Marathon Team Spotlight: Brittany Campbell
Beyond Type Run, a program of Beyond Type 1, brings together an inspiring team of people impacted by diabetes—those living with type 1 diabetes (T1D), type 2 diabetes (T2D) and their caregivers. Since 2017, this program has brought more than 200 runners with T1D to the TCS New York City Marathon. In 2023, Beyond Type Run opened up the team to all people with diabetes and their caregivers.
This year we’ll be cheering on this 2023 team in New York City on November 5, 2023. Get to know 2023 marathon team member, Brittany Campbell, and how she’s getting ready for the race!
- Diagnosed 2022 with T1D
- Started training with a running coach a couple of months after diagnosis
What inspired you to run this year?
My mom was misdiagnosed with type 2 diabetes for 27 years and has many health complications as a result. She was given the proper diagnosis after I found out that I had type 1 and it’s made a world of difference for her.
I wanted to be apart of the Beyond Type Run marathon team so I could raise awareness about the signs and symptoms of diabetes and that you can be diagnosed at any age.
Who will be joining you the day of the race?
My husband and my two boys, as well as my mom and sister!
Prepping for race day
What is your go to running snack?
How do you prepare for long runs?
I usually lay out all of my gear the night before and do everything I can to hydrate and get a good night’s sleep. I’ll also pre-plan my route and program my Garmin ahead of time so that I can just wake up and go.
What has been the hardest part of your training so far?
Trying to find the time for long runs while raising two kids and working full time.
Advice to start running
Brittany’s advice for other people impacted by diabetes who want to start running is:
Take it one step at a time and don’t be discouraged by bad runs—they happen to everyone!
Find a running coach or program you can follow so you have some accountability. Sign up for a race that interests you so you have something to train and look forward to.
Get to know the rest of the 2023 Beyond Type Run marathon and learn more about the program here. Want to be on the team like Brittany? Stay tuned! The 2024 team application will open in April of 2024.