The 2.5 mile run I do as my first run of each week as part of my Sub 25 minute 5K training plan was pretty easy. It seems to me that once you’ve cracked 5K it becomes pretty easy to run again even after a bit of time off running. (at least as long as you don’t go to massive extremes with the time off of course!)

The 4 x 30 second sprints weren’t too bad either. They aren’t exactly ‘fun’… and probably aren’t much good on their own with only doing 4… but it’s the mental steps towards running fast. As with anything, its about starting with something achievable and building up gradually.

Due to childcare issues I had to do my 5k on my own, rather than take part in an actual parkrun. It ended up being the case that I had to run at 5.30am… I’ve said before how that is great for avoiding insulin on board issues, but those first 5 minutes were a killer!

Insulin on board (IOB) is something to give serious thought to. My blood sugars drop much more rapidly if I run within 4 hours of a meal, so I try to run before breakfast as much as possible as it means fast-acting IOB is one less thing to consider. Also parkruns are at 9am, and most running events seem to be in the morning, so it means my training is as close to the real thing as possible.

What I said in 10 Tips That Helped Me To Run a 5k With Type 1 Diabetes

As an aside, check out the GBDoc twitter chats. They are on a Wednesday from 8pm to 9pm (UK time), and aren’t always about ‘serious’ issues. I joined in my first one this week and it was quite funny to hear what some people have gotten up to in hypo situations. Its good to talk to other type 1 diabetics from time to time. Search for GBDoc for the host account!

Published by Marcus Pezzaioli

I started in September 2018 to document my attempts to get fit after a diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes in April the same year. I believe sharing my story can help anyone who is afraid to exercise with type 1 diabetes, and show that it is not as complicated as it may appear from other sources of information out there. If I can do it, with no CGM and on MDI, starting out as somebody who does not fit the athletic profile whatseover; then anybody can.

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