The Adventures of Now

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


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Group Run: 6/23

This week we took it took to the road.

Our long runs so far have been around the bridle path but this week it led us out to the streets. Weaving in & out of everyone gearing up for the Pride Run

I don’t usually pay to much attention when they describe the routes for each groups – I figure there will always be someone ahead of me so I’ll just follow them. I also don’t grab one of the maps they hand out because honestly – I become a sweaty mess early on so I’d just ruin the paper, plus I already have plenty of stuff on me. 

After dropping my iphone several times (new armband where are you?!) in the beginning of the run RunKeeper was thrown off and I ended up just carrying the thing – not listening to music…a rarity. But it ended up being a nice change, I was running with a group so I wasn’t left listening to my own puffing or shuffle and with the race there was a lot going on to pay attention. 

Go figure that I made it through the race areas without losing the team but once we broke through it and hit 72nd street I lost sight. I was with one of the guys who I’ve synced up with in our past runs so we decided to go with our instinct and reroute ourselves. When we hit the meeting spot coming up short a mile we decided to go out half a mile and then circle back. Really we just wanted to run with the winner of the race (no not really but it was cool to observe close up). 


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Group Run: 6/2

                                     First Team for Kids group/long run! 

                                      

                                              There’s a lot of people! 

We had our first group/long run on Saturday – 5 miles was on the plan. 

Meet up time was at 8:30 on the west side …I’ve been spoiled in that my only other run group is a handful of blocks from my apartment and meets at 10am. I was booking it to get there on time – realizing it wasn’t too smart to get out of breath before even starting. 

It was misty out and I wondered if my first run with them would be also my first run in the rain. It ended up holding off and the sun was fully shining by the end (note to self: it is never too early/cloudy for sunscreen)

After the welcome speeches we all headed out for a quick warm up jog and then gathered to stretch. Calisthenics style. Um I can’t remember the last time I did high-knees, butt kickers & quick steps … high school sports?  It made me a little nervous of what was to come. But all of the coaches were awesome and getting everyone moving & laughing. I could see there were newbies, friends joining together and people reconnecting – it was pretty cool to have such a broad range. 

We broke off into beginner, intermediate & advance. 

I made sure to stop at every water fountain rest (anytime we passed one) plus I had a water bottle with me. I also hung out in the back of the pack (becoming a new trend) which I was ok with, I’m trying to keep it conservative while bouncing back from injuries and building my endurance up. We’re early to start training for the marathon as it is and I have plenty time to catch up. 

One coach even commented how 5 miles is a lot for the beginners for the first run and stressed that walking is good. That said, with all the water stops I’m a little surprised that I stayed under 12 min average pace. 

I was really impressed that the head coach remembered me from the open house fun run and the fact that I was Diabetic and took the time to check in with me. I didn’t get a chance to alert all of the coaches like I had done at the open house but I will be telling as many people as possible just so they’re aware. When the one of the beginner coaches did introduce himself to me at around mile 4 I put it right out there “hi, I’m Whitney, I’m Diabetic.” It’s a classy opening. I then proceeded to reassure  him  that I had 2 forms of ID (medical alert bracelet & roadID), a debit card (incase I need to buy sugar), my phone, chomps & my meter.

I do not travel lightly. 


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3/25: Run

Goal: 10k

Ran: 8 miles

Time: 01:27:00 | 10:39

Injuries: super tight hips 

Since there was no 10k I decided that trying another long run and figuring out fueling was more important over speed and timing. 

Bloodsugar before: 146

Ate : Pretzels + lavash w. 1/2 pkt J’s Almond Butter w. honey 

Mile 6: 90 

Ate: 4 Gu Chomps 

After: 113

Runkeeper was screwy, it didn’t pause properly when I stopped to do a blood test at mile 6 – you can see it in mile 7 (75 minutes for a mile?!). 

Splits

miPace (min/mi)Elevation (ft)19:501729:38-38310:2653410:34-38510:309610:40-10775:4042810:55-1899:42


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3/11: Run

Goal: 7 

Ran: 7.11

Time:  1:12:45 | 10:14

This was my longest run since the summer (as will be all future long runs).

Bloodsugar before: 133 

Ate : vitamuffin + lavaish w. 1/2 pkt of Justin’s PB & honey 

Mile 5: 135

Ate: 2 glucose tablets since 2 miles left (apparently not necessary) 

Bloodsugar after: 156 

noted that this was an evening running. 


This is the most consistant my bloodsugars have ever been during a run – especially for a longer one. 

Felt like a strong solid run – not much different than a 3 miler. No notable pain / tweaks – wore compression sleeves.