Must be early in the race if I'm still almost smiling...

Smile and pretend you’re fine :-)

After finishing an 8k with Insulindependence last fall I talked myself into completing a half marathon in Seattle, and committed to doing so on live internet radio (it’s also recorded, so I couldn’t pretend it didn’t happen).

I trained, and trained, and trained, and was feeling good until about three weeks before the race when I hurt myself (turns out I didn’t pay enough attention to proper running form early in my training).

I tried to work through it, I tried to rest it, I tried pretty much everything except going to the doctor until I couldn’t take it anymore (two days before leaving for ADA, 11 days before racing). Diagnosis? Proximal hamstring tendinopathy.


That’s a fancy way of saying a high hamstring injury. Treatment? Acute physical therapy, with no hope for recovery or relief in time for the race. But the doctor was so cool about it.

“Of course – run the race. You have to run the race, we’ll rehab you afterward.”

I didn’t talk much about the injury online beforehand, but I was totally freaking out. It totally threw off my training plan, which, in turn, really shook my mental confidence for completing the event.

It’s one thing to push yourself hard through an event you know you’ve trained properly for. It’s something completely different to do an event when you know you haven’t.

Holy mind games, Batman.

Enjoy the Experience

But I was all in. I was going to do the race and just take my time. Slow down if I hurt, walk if necessary, and just take in the experience. And that’s exactly what I did.

I enjoyed Seattle, had some wonderful quality time with Dana Lewis & Scott Leibrand (#DIYPS), saw some old friends (hi Ghosn’s!) and met some new ones (hey Terri & David!). Oh yeah, we raised some money for the American Diabetes Association along the way, which is pretty great, too. Thank you, all, for helping make that happen.

I earned a half marathon medal, and it’s something I’m very proud of. I wore it all the way home, and was congratulated a few different times. That felt pretty awesome. And you can bet your green, orange, and yellow bracelets that I’ll be wearing that medal at Friends for Life next week, too.

Why? Because if I can do this, than you can set a goal and accomplish it, too.

Picture of me with my finisher medal after the race

Check out my medal, yo!




  • Mark-John Clifford

    Way to go Scott. Very proud of you my friend.

  • Laddie

    Congrats, Scott, and have a great time at Friends for Life.

  • StephenS

    Yay Scott! That is an awesome medal, and well earned. I remember that conversation, and for what it’s worth, I’m nearly two thirds of the way through the things I pledged to do. Congratulations on a fantastic achievement!

    • Scott K. Johnson

      Way to go, Stephen! Keep at it, brother!

  • karend1

    goose bumps

  • Christine J

    CONGRATULATIONS! and thank you for sharing this. I am hurting after my training ride today, wondering what the JDRF Ride to Cure will bring in August. Some PT is underway along adjustments to my bike and I still enjoyed being flat out in a parking lot after the ride! You are an incredible machine, Scott! I hope your recovery goes well.

  • Briley

    I am so proud of you Scott! Since we met IRL, we have both run half marathons and I totally know about wrong form and all that. Mine came from shin splints and I only recently got back into running, but it still doesn’t take away the euphoria from knowing that we’ve run more than 13 miles!! Great job and I can’t wait to see you!

  • shannon

    ridiculously photogenic half-marathon dude! :)

    looking forward to seeing the medal in person this week! :D

  • Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman

    Way to go, Scott! Awesome job.

  • Kim

    So very, very proud of you Scott. For so many reasons.

  • kelly2k

    Scott –
    I am so very proud of you and inspired by you.

  • Kathy

    Well done, Scott. I’m sure the training was a real challenge with managing your BGs. What an achievement! You should be very proud.

  • Ryan

    Good work man. I’m totally with you on this journey. Just ran my first long race too. Had the exact same high hamstring issues. Good luck rehabbing.

  • April

    Congrats!!!!!! Scott, you are such an inspiration! I picked up running / walking just this year and while it is still so, so difficult for me, it is extremely rewarding. And it’s even more rewarding when your diabetes plays nice. So proud of you, what a great representative of this community and a role model for all of us wannabe runners!!!

  • Rich the Diabetic

    Glad you brought the medal with you to FFL. :) Congrats man.

  • Sara

    Proud of you Scott!

  • Karen

    I was crazy proud of you before I knew you were injured . . . . so now I guess I’m bat crap crazy proud of you!! You are so inspiring – and I think of you often as I train for my 5Ks.

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