“Linda Carrier’s book tells an amazing story. No, it’s more than amazing. It is nearly unbelievable. Hers is a life and a book of challenges met and odds beaten. It’s a story about a marathon of marathons, but it’s much more than that. It’s a story of what the human spirit can achieve. I’m fascinated, entertained, educated, and inspired—all in one book! Read it.” —Dr. John Dempsey, President, Sandhills Community College
Linda Carrier has never let her type 1 diabetes diagnosis keep her from living an exciting and fulfilled life. In fact, for over forty-five years, she’s ran numerous marathons to not only control her diabetes but to see the world.
In Outrunning Diabetes, Linda recalls how she got into the World Marathon Majors–a prestigious championship-style competition—her feelings throughout each race, and how she tackled the World Marathon Challenge twice. Join her as she is faced with the most strenuous event yet: seven marathons on seven continents in seven days. From Antarctica to Africa, Australia to Asia, Europe to South America, and finally completing the race in North America, Linda shows us that diabetes does not define you—it is simply what you have. Told with grit and determination and filled with marathon plans and preparations, this book will move you—in more ways than one.
Running a marathon (26.2 miles) is not easy. Running a marathon as a Type 1 Diabetic makes it a little harder and maybe more risky. Running 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days was something I wanted to do to prove that having a disease doesn't define me. My actions do.
When we are young, we foolishly go through our days thinking that we have all the time in the world to do X or Y. We tend to procrastinate with everything from home projects to trips we want to take to telling those, who mean the most to us, how we feel. Do not wait. Live for today. Tomorrow is never promised.
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