I ‘only’ managed 2 runs this week, 1.1 Miles on Monday and 1.4 Miles on Wednesday. However, as stated in my last post , I only feel that 2.5 miles is necessary before the day of the parkrun, with the extra half mile being more than doable on the day with a large number of runners there… and this feels very achievable at this point.

So why no third run? Well, I had my flu jab on Saturday, and its made me feel terrible all weekend.

Now when I was younger, I’d have beaten myself up over this. Beaten myself up so badly that I’d have ended up giving up on the entire thing completely.

I want to share my ‘failure’ here to make a point. I missed a run (I’d planned to do 3 a week, in the style of couch to 5k) through not feeling well.

Should I then call off the whole thing? Feel so bad about it that the whole thing becomes a chore rather than an exciting goal? No

These things happen to the best of us (especially those with a incurable lifelong condition!).

Be kind to yourselves and remember its better to lose the odd battle, than make yourself feel so bad you want to give up entirely!

This is probably terrible advice for anyone planning to become a professional athlete; but for anyone just trying to stay healthy… please be kind to yourself.

Here’s to next week and getting close to that 2 mile mark.

The two runs I did do… Well Monday’s took my blood sugar from 7.1 to 5.9, and Wednesday’s from 6.7 to 7.6 (always test before and after people!). Both runs were early in the morning before my family were awake, and with no fast acting insulin on board…. So, a good reminder to expect the unexpected really.

What have I learned this week?

Starting above a 6 would seem wise; with anything below 5.5 probably requiring a snack if I’m capable of dropping by a whole mmol/L on a run of just over a mile.

Disclaimer – It is essential that you do not take on board any advice given on this website without first seeking the advice of a medical professional. Any descriptions of different ways in which I manage my type 1 diabetes on this website, including in the comments, are given in good faith, and are shared merely as suggestions which should be ran past a doctor or diabetes specialist nurse. 

Published by Marcus Pezzaioli

I started www.diabeticstokebloke.com 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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