"Activity" is not the same thing as "Exercise": Allison's Running Trial

So excited for you!! And so glad you made the discovery and healing powers of running for more than insulin sensitivity but for chronic pain, too:-) Like you, I’ve learned so much from @Eric, @daisymae, @Nickyghaleb, and everyone here, sharing excellent advice. I love the title of your thread, too! :slight_smile: Looking forward to your posts of your continued training.



Guuuuuurl… I KNEW you’d come around. :raised_hand: (High five)

And hold on… I have to get you the image you need to get you in the mood…



I’m getting as much as I can but holy hell I’m outta shape.


I was there just about a year ago. Just keep getting up and getting out and chipping away. You, too, can be boring the medics at the end of a half marathon sooner than you could ever imagine possible. :fist:

Seriously. Let’s get it, baby. :sunglasses:


I just finished my fourth “run”. I’m amazed at how quickly my body’s adapted to it. I’ve felt good for the last three runs. But don’t tell @Eric. He’ll just turn up the heat on me.

I’m trying to remember what I used to sort of know about form and breathing and all of that from my softball conditioning days. Will keep chipping away! Thanks for the great example, @Nickyghaleb!


Just don’t look at all of my days. Not all of them are a “great” example. :grin:

That’s fantastic. But not surprising. :fist:


I’m starting Week 2 of my four runs per week plan. My goal, if I failed to state it earlier, is to run a 5k with my husband. He’d love that and so would I. I’ve never run one before.

Granted, I drank two glasses of wine last night, was dehydrated, and have not slept well in several days…but I hauled my butt on the treadmill and did my longish run today anyway. I do imagine I would have felt better had I (1) been sober last night (2) been hydrated today and (3) had slept well at some point. :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes:

My body wants to run at 6 mph at this point. My heart and lungs want to run at 5.6 mph. Hopefully they’ll talk and get on the same page as I continue.

The other thing I’m noticing is how ridiculously variable my pod site absorption is. Exercising has refined my insulin dosing…meaning that my body’s increased efficiency at using insulin is giving me much less “slop insulin” in my doses that can spin off in different directions. (I take meal insulin by injection, by the way, to preserve my pod sites and get better consistency in my bolus uptake.) So watching each pod site’s variability in basal absorption is clearer now than it was before. Some pod sites need a reduction in basal after exercise (-10% for where I’m at in my fitness right now)…and others are duds and don’t require the reduction seemingly bc they are not absorbing that well to begin with.

My conclusion in all of this is that with all of the potential failure points in our self-care systems (site integrity, skin integrity, variable states of efficiency in using insulin depending on proximity to exercise, CGM variability, test strip variability, hormones, etc etc etc)…my goal continues to be “livability” with this disease. While I would never turn down a lower A1C, my goal is to continue learning how to go about daily living with generally good control and with as few D-interruptions to the things that I want to do as possible. And to not get too wrapped around the axle about +50 or -30 or whatever. In my opinion, and maybe I’ll turn out to be wrong after running longer, that level of SD is more of a reflection of the variables of the effectiveness of the tools and of the conditions of the disease itself rather than my ability to control it. I just want to live well without undue distraction.


That’s me, too! :smile: Have a good week running!!


I think if I have to give up coffee (or at least remember to pretend I have), then you should have to give up wine. Not that I’m trying to throw you under the bus or anything, but I would like some company under here. :thinking:

Sometimes it’s not all about what your body or heart or lungs want you to run but what Eric wants you to run. I have learned that if he says 5.5, he’s gonna get his 5.5. He’s either going to get it where he’s written it in, or he’s gonna get it later in the week when I’m too tired to give him the 6 that was scheduled. I’m just now really learning, kind of, how to do what’s in the workout, and then keep doing that for every workout that week, no matter easy or hard. I’m not even sure you’re there yet with him, but it’s good information to keep in mind for the future.

Sounds like you’re crushing it so far. Love this. :heart:


I pretended to give up wine! And then I had a ton of reasons to go get a bottle of wine the other day…and now I’m fighting the 40’s and am waiting to come back up and have you to keep me company while my Dexcom regains signal…no one is making me give up coffee…no one who wants to live, that is.

My nose and upper lip and neck and inside of my elbows are sweating and I feel generally terrible. Apparently I can feel “crisis mode” as @Beacher astutely observed elsewhere recently…at least I woke up for this one while my Dexcom lost signal!!!







I’m having a coffee now.


I just realized you were actually saying this to me about your low… and I missed the whole thing.

I feel terrible. I didn’t mean to leave you alone with that. :confused: Did everything turn out okay?

1 Like

One juice box, two tabs later I was fine. I haven’t been that low in a longgggg time. Fortunately it felt really awful! I meant to get up and brush my teeth after I was safely back up in range…but then I slept five more hours…so I’m going to end up with Meth Mouth one of these days…


Probably not Breaking Bad kind of Meth Mouth I don’t imagine… You might be doing something wrong there with your lows… :thinking:

1 Like

We are just in the 2nd week, so I’m still figuring out all the buttons, dials, and settings on this machine. :wink:


So here’s the problem with running: it’s ruining my hair routine.

I’m a low maintenance kind of gal (i.e. I only put on eye liner and mascara if there’s a super good reason to). But I do put the effort into straightening my hair. Which is an hour long process that I do every three days.

But if I’m sweating my butt off on the treadmill, that ruins my straight hair…which gives me “I just had an infant” hair but my kids are too old for me to look this rough.

Just sayin’.


I braid my hair and pin it up! So not too messy when I take it down. Keeps me cool during the run, too :slight_smile:


I am glad you fielded that question. :grinning:


I was sweating my everything off yesterday in 107 degree heat index for three hours when we were finishing up with our contractors for our pond install…my hair was initially pinned up in front all presentable…and then I ended up adding a bun which looked like a horrible man-bun since I cut my hair off recently…and my husband said, “Maybe we’ll come back out here tomorrow for a family selfie when you’re not looking all like Rey from Star Wars.”

I wasn’t even mad. It was so true.