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: 6/22

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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Running Reflections: BS vs. Group Run {6/17}

To be honest, those splits are looking pretty good for how I was feeling. I can’t say that I know what a hangover feels like but I had my on version Sunday morning : bloodsugar hangover.  My bloodsugars were a mess on Saturday and into Sunday morning – super high, super low. Usually you can roll with the punches but sometimes when it hits you it knocks you out. Plus my food choices /treatment  weren’t the wisest. 

It was a smaller group at the UGS / Athleta Run on Sunday. So when the intermediate group was set below a 10 min pace I considered dropping back to the beginners knowing that I didn’t want to push myself on this run. But I didn’t. Being a smaller group, we all stuck together instead of splintering into smaller groups. Until I dropped back….far back. Like had to give in and walk by mile 3. I was half way around the reservoir and knew I wasn’t going to catch up and had to listen to my body.

I wanted to throw my (empty) water bottle, I wanted to cry, I wanted to stomp my foot (not so easy while you’re shuffling along). After finally being pain-free while running my bloodsugars decided to take their turn. It happens. Bad runs happen. A lot. For some more than others.

I met one of the coaches at the end of the loop and she was nothing but supportive but I definitely threw myself a pity party getting there. Luckily I was able to shake it off as we left the park and I really understood how much it’s going to take outside of the runs to make this work.