My aim for running the London Marathon for the JDRF is not only to raise cash for such a good cause, but also to show that people with type 1 diabetes can perform just as well as healthy people in athletic or sporting events. I signed up to the Marathon two weeks after my diagnosis when I had no idea how difficult it would be to run with type one. I’ve of course since found that with meticulous preparation, it’s possible to run long distances really fast – for instance with the ultra marathon I ran in December.

But whereas my aim for the ultra was to just finish it, my aim for the London Marathon is to finish it fast.

I’ve surprised myself with how fit I got training for the ultra, so my aim is to run the Marathon in an “elite” time – sub 2:45. I’m not sure whether I’ll be fit enough to do it (although I did run 13 miles in the pouring rain before dawn today to help build up my aerobic capacity). But a time like that would be an amazing achievement for anyone, including a runner with type 1.

For the past few weeks I’ve also had this nagging thought in my head. Should I run it in a Onesie? I could be a “type onesie” runner.

It would be pretty awesome wouldn’t it? I would surely be the fastest person home in “fancy dress” if I could manage it…

There are drawbacks though. I’ve never worn a onesie before. I still want to run it in sub 2:45. I’m not sure if I can do that in normal running clothes let alone in a onesie. Maybe I’ll get someone to make me a onesie made of thin merino wool or something. Something in me wants to make this a really hard challenge.

What do you think? Should I be a Type Onesie marathon runner?

If I get enough positive comments from you all, I’ll do it. But part of me is hoping to get an underwhelming response so that I can just get on with running it like a normal person. I don’t think enough people read this blog, but if I get fifty comments telling me to run in a onesie, I’m going to do it.

The Sun ran an April Fool's story last year saying that Mo Farah was training in a top secret cotton onesie to minimise risk of injury

The Sun ran an April Fool’s story last year saying that Mo Farah was training in a top secret cotton onesie to minimise risk of injury

3 comments

  1. Nothing but admiration. The onesie idea is a belter and would generate tremendous publicity especially if you get near your anticipated time.

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