I signed up for my first marathon! Walt Disney World here I come!



The above photo was taken right from my subway station bench seat. This was minutes after I signed up for my FIRST MARATHON <–I can’t believe I just wrote that.

The race will be the Walt Disney Marathon 2015.

I’m looking at this marathon as my first and possibly only. Out of all the races I’ve seen and heard about, I knew this would be “the one”.

Most Disney races sell out fast, so when I found out that registration opened, my fingers started frantically pressing the keys on the screen. Then poof. I was in!

My friends and I talked about the idea of Disney but it never went further then that. However come registration day a BBM message “You in?” got me and my friend Rebecca signing up simultaneously.

Side note, Rebecca’s sister is type 1. That automatically makes her an extra special 5.5er.

Later in the week I was heading to a hot yoga class with Rebecca. When I walked into the studio, this was the first sign I saw.


Why do you run/walk/exercise? For me it brings me a sense of calm. My brain rests. I feel free. And most of all I feel strong and I…

That hot yoga session had me in such an amazing place. I daydreamed of crossing the finish line all throughout class. Even a low during the first 5 minutes of class didn’t phase me.

Have any of you run Disney? Been a spectator? Would love to hear your experiences.

I’m so excited & happy.







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


Courtesy Outrun Diabetes

Courtesy Outrun Diabetes

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.


Courtesy Outrun Diabetes

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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Make sure to follow Patrick’s Instagram account too.

Read more.

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Sebastien Sasseville out of Nova Scotia and into New Brunswick

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

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

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



Boston Marathon: photos from my November ’13 trip #BostonStrong

Photo 1: The Boston Marathon finish line was one of the first places I wanted to go to after I landed. My last trip to Boston was my third time visiting the city and the first time since the bombings.

Photo 2: Boston Athletic Association logo at the finish line. My last visit was the first time I ran in Boston and it was magical. The running community and the city itself is truly extraordinary. No matter where I ran, cars, trucks, cyclists and pedestrians always gave me the right of way. There is a special spirit that lives in this city and it’s one of the many reasons why Boston is my favourite American city. If you want to run and feel heart, this is the place to go.

Photo 3: The window front of Marathon Sports, a running store located right at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Photo 4: My first pair of Boston runner’s that I picked up at City Sports. I’m still wearing them to train for my Ottawa Half-Marathon. These shoes are special!


Photo(s) 5: A few of my Instagram posts of my runs in Boston. At that time I was participating in the Runner’s World Run Streak.

Today I’ll be running 2.6 km in the Boston Marathon World Run. The World Run is a virtual run (utilizing an app and website) where anyone from across the globe can take part, raise funds and tackle the pavement for any distance they choose.

If you use the Nike + Running app today, be sure to put “#STRONGEREVERYRUN” in the notes section. $1 will be donated per mile to the Challenged Athletes Foundation.

Boston, I am with you always, but especially today.

JDRF is a Boston Marathon charity.

Funds raised through the B.A.A. Boston Marathon Charity Program will be directed by JDRF toward funding research to find a cure for diabetes and its complications and to develop transformative treatments that enable people with type 1 diabetes to live healthier, safer lives until that cure is found.

| Boston Athletic Association Website |

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Just hold on we’re going home: Sebastien Sasseville nears Quebec

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.

Courtesy Outrun Diabetes

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!

Courtesy Outrun Diabetes

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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Make sure to follow Patrick’s Instagram account too.

Read more.

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

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

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

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



My first virtual race and it includes a tutu medal!

I’m putting on my tutu and doing my first virtual race!

Full Medal Runs hosts virtual races in support of charity and I’m lacing up for a great organization called Girls On The Run.

It’s the same charity that Monika Allen supports through her tutu business called Glam Runner. The brain cancer patient was thrust in the spotlight after being mocked for wearing a tutu during a race in Self Magazine. She was going through chemo treatment at the time and dressed up to motivate herself.

Monika’s photo was published under a section called the “BS Meter”. The popular magazine received a flurry of public backlash. Self has since apologized.

Read the original post on t1dactiveliving here


Photo from Full Medal Runs website


The virtual run has a great name: Don’t Mess With My Tutu! You can sign up for varying distances and complete it when it’s convenient. It doesn’t matter where you are in the world, you can take part!

There are official bibs, medals (of different colours! I chose pink) and different race distances.

I’ll be doing a half marathon.

I love how Monika Allen has used the incident to further help a charity close to her heart. Now, so many people around the world have donated to Girls On The Run and others have joined in to support like Full Medal Runs.

She’s turned something negative into a big positive, all the while staying respectful and classy. What a great example!

So the question now is…you in?

Let me know if you are participating and I’ll include your photos and experiences in my follow-up post.

Rocking the tutu,


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”.


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.


Hey t1dactiveliving,

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


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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Connected in Motion Ottawa half-marathon training starts TOMORROW!

Half training officially begins! But what have I been up to in the mean time? Here’s a quick 1 minute video:

After reviewing various programs, I’ve decided to go with the Nike Plus Coach program! Tres excited!

I chose this one because I like the app itself (moving from the Garmin 305) and the challenges I’ve already done with Nike + friends.

I missed the boat for the 12 week program start, but since I’ve been running consistently I’m going to suck it up and jump in with 8 weeks to go. Challenge accepted!

Ottawa Half-Marathon race day (May 25, 2014) goals:

  • finish strong & smiling
  • preventing lows to the best of my ability
  • significantly drop my time
  • have fun!

For my first half-marathon, Scotiabank Waterfront Toronto Marathon, the goal was to finish.

I ran it with my dad and we came in at 2:39:10. It was his first and last half-marathon, so I was glad we could accomplish that together.

This race I will be going at my pace and running solo.

Goal: 2:15-2:20

I’m not sure what’s going on with my other health stuff plus my wonky honeymooning but I’m pushing through.

I’m running this half in support of Connected in Motion. If you’d like to donate and read more about why I’m supporting CIM, please click here.

Thank you to those who have already reached into their pockets. This one means a lot.

Getting pumped!


Related reads:

My first half-marathon race report

Connected in Motion: my first meet-up, rock climbing 





Tutu mocking in Self Magazine? A Canadian type 1 diabetic athlete chimes in

I was a "running fairy" for my friend's very first 10km race.

I was a “running fairy” for my friend’s very first 10km race.

Self Magazine is getting a lot of heat for calling tutu-wearing during races lame.

Monika Allen was in the photo accompanying the statement. She was diagnosed with brain cancer and was in the midst of chemotherapy. Allen told the media she dressed as Wonder Woman with a blue tutu to give herself motivation.

Read the USA Today story here.

To make matters worse, she runs a company that makes tutus, which donates money to charity.

Allen had no idea her photo would be used the way that it was when the company asked for photo permission. The “tutus are lame” claim was listed under a section called the BS Meter.

In the running world and beyond, the story has gone viral. Self Magazine has apologized, but the damage has been done.

When I found out about this story, I immediately e-mailed my friend, fellow runner and type 1 athlete Anne Marie Hospod. She told me she addressed the news on Instagram.

Here was her post:

With permission via/ Anne Marie Hospod.

With permission via/ Anne Marie Hospod.


The whole hoopla surrounding the topic makes me think about mocking within the athletic world.

There’s those that make fun of cross-fit, people who don’t lift weights or runners who wear headphones. Are they REAL athletes?

You don’t have to wear moisture-wicking this or GPS that. Benching 3 times your body weight is irrelevant as is what you decide to wear race day.

If putting on cat ears and rainbow bright knee socks makes you happy when you get moving, do it.

Becoming active can be such an intimidating venture. Let’s put all the BS aside, move, and support each other.

My very first half-marathon. I wore a tutu to lift my spirits. It was my first big run after being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and finding out about other health issues.

My very first half-marathon. I wore a tutu to lift my spirits. It was my first big run after being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and finding out about other health issues.

Running in whatever makes me happy.






Running on empty. Meter reliability in the cold.

My doctor: “Ditch the meter when you run.”


My Contour USB meter has shown below 2 mmol/L (36 mg/dl) over a half dozen times mid-run these past few months. Once it said below 1 mmol/L (18 mg/dl), blog on that here.

I’m fully aware that meters are not 100 per cent accurate. 

The question: Am I really that low or is my meter being extra wonky in the cold?

  • I’ve tried pretty much everything to warm up my meter while running. Still reading bad lows.
  • Seems like no matter how many carbs I eat, I still can go really low when running. I don’t take any insulin with my meals before running (I’m on humalog-short acting insulin ONLY with meals, hello honeymoon!).
  • Often don’t feel my lows during runs (hard to tell with being numb/sweaty already). This equals danger.

Nurse says those dangerously low numbers could POSSIBLY be right and not the meter being off in the cold.

Times I’ve seen numbers below the 2’s (around 36 mg/dl) I usually pop 4-8 Dex 4 tabs. After 15 minutes my blood sugar is typically 4-5 mmol/L (72-90 mg/dl).

Tests afterwards/done running altogether don’t run high (over 10 mmol/L or 180 mg/dl).

My nurse said that means I just MIGHT be burning all those carbs and really that low. She said she’s seen people who have high functionality with such low numbers. At the end of the day, we don’t really know.

Narrowing down the problem

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My doctor and I tried testing my bg’s when I wasn’t running, at a time I knew my numbers would be stable. Test indoors, then put the meter outside, wait, and test again. It produced error messages.

New plan: Create a loop so every half hour I’m passing my house. Run inside. Test. Continue on.

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I’ve learned through this process that just ditching the blood prick accessories really messes with my head.

The plan was to run a slow, steady pace which I usually do, but I just couldn’t. Not feeling the weight of my diabetes stuff made me nervous. I ran faster, which meant higher bg’s. Pain crept up on my left side, which it usually does, and I ignored the pain and just kept trying to push. My foot was exploding with agony. I ended up limping and then walking parts of it. I was scared and just wanted to get home! I had glucose tabs on me but I hated that feeling of not having my stuff on me. I’ll have to get an extra meter to carry around with me when running even if I won’t use it.

Just changing the route and testing inside? Not as easy as it seems.

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Test 1: Run one loop. 

Pre-run 5.7 mmol/L (102 mg/dl). Lower than I’d like pre-run. I usually take carbs if I’m at this level but now I can’t remember if I did this instance. Pretty sure I did.

Post-run 7.2 mmol/L (129 mg/dl)

Test 2: Run two loops instead of one.

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Pre-run 10.2 mmol/L (183 mg/dl)

First loop: 5.4 mmol/L (97 mg/dl)

Second loop/run end: 6.4 mmol/L (115 mg/dl)

So does that prove the meter is wrong? Don’t know if there’s a concrete answer to that.


There’s lots to learn, adjustments to be made and miles to run. Running is one of my huge passions and I refuse to give it up. It’s still early in the game.

So I come to you, more experienced #t1d athletes, what has been your experiences with winter running? I’d love to know your story and any tips. 

Every day I’m learning more about being active with type 1 diabetes. This journey has taught me to become more dedicated to my athletic goals and at the same time, to let go. No matter what I do, sometimes my bg’s are just not going to co-operate.  I’ve got to be okay with that. I’m pushing harder to reach certain achievements, but also learning to enjoy the process.

I have the ability to lace up my runners and go out on the road whenever I want. There are people who don’t have that luxury. That’s a perspective I’ve gained more and more after being diagnosed.

Yes working out can be difficult, but I can so I will.

See you out on the road,


Tips on winter running: 

  • Put your meter inside your glove. Keeps it much warmer.
  • Use the empty case of Listerine Pocketpaks to carry your test strips
  • ALWAYS carry some kind of fast-acting carbs with you
  • Wear some kind of medical identification
  • If you are running solo, leave your estimated time of arrival and route for a loved one. Also write down what you are wearing in case of emergency (saw this on Instagram, what a great idea!)
  • Let the people you train with know you have type 1 diabetes and the signs and symptoms of low/high bg’s

Scully gave me the first two great tips in a previous post. Thank you Scully! Check out her blog here.

Recap #WeRun2014 challenge: 100 miles in January

How are you tackling 2014?

At the end of last year I took part in the Runner’s World Run Streak (#RWRunStreak), running 1 mile every day from American Thanksgiving to New Years Day. I did whatever it took to get it done. A few times I had to resort to jogging on the spot in a hotel room to make sure I got my mileage in, but I made it!

One mile doesn’t seem like a long distance, but I found carving out the time to do it challenging. Once I started to get into it, I was on a mission to best my time as well.

1 mile goal: under 9 minutes

Fastest 1 mile: 8:32

When all was said and done, I was proud to say I successfully completed it.

A few days before 2014 I saw that Nike + was hosting a challenge called #WeRun2014. 100 miles in the month of January.

100 miles in 31 days= 3.2 miles per day (5km)

There wasn’t the demand of pounding the pavement every day like #RWRunStreak but this was a big leap in distance. Miss a few days and you can really pay the price. What if I got sick? Injured?

I crossed my fingers and tried to spread out my mileage evenly. The most I took was one day off, making it up with a 6.4 mile (10km) run the following day.

My legs started to grow tired about 2.5 weeks in. I ached, I foam rolled until near tears, but I made sure to slow down my pace to make sure I hit my mark. Whenever I could I ran outside, but this crazy winter made that dangerous at times. Getting my #WeRun2014 on via treadmill was a real mental test. At first it was excruciating, so boring and I felt like a hamster.

Now I’m used to and actually don’t mind the dreadmill treadmill. It also makes me appreciate the outdoors that much more. Another bonus is that I’ve mastered using my meter on the treadmill. No flying test strips anymore!

I crossed the virtual finish line in 12th place and with a few days to spare. This challenge has definitely taught me that if you set your mind to something, you can achieve great things, things you never thought possible. A few years ago I wouldn’t have attempted this.


#WeRun2014 challenge highlights

  • A dedication run for Meg Cross Menzies, a Boston marathoner who was killed during her morning run by a drunk driver #MegsMiles
  • 5km “Poker Run” fundraiser for Ride to Conquer Cancer
  • My longest treadmill run at 7.19 miles (11.5km)
  • My fastest 5km recorded on Nike + 30:26
  • My fastest 1km recorded on Nike + 5:12

I’m definitely going to sign up for more challenges. What fitness goals do you have for 2014? And how do you plan on reaching them?

As my cousin would say….Long May We Run