I had to alter the suggested title a little bit, in case something happens to the running part of this thread… then it’s a catch-all…
So I’m up. I have no idea what to include here… But I’ll wing it.
41 year young female. Type 1 diabetic for 15 years. Have been an athlete all of my life, and a pretty good one I might add, but my ability to just head out the door and perform whatever activity I’d like has been dwindling. Some might call that “aging”, but I’m not buying that. More likely it is the steadily decreasing lengths of workouts due to pain and inability to get my insulin right— and having to cut out too soon.
I’ve run since middle school and have always enjoyed being able to pour myself into that, too, but I’ve slowly abandoned that as an option over the last couple of years. With a pair of cysts on my tailbone and whatever impingement along my spine, running more than a couple minutes at a time has begun to create big problems. A recent trip to my old sports medicine doc turned up a lousy recommendation… that maybe I should phase it out altogether. Enter Eric.
I explained why I run/walk the way I do, which has all but destroyed any magic in it, and we’ve discussed a few of the issues. I’ve begun some core exercises, as recommended, and have started attempts at increasing my mileage. This part I’m just making up on my own… just adding more here and there but promising myself to walk at the first sign of pain. Things are already looking up, and I can say, confidently, that I can get in a solid 15 minutes before there is numbness in feet and other signs of difficulty. I have gone as long 2.5 miles before deciding not to push it any further. And that’s where I am now… at the very first part of consistently getting in a mile and a half or more before falling back to my old run/walk.
In addition to recommending core exercises, Eric has also helped me change my temp basal settings from one hour 50% prior to starting to 60 minutes ZERO basal prior to starting and remaining in a suspend until finishing. This has made a huge difference already in how long I can go before starting to go low. I am not so steady in the hours to follow, but I can handle those kind of rises the way I know how, with a little extra activity and a little extra insulin.
So that’s about it. I’m registering for a September 22nd 5k race, and I’m looking forward to committing to, and following to the best of my ability, whatever steps are recommended. Within reason. I will NOT eat Brussels sprouts.