Although my eyes are shut in this photo it is one of my favourite shots from my #firstmarathon experience at the #virginlondonmarathon2017 last Sunday. The #training and actual #marathon itself was the hardest #challenge I have ever set myself and I'm so proud of my achievement even though the day didn't go to plan. Having been a #type1diabetic since the age of 7 I have never let #diabetes stand in my way and although my blood glucose shot up to 21 (way above the normal level of 4 to 7) and contributed to me being really sick at around mile 16/17, I carried on to the very end. For those who don't know, sugar levels that high lead to dehydration and feeling sick which is not the best feeling mid marathon! I was determined not to let it beat me and although I didn't finish in my #trained for time, I finished, I got the medal and on reflection, I showed diabetes who's boss!