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Post Run “Perfection”

April 3, 2014
Not taken this week, but you get the idea.

Not taken this week, but you get the idea.

Last summer & fall when I was training for the half marathon, I always had trouble with my highs post run. I know that it is because my body was reacting to the lack of insulin that was in my body while I was running. This week I went for a short run. It was easily one of the worst runs I’ve ever been on. It felt as though there was cement in my core and attached to my shoes. I wanted to run faster, but I just couldn’t do it. My blood sugar was in the 160s when I left, so I knew that the sluggishness was not because of a high blood sugar. I didn’t feel low. For me, sluggishness is not usually a symptom of low BG’s while I am running. I returned home and was in the 80s and set a higher temp basal to prevent a spike post run.

I got back (in the midst of taking a taking a Dexcom break), and set an alarm to test in another hour. I wanted to track my spike and catch it before it got too high. I was 130. It so much lower than I was expecting (180+). I still felt low. All day I felt low. I was low a few times (between 65-70), and in those moments I felt like I was in the 30s. My will to function and my ability to stand up straight were no where to be found. After work I was 101 (and getting ready to leave for ITWP) and treated it. I did everything in my power to eat healthy and not over treat and stay in range. I did it. I went for a run without a spike. Except I sit here thinking about my day and the only thing that comes to mind is “I don’t want to feel that way again.”

Has anyone else ever experienced this? Or reaching any diabetes goal where you don’t like how your body felt? What did you do? Did you try to accomplish it again?

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  1. April 4, 2014 12:12 PM

    I’m the farthest thing ever from an expert, so please don’t take this as advice. I have had this problem all through recent training (since February). I’ve just ratcheted my temp basals down while ratcheting up my pre-workout carb load (which I hate). But for longer things, like long bike rides, I sometimes have to just give up and suspend the pump at some point, until a couple of hours post-ride. The most overriding thing, of course, it to stay safe, always.

    It reinforces, for me, why I really like working out first thing in the morning, when this is less of a problem for me. As always, your diabetes may vary.

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