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Collegiate Women’s Lacrosse Player Opens Up About Life With T1D

Collegiate Women's Lacrosse Player Opens Up About Life With T1D

Paige Gottorff is a sophomore on the Grand Valley State University women’s lacrosse team. A top 20 Division II program in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is a Biomedical Science major with a minor in Biology, plays defense, and she is a Type I diabetic. We sat down with Paige to get a better understanding on what it is like to be an elite athlete with T1D.

 

When were you diagnosed and how did you/your family recognize there might be something off?

I was diagnosed in 7th grade at age 11. I grew up playing lacrosse and always had the energy to make it through games and  tournaments. Until one particular lacrosse tournament I was a lot slower, constantly drinking water, and using the bathroom. We just thought it was because it was hot outside. However, after the tournament my symptoms continued and worsened… Eventually I began to lose weight at that point my parents took me to the doctor. October 28th of 2012 I was officially diagnosed.

What kind of symptoms do you experience?

For low blood sugar I feel incredibly dizzy and nauseous, my legs get very shaky, I have trouble talking, and I will get headaches. For high blood sugar my head gets very foggy to the point it’s very challenging to focus, and I feel extremely tired.

What do you do when you start to experience these symptoms?

If my blood sugar is low, I will typically have a juice box and a granola bar. If my blood sugar is high, then I’ll take the correct amount of insulin to lower me back to a healthy level.

What does an average day of training look like for you with T1D?

It varies. I prefer to train in the morning so I’m not worrying about my blood sugar during training the whole day – but when you are a college athlete you don’t always get the choice of when you get to workout or how often. If I’m training in the morning I will eat a light but sufficient breakfast that will keep me full and energized throughout the practice or training. If the workout is later in the day I’ll eat normally but keep a close eye on blood sugar. For practices, we practice for two hours, so I will always take an additional 3 units of insulin. I will test 30 mins before practice and every 30 minutes during practice. After practice I always have a meal full of carbohydrates to make sure my blood sugar doesn’t go low later in the day. If my blood sugar is above 250 I will sit out of practice until it is below that value to make sure I’m at my best performance and not harming my body. If my blood sugar is below 80 I will drink a juice box and sit out for at least 15 minutes.

What is your biggest challenge with being elite athlete and how do you manage that?

Getting myself to do the same thing every day… Like testing my blood sugar the right amount on training days and eating the proper food. Just because you are never sure what will happen throughout the day. Our days are so packed with classes, practice, community service, and team activities so no one week ever looks identical to the next, but I try to maintain a strict schedule as best I can.

How do you prepare for away games/traveling?

When I am going on trips I make sure I have double (at least)  of everything. I pack about 4 pens of both humalog (short term insulin) and lantus (24 hr insulin). I’ll make sure I have my glucagon to carry incase I pass out from low blood sugar. I’ll carry extra needles, test stripes, and extra glucose monitor, and snacks incase I go low while traveling. Glucose tabs are also always with me.

How has being apart of athletics benefited your life with T1D?

Being as active as I am my blood sugar definitely is lower than it would be if I wasn’t extremely active. So, I am overall more healthy in terms of my blood sugar and A1C since I maintain an active lifestyle.

What is one thing you wish your teammate understood?

Diabetes is hard. Sometimes I really, really don’t feel well and just because I appear healthy doesn’t mean I feel like it. I also don’t sit out of practices because I want to, but because I need to.  

What is the best advice you have for someone in your situation?

Hang in there. It’s extremely hard, but the routine and strict schedule will really be worth it!

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Race for the Cure

Race for the Cure

A shout out to all the survivors, fighters and supporters who participated in the #RaceForTheCure in Austin! Check out some of the amazing individuals that participated on Sunday, September 24, 2017. 💕💕💕

Race for the Cure

Shop for a cause with the SPIbelt  that gives back! Cost remains the single largest barrier to obtaining treatment for breast cancer, so we’re donating $1 from each purchase of the Pink Ribbon SPIbelt to the Breast Cancer Resource Center in Austin, Texas.

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10 Running Safety Tips from an Ex-Soldier

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by Danny Kaine, CEO of NOMAD SOS

Everyone assumes that all soldiers are runners. Not true. I’m an ex-soldier and since leaving the Army I have retained my fitness levels, but I have never been a runner. Put a pack on my back and I will hike up and down mountains until someone tells me to stop. When I do go for a run, I really have to work at it. I find myself listening to music, and thinking about literally anything other than the fact I am running.

November is National Running Safety Month and in my experience, a majority of accidents happen through a momentary lack of judgement, usually caused by being distracted, or fatigue, or a combination of both. I speak from experience, not only from close calls I have had while running, but also as the CEO of NOMAD SOS, an assistance company who has responded to several accidents and fatalities involving runners.

Take these precautions to protect yourself, no matter what activity you are doing outside, especially if you are walking, hiking, cycling or running alone.

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2017 SPIbelt Ambassador Program

Meet our 2016 SPIbelt Brand Ambassadors!

APPLY NOW!

It’s the time again –  applications are now open for the SPIbelt Ambassador Program! This is one of our favorite times of the year as we get to connect with and hear from our amazing fans. Over the past year we have gotten to know 25 awesome ambassadors. If you haven’t, head over to our Ambassador page and check it out! Want to be a part of this amazing group? To apply click here and get the exclusive on new products, prizes, and special events.

Ambassador Responsibilities:

  • Post the SPIbelt Ambassador badge on your website/blog (if you have one) with a link back to spibelt.com
  • Mention your SPIbelt ambassadorship in the bio of your social media accounts
  • Interact with SPIbelt via various social media channels
  • Wear SPIbelt when competing/racing
  • Provide photos of yourself wearing SPIbelt
  • Promote SPIbelt as your sole running belt

Ambassador Perks:

  • SPIbelt Welcome Package full of belts, swag, and other running necessities
  • Recognition on spibelt.com in the form of a bio (& links if applicable)
  • Each Ambassador will be provided with a unique coupon code. Anyone who makes a purchase on spibelt.com with this code will get a free gift
  • Get exposure with a promo/feature on our social media accounts
  • Hear about SPIbelt news & products first
  • Opportunities to test prototypes and give feedback
  • Support from SPIbelt on special projects like events, giveaways, etc.
  • Monthly and yearly prizes
  • Private Facebook group with all SPIbelt Ambassadors to provide support and build community

Interested? Applications for new athletes, based in the United States and Canada, are open now through Sunday, 12/18. Follow SPIbelt on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates and check back here for application details!

We will contact you by the end of December to let you know that you were selected. Please do not email or message anyone at SPIbelt to check on your application. If you are not selected for 2017, applications for the 2018 year will open in December 2017, so please reapply!

Good luck! 

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Announcing the 2016 SPIbelt Ambassador Program

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We have exciting news — SPIbelt is starting an Ambassador Program! Do you use SPIbelt products during training or daily runs? If so, the SPIbelt Ambassador program might be for you. This program is designed for people who are passionate, motivated, and want to spread the word about SPIbelt.  To apply you just need to have a blog OR be active on social media!

Ambassador Responsibilities:

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  • Post the SPIbelt Ambassador badge on your website/blog (if you have one) with a link back to spibelt.com
  • Mention your SPIbelt ambassadorship in the bio of your social media accounts
  • Interact with SPIbelt via various social media channels
  • Wear SPIbelt when competing/racing
  • Provide photos of yourself wearing SPIbelt
  • Promote SPIbelt as your sole running belt

Ambassador Perks:

  • SPIbelt Welcome Package full of belts, swag, and other running necessities
  • Two new SPIbelt products per quarter to use for giveaways or as you please
  • Recognition on spibelt.com in the form of a bio (& links if applicable)
  • Each Ambassador will be provided with a unique coupon code. Anyone who makes a purchase on spibelt.com with this code will get a free gift
  • Get exposure with a promo/feature on our social media accounts
  • Hear about SPIbelt news & products first
  • Opportunities to test prototypes and give feedback.
  • Support from SPIbelt on special projects like events, giveaways, etc.
  • Monthly and yearly prizes

Please note the SPIbelt Ambassador Program is limited to individuals within the United States and Canada. Application will be open through Tuesday, May 31st.  Please do not email or message anyone at SPIbelt to check on your application, we will contact you by Friday, June 10th to let you know if you were selected for the 2016 Ambassador Program. If you are not selected for 2016, applications for the 2017 year will open in December 2016, so please reapply!

Good luck! 

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

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January #GetFitGiveaway!

January #GetFitGiveaway!

The New Year is here! The parties are over, the platters of cookies are gone and the eggnog has been drunk down to the last drop. That means it’s time to get back into your regular workout routine and SPIbelt is here to help with our #GetFitGiveaway! To keep you motivated we’ve partnered up with 8 of our BFFs to give you some amazing prizes ALL. MONTH. LONG.

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iSPI Virtual Scavenger Hunt

iSPI Virtual Scavenger Hunt

We’re giving away 1 FREE entry into the Austin Marathon and Half Marathon. To enter the contest, you’ll need the use of the internet + savvy sleuthing skills.

Answer all 5 questions correctly (plus the bonus!) to be entered! Ready to play?!

Contest is over. Thanks to all who played!

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SPIbelt Reviews

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Here at SPIbelt, we love customer feedback! We’ve compiled a list of raving SPIbelt reviews from our customers from around the world. Are you deciding whether or not SPIbelt is the right running belt for you? Read below to hear personal accounts of how SPIbelt has helped out our customers, and how it can easily be incorporated into your workout routine and daily life.

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SPIbelt on CNN

SPIbelt on CNN

As some of you might know, SPIbelt has had some pretty great media exposure. We were on “The Big Idea” with Donny Deutsch, NBC Today Show and featured on the Rachael Ray show just to name a few. Recently we taped a segment for (drum roll please…) CNN. This could not have been possible without your support so a big thanks goes out to you and you and you and you….

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