

Photo by Genevieve Sasseville

Sebastien Sasseville sucks.

Those aren’t my words by the way, they are 100 per cent his.

He’s talking about his natural athletic ability. Now I know what you’re thinking. Ultra-marathoner. First type 1 diabetic to reach the top of Mount Everest. Needs more than one hand to count the number of Ironman’s he’s done. Really?

But out of his own mouth, Sebastien admits that growing up, he was the furthest thing from a high school jock.

“I suck at sports. You know that kid who is always picked last in school?”

Yup. That was him. After being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 22, he decided he wanted to live a healthier lifestyle. So off he went, laces tied, ready to go.

“I didn’t get out of the parking lot. I ran 250 metres.”

I found hearing this comforting. Sometimes we see well-accomplished athletes as untouchable and their titles so out of reach. The tale of how he began is one that needs to be told and re-told. He started just like we all do. One foot in front of the other.

“People need to know, that stuff is done by people no different than them. Find the drive, make it big. Learn, take notes and never give up,” he says.

Photo by Genevieve Sasseville

Photo by Genevieve Sasseville

It’s that kind of attitude that will be accompanying Sebastien on his next conquest.

On February 2nd he will start Outrun Diabetes, a cross-country run from St. John’s to Vancouver. That’s 180 marathons in 9 months. The journey will end on November 14 on World Diabetes Day.

“The goal is to inspire, empower and educate. The message is very simple. Diabetes should never be a limitation. It’s a message of hope and I want people to realize there’s nothing they can’t do,” he says.

Sebastien may be the one pounding the pavement, but he insists the adventure is not his, but ours. Every single one of us.

“I want everybody in Canada to know that they own this project. It is their run. It’s not just Sebastien running, they can be a part of it. They can participate and be an agent of change in their communities. I’d love for this to become a huge collective project and see people be empowered by it.”

Photo by Genevieve Sasseville

Photo by Genevieve Sasseville

In a way this has everything and nothing to do with diabetes. It’s about perseverance, resilience and hope. And Sebastien will need all of that.
“It’s extremely exciting, I’m very nervous. There’s a lot of things we cannot control from a medical perspective, physical perspective. Running 5 marathons a week for 9 months. Probably not a good idea.”
No, not a good idea, but a great one. We’ll all be watching, cheering and hopefully participating with you, one foot in front of the other.
Best of luck,
J
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Fun facts about Sebastien and Outrun Diabetes
  • Sebastien’s favourite way to treat a low is with maple syrup
  • Outrun Diabetes will take Sebastien through Halifax, Moncton, Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa, Windsor, Toronto, Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Edmonton and Calgary with events in each location plus other local communities
  • Sebastien will be using the new Animas Vibe pump
  • Sebastien estimates he’ll go through 15 pairs of running shoes during Outrun Diabetes
  • It took a year of planning to make Outrun Diabetes become a reality
  • A self-confessed foodie, Sebastien hopes his first meal post-event will be steak and a glass of wine

Other publications on Sebastien and Outrun Diabetes:

National Post: Six-Time Ironman and Type 1 Diabetes Athlete Sebastien Sasseville to Take on Solo 7500 km Run Across Canada