The Adventures of Now

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


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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.  


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Run: 6/18

Sadly no splits, RunKeeper went a little crazy on me, look at those jagged edges: 

Goal : 3 Miles

Path: Reservoir

Intensity:  I woke up this morning with a headache (rare) which should have been the sign to chug water throughout the day … surprise… I didn’t. Mixed with a high bloodsugar and scarfing down waffles with soynut butter (nothing new) I was feeling a little sluggish from the start.  Tried to keep the SloFasy mind set assigned for today but definitely pushed it past level 6 intensity. 

Injuries: No hip pain! A reminder to stretch but no pain. Some right shin splint action, wore compression sleeves. Legs were a little heavy (yoga class this morning was more about breathing than stretching) 

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So this is happening.

As of the moment I have 13 miles planned for that day as part of my NYC Marathon training, so why not? I need another 1/2 to redeem my MORE/Fitness. Plus, I recruited one of my friends to do it with me (ok she ran Boston a few times so I say “with me” lightly) and it’ll be a hometown race of sorts as I grew up in Southampton and worked in East Hampton. Not to mention I stalked this girl as she trained for the full last year. Also, September is my favorite time of year out there. Apparently we were just in time as I signed the afternoon before registration closed and got her to sign up the morning of. 

Yay for goals & running with friends.  Hope my dad know’s he’ll be driving me to the start…


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Run: 5/31

Goal: 3 miles —> knocked this down to 2 b/c of soccer later that evening

Path: ran from gym to park, 1 loop around reservoir & ran 1/2 way back to gym.

Intensity: tried to keep it at 11m/m to focus on pacing & b/c of soccer, don’t know if I would consider it conversational

Injuries: wore compression sleeves (& shorts) which helped with shin splints , hip had overall dull annoyance. Went to yoga right after to stretch it out.


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Run: 5/30

It was a wonky start, hitting stop lights, iphone falling out of case – had to restart, runkeeper a little off.

Goal: 4 miles

Path: ran 1/2 way to park, loop around reservoir, loop on bridle path/lower reservoir

Intensity: tried to keep it at a conversational pace … eh. Dehydrated – didn’t bring water & didn’t stop at fountains (<— need to work on that)

Injuries: nothing major, usual hip / shin splints (wore compression sleeves)


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Dear blood-sugars: this is not how training is going to go.

96.

A perfect blood-sugar for a morning workout.

Not low but low enough to prevent a  nasty spike from activity & lack of insulin.

After yesterday’s lackluster start to training I was looking forward to a 3 mile redemption run – my first run for my first training plan for my first 1/2 marathon. Big deal folks. Ok not so much, but I wanted to really push myself for those 3 miles.

A treadmill run, my mind over body usually dictates the speed & incline and I set for increasing both every 1/2 mile.

Spoiler alert: DNF . #fail.

At 1.5 miles when I was just about to bring it up to under a 10 min mile (an old average that has been lurking in the shadows lately) when it started going down hill. By the time I neared 2 miles I knew it was over. It was all I could do to grab my stuff, wipe down the machine (holy sweatiness) and try not to crawl back to the locker room. I couldn’t tell if my blood-sugar was 40 or 400 (more like 140). On machine it was perfect, internally not so much. I had that dizzy/nauseousness thing going on.

The diabetes has made me super sensitive to how my body is feeling all my life – but here’s the thing: runners get dizzy & nauseous (not usually at 2 miles at 11/12 minute pace…) – I’m going to have to learn what’s the diabetes & what’s normal / push through it / needs to be addressed differently (looking at you dehydration) running trials.

That’s part of this “adventure” – some mega research to do / support team to build.

So stellar start right ? Well when I step away from my pity party I realize that there’s going to be sucky days made far suckier by the diabetes. But that’s partly why I’m doing this – for when I can punch those moments in the face with those awesome days & accomplishments.

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Plus I feel a teeny tiny bit better with the fact that my glutes are feeling yesterdays strength training (I did something right?) and I have soccer tonight, a little unconventional but I’ll pick up that last mile.

Not to mention this has only just begun …

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Favorite Finds

Happy Peanut Butter Day!

I currently am completely out of nutbutter (the whole ruined grocery shopping thing yesterday). I know, it’s a miracle I haven’t started having withdrawals yet.

Here are 5 reasons to love peanut butter from Yum Sugar – I have a few  several  more I could add.


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Day 1 : First Training Plan

Today started my first day of a training plan.

Ever.

Strength training. ugh, my weakness.

Yesterday morning I came home after meeting a friend before setting out for a day of errands and a yoga class. I was hit with such a wave of exhaustion that after downing two homemade iced-coffees all that was happening was a nap. And than I woke up low. Goodbye productive day. I was basically wiped out until I went to bed that night. No errands done, no healthy food stocked, no outfits scoped out for the new week or papers lined up in order. Instead it was all left in a mess. Including my plan for strength training today.

And I am not about to put together a plan at 5:30am.  

Plus there was a debate going on in my head if Pilates counted since I discovered last week that my favorite instructor teaches Mondays at my morning gym.

I did 15 min of that side-stepper machine and then after some stretches (the foam roller was hiding) I went to the machines.

Leg Press : 3 sets of 15 @ 115lbs 

Hip abductors: 3 sets of 15 @ 70lbs

Hip Adductors: 3 sets of 15 @ 70lbs

 

And that was it. Bloodsugars were still hating me and even though I wasn’t  I felt low  – a low hangover? Enough for me to call uncle and wrap it up.

So day 1 – not off to a great start. I need to put together a proper strength training plan (yadayadayada – I  know I say this often), ideally I would like to not be using the machines, it was my lazy / no thinking plan.

Tomorrow is 3 mile run – I should know how to do that. 

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Your turn:

Any favorite strength training exercises?