The Adventures of Now

exploring the mix of fun, fitness & health…as a diabetic


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Gym: 6/21

I had planned to do my 4 miles after yoga Thursday night last week. 

That planned failed. 

Just as I dropped all my stuff and started up the treadmill I got the feeling that I should do a blood test.  

113 – perfect!

Just not for doing a run when my insulin was still going through it’s 2 hour peak. 

But since I already started the treadmill I decided I was going to knock out (a slow) one mile. 

And then I packed it up and went home. 

Packing up did not include glucose tablets or a wallet … if it had I would have fueled or run into the CVS near by  – I was determined to get my run. So much so that I debated running home, fueling up with some chomps, waiting out the 2 hour peak and going back for the remaining 3 miles. Then I sat down when I got to the apartment and that whole idea vanished – I was in for the night. 

So my first run cut short from blood-sugars …. I’m sure there will be plenty more runs thrown off. 


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Gym : 6/24

I put off going to the gym all Sunday, by the time I couldn’t put it off any longer (the gym was going to close) I was really not in the mood. But I had my final Gym Pact workout to complete for the week and I already short changed a run during the week. I was originally going to make up the 3 miles but could only talk myself into getting on the bike, rationalizing that I picked up some miles on Sundays in the beginning of training (you know because that’s how it works).  

30 minutes to fill a Gym Pact … make the most of that stretching and foam rolling … 10 minutes on the bike…I could handle that, anything for 10 min right? 

I decided on a hill workout to make up for the strength training I was also skipping (ugh, again). 

Well wouldn’t you know, 21 minutes later and I had killed a sweaty 4.89 miles.

 

you never regret a workout


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Gym: 6/22

After my usual yoga class I had planned to knock out some cross-training. 

Blood-sugars decided to kill that plan just as it had the night before. 

I had only grabbed my keys, mat & iphone … leaving my meter behind (such a liberating feeling!)…. but atlas a stupid move. 

I  still knocked out 20ish minutes on the elliptical at a low intensity (apparently I didn’t record it). 

My blood sugars ended up being 141 – which means I could have put in a real cardio session.  

Lesson learned (two days in a row): if I’m going to do cardio must have meter and tablets/gus/$$ with me.  Sigh, I was just getting used to grabbing my keys and going. 


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Running Reflection: 6/20

Low bloodsugar killed the idea of a morning run before the heat really set in. I know that I have to train in all conditions because the marathon could be in heat/snow/rain/perfectly beautiful sunshine & breeze. But because the bloodsugars were seriously PMS-ing last week and have started to drop back down I didn’t want to throw them the curveball of the heat just yet. 

So treadmill it is! 

Goal: 4 mile quality  run was on the agenda. This is where I have a lot to learn, not as a diabetic but as a runner. Hill workouts, Fartleks, tempo runs. I’ve read about them but haven’t given much thought to how I’d be tackling them. I definitely need to do some more research and pull up some suggested plans. 

Intensity: I also need to re-evaluate my intensity scale. Effort level is not equal to the speed level on the treadmill. The truth of the matter is right now my effort level 6 is more like speed 5 / 12 min mile. I’ll get back to 6-7/ under 10 min mile but it’s more important to build back up to it. I did mile 2-3 & 3.25-3.50 @ 6 … rest was between 5-5.5.  About half way through I realized I set the treadmill for 45 min and was cutting it pretty close to finish with in that time so it became a motivator to pick it up. 

Injuries:  Wore my lovely green compression sleeves (and a matching top – way too coordinating for me – as I was walking back someone asked if I played soccer) and had very little shin pain. Left hip had very light dull pain(stretching should take care of it). 

This is week 2 of no PT … and I havetohavetohave to start being better about icing/heating and strength training. I’ve been super good about stretching and icing my knee & shin but my hip needs more attention. 


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Group Run: 6/16

TFK mixes up which coaches lead which groups which I think is awesome because it means more perspectives, more advice and more styles to learn from.

The coach that led our group out 2 weeks ago stressed that we were going to start off easy and all run together – there would be time to pick up the pace later. Perfect! I’ve been trying to focus on having control over my runs vs. pushing my hardest for each one. (the whole work smarter not harder thing? I was never good at that.) I had no pain during the entire run – a first since February!!

Of course my bloodsugars wanted a turn at challenging me. I had had a pretty good formula for food & insulin that I was testing out in our past long runs and I tried to keep in line with that but my pre bloodsugar was a tad higher from the start …. which included high blood-sugar hunger (not to be confused with low blood sugar hunger or normal hunger). So I wasn’t feeling awesome going into it. By the time I caught up to everyone at the water fountain I feeling sick. I did a bloodtest … 210. Spiked since breakfast, not awful  or enough to stop a run but insulin kicking in, carbs breaking down and trekking along on a run was sending a lot of mixed signals. 

It was my first time time doing a blood test during a TFK run (that sounds way too important), I was already kind of on my own so did my thing and kept going. By the time I met up to the next turn point with the coach directing us I was struggling. As she gave out directions and tips I used that time to blurt out I was diabetic – just a heads up. With in our little chat another TFK’er caught up and we started on the new path together … only I struggled to keep up. By the time I saw the coach again she asked me how I was feeling and gave me a new plan – instead of 6 miles I was going to do 5. As she told me, it’s better to cut it short and run it strong then be shuffling losing form at this point. 

Instead of getting embarrassed that I was taking a modification I embraced it, I was kind of already doing my own thing anyways. Instead it gave me confidence to make it my run. Since I have awful sense of direction I missed the point she told me to run up to so I went a little further but circled back before the planned turn. 

Best part was the strides at the end reminded me that I do have what it takes – I’m just not there yet.

The coach wasn’t there last week but her style was exactly what I needed for that shift from injuries to bloodsugars and I look forward to learning  a lot from her.