So… A good thing to start off...
I just ran 1.9 miles. So I’m very close to 2 miles now. I still have 2 weeks and 2 days until I run the 5k, so I’m aiming to build up to 2.5 next weekend, and then do a couple of shorter runs the week of the parkrun.
I did have a fever at the start of the week, and felt pretty awful Monday through to Wednesday, so its been my only run this week so far (this is being written on the Thursday night). Again, I’m trying to be kind to myself (I’ve been banging this drum for a few posts now, but I feel its vital) and take the positives here; despite another dose of illness I’ve ran the furthest since diagnosis, and I’m getting closer and closer to that 2.5 miles I told myself I’d need to make in training.
After this 5k has been ticked off, I’m hoping it’ll show anyone out there struggling (diabetic or non diabetic) with the confidence to go out and run, that it really doesn’t take a ridiculous training schedule to get started in the running world. Maybe you’ll take to it and ramp up the runs over time, desperate to get faster and faster; maybe you won’t and it’ll be a couple of times a week habit that you try and keep. That is certainly better than nothing!
A bad thing…
I took an unnecessary risk really… yes I was 7.4 blood sugar wise before the run, but it was less than 2 hours after my evening meal, which I’d fully dosed for insulin-wise. I got in at 4.1, so took 4 dextrose tablets (its amazing how good these taste now I hardly have anything sweet anymore!) . Taking my blood sugar now, 15 mins later….back to 7.3. Having had similar to this before, I should have had a banana or something pre-run really.
I’ve re-read the part on exercise, and the best bit of advice I’ve taken on board is to make a note of what amount of carbs, or what foods you can eat to raise your blood sugar by a set amount. So for me, if I’m below 6 before a run, I want to know what I can take to raise my sugars. I think experimenting with my dosing is best left for a while yet, and I’m going to try and get back into the habit of morning runs, buts for now it good to make a mental note here that 1 of those dextrose tablets should raise my blood by around 3/4 of a unit.
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