“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.
As of 2021, Linda Carrier has run fifty-nine marathons, fifty-five half-marathons, and two ultramarathons all while managing her type 1 diabetes. She knows the importance of staying active with this diagnosis. She and her husband reside in Pinehurst, North Carolina.
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.
Tears welled up in my eyes. My chest felt so tight, it was hard to breathe. My heart felt like it was three times its normal size and would soon burst out of my chest cavity. But there he was, approximately 100 yards away, clapping with a huge smile on his face. The worry and concern he’d had at the start of the race had left his face, a look of pride taking over. I continued to run towards the finish line, and to him, feeling a sense of achievement deep within my soul. There I was, not only an older woman a few weeks away from turning fifty-eight, but a woman who’s had Type 1 diabetes for over forty-four years. A woman who was, despite it all, about to cross the final finish line and leap into her husband’s arms after running seven marathons on seven continents in seven days.