So today I ran a 5k race… it snuck up on me… long story.
But, I was determined to do it and made a commitment that if at any time I felt I was pushing it too hard, I’d back off and walk. And I did.
My biggest fear is everything I’ve read about exercise and T1. I didn’t want to drop too low, so I took juice along in my fanny pack.
Woke up and started the day @ 7:30a with a high reading of 217 (also trying to adjust my Lantus) so I decided to leave it that way and not cover with short term for fear of inducing a low with insulin on top of running.
Didn’t want to eat either, so had a coffee with some fake sugar (which I swear raises my blood sugar a bit)
Race started @ 9:15am. Glucose level 241
Race ended @ 10:00am. Glucose level 441!
Back to car (where I kept my glass vial of short acting Novolog) took a reading… HIGH
Took 7 units based on my ratio + 1 extra just in case
11:00 @ 513
11:15 I did eat, but 2 scrambled eggs and sausage, not wanting to add carbs to my high
11:30 @ 450
and so on until
3:00 pm I finally reached 143
My level shot up high fast, dropped low fast, then as the hours went on it continued to lower but at an increasingly diminishing rate (I was testing every 15 min)
I really enjoyed the run, it was super refreshing! But while I thought I should guard against inducing a low, I should have actually taken a shot to prepare against a high. So my questions, based on everyone else’s running experience…
- How should I track this and prepare for it?
- Are there certain foods I can eat before a run that will help manage the glucose levels?
- My insulin/exercise obviously peaks and then reduces… seemingly at a greater rate after running than the peak and reduction I experience being sedentary… does adjusting just come with experience and tracking?
- When I simply walk (not jog/run) for long distances it really reduces my need for insulin and induces a big low… why the difference in activity types? It appears all exercise levels are not the same? Obviously my body is making sugar to compensate?
- While I’ve read where exercise mitigates the need for insulin, am I misunderstanding or am I maybe experiencing some additional complication which I should also consider?
I’d love to chat with an Endo, but without healthcare, the best advice I’ve been able to receive about my diabetes medically (at all) is with a family practice firm with a “concentration” in diabetes. When I ask them about exercise, they say it’s good for me (I know) but the above questions are over their experience level.
So if you are a runner with T1, any suggestions or experiences you have are greatly appreciated.