The Adventures of Now

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


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Drink up Buttercup! {#missionhydration}

Fact: I’m terrible at drinking enough water on a daily basis

Fact: A large percentage of my daily beverage consumption comes from Iced Coffee

Fact: I sweat. A lot. Often.

Fact: I don’t wear hats (protecting my head from heat exposure)

Fact: It’s hot out (being summer and all)

Fact: High blood-sugar can increase thirst

All those facts point to one very obvious conclusionDehydration is a serious concern for me this summer – especially while training for my first marathon(!!) .

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I know that the actions I make outside of running will have a large impact on my training, therefore, I’ve been trying really really hard to start chugging. Ok sipping. A lot . Especially before my long run.

Since Memorial Day / training started I’ve carried a water bottle with me for every single run and am embracing the water fountains in central park.

That said, this whole #missionhydration thing is still a work in progress.

During last Saturday’s long run I drank water and stopped at fountains. After the whole phone debacle, I was finally left rushing home un-stretched and thirsty – far from the parks fountains. Luckily I actually had some cash on me (rare occurrence)  for a water bottle outside the park which I killed before I reached my apartment.

I threw a water bottle with Nuun in my bag – along with the container for later fueling. Smashed that on the train (I usually dehydrate myself during travel in fear of having to drag all my stuff to the bathroom).

But then came the iced coffee and it wasn’t until the early evening that I started back up with the water – even acknowledging that I should be drinking something but putting it off.

During last Sunday’s UGS/Athleta run I had my trusty side-kick water bottle with me, skipped the Honey Drop drinks for Hint Water that was offered (love when they include diabetic friendly options!) but that went  for the Iced Coffee (so.good.) straight after. Ran some errands mid day, taking the drop in humidity as a chance to walk some blocks (because I think my feet can travel faster than the bus – they can’t – especially in 90 degrees). Stopped and got some Arizona Iced Tea Vitamin Enhanced drink thing … too sweet ..when does that every happen?? Indulged my new trend (that I’m trying to drop) of a Powerade at Target.

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So why am I telling you every drink that I had over last weekend?  Because shortly after I got home from Target and a few other errands I came home and crashed. Not in the I’m so tired, so sleepy, my body wants a rest way. More in the I’m a little light headed (and this has nothing to do with blood sugars) I just need to lie down kind of way. From that point I went through a steady stream of Nuun tablets, with only an appetite for baby carrots (water food) and laid in bed for the rest of the day (this is where pinning is awesome!).

Now here’s the weird part  – as I was about to go to bed my roommate came home so I stayed up chatting for a bit. An hour later as I turned off the lights I was wide awake. So I turned them back on – and never went to sleep.

I can drink coffee and take a nap right afterwards. I realized afterwards that some of the Nuun tablets have caffeine but there’s no way it would keep me up ….all night.

Something I also faced last Sunday was  delayed hypoglymica (low blood-sugars) …. I’ll do a post as I research it more and my experience with it but basically exercise can still “be in your system” for 48 hours prior affecting your blood-sugar.  Granted with an off appetite, lots of fluids & exhaustion  I wasn’t making the smartest decisions, both in meal choices and insulin calculations. However, it was the confirmation to (finally) start dropping insulin dosages  – something I’ve been playing around with all last week and into this.

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Are you good about staying hydrated?

Favorite tips / tricks to drink more? 

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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.