I ran 1.6 miles tonight (it was hard work as you can probably tell from the picture)! So I’m now over halfway to the 3 required for parkrun, with 3 and a half weeks to go.
I did have a worrying blood sugar drop though, I went from 8.1 before the run, to this just after…
I did have a banana afterwards to make sure I didn’t drop further (I think it was safe to assume I was trending downwards!), and having tested myself just now (an hour later), I had a reading of 5.7.
You know what? I look to have gotten away with one here; I’ve been running in the morning before breakfast or at least 4 hours after a meal, and not taking insulin on board into account in situations other than these looks too risky based on this. So, I’m back to morning runs for the rest of this week; and I’ve made a mental note to re-read Adam Brown’s book Bright Spots and Landmines (Not an affiliate link)
In the book there is quite detailed advice on how to handle exercise, but I read the book just after my diagnosis back in April, so I need to go over it again. I’ll also need to keep a conversion chart to hand, as it uses mg/dl which appears to be in common use in America, as opposed to the mmol/L we use.
Two things strike me that are important to take from this.
- Not beating myself up paid dividends, after a ‘bad’ week 1 and ‘bad’ week 2. By reminding myself to stay focused on the goal, and to take the positives from both weeks, I felt confident enough to push myself further tonight. I know feel that the goal of running a 5k is very achievable.
- I can not get complacent about my type 1 diabetes. I probably will drop the ball in term of getting a hypo during a run at some point in this process, but it is vital I keep testing, and keep my hypo treatments on me.
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