Okay, so I wanted to put my race stuff in here. Today was my first 5k in approximately 26 years, but it’s not because it hasn’t been at the top of my To Do list… I have wanted to run in a 5k for a very, very long time, but diabetes was just getting in the way—diabetes and hip problems— so I had just stopped wanting it. Met @Eric, and he got me thinking I could, then he got to telling me how I could, then he got to coaching me… I’ve needed a lot of guidance in both areas, running and diabetes, to be able to be back on this path again. I know I said I was coming in to tell of my race, but I wanted to leave this in here, too. It’s really been a journey leading up to that line this morning, and I really had abandoned any hope of it long ago. Eric, thank you. … And, of course, FUD, thank you. Two flowers for you.
So the short of it is that I placed third in women’s overall. I haven’t gotten the official time yet, but it showed 23:11 as I crossed the line. Or 28:11… but I really hope not. It was a tough course, it was 26 degrees, and I had a few things malfunction, including my “not sick” status, so it wasn’t exactly smooth.
My BG was pretty good this morning. I had some problems with a new Dexcom sensor last night, so my blood sugar over night was a little messy. I woke up, say, at a 160ish. I had 3 hours before the start of the race, so I did a correction and food bolus, had 2 cups of coffee, a yogurt, and a piece of cheese. By 20 minutes prior, I was looking pretty even between a 100-120. I tried testing again with my Contour Next One meter and received a couple of errors. Assuming the meter was bad, I ran to the car and swapped it out for another only to end up getting some errors on that as well. It appears it was the cold. 5 minutes before starting I took out my 1 unit syringe and gave myself the shot and had my 23 gram GU 2 minutes later. Then they said “go”. It was 26 degrees as I said, and I felt like a block of ice, so the first mile was tough. My fingers were FROZEN. I had 2 more GU gels in my little pouch, but I don’t think I could’ve bent my fingers to get to them. I wasn’t worried about crashing at that point anyway. There was an enormous mud puddle about halfway through the race with no way around it. On the other side, both my hands and feet were frozen. This was the first point where I began to worry about my blood sugar. I do not feel lows in cold temperatures, and that can be even at 40 degrees, so even though I was comfortable with what my numbers should’ve been, I found myself starting to really worry— no meter, screwed up sensor, no natural ability to detect anything at all, and I was working hard. So, yes, diabetes was on my mind for probably 10 minutes of the race, but it didn’t ever affect what I was doing. I’m very happy with that result for my first time around. I hope to only get better though. I finished my race at a BG of 194 which was a major surprise… for 10 minutes I had been concerned over a crash, so it was mildly amusing to see how far off that had been. Oh! And my T:slim also gave me a couple of back to back occlusion alarms right after the race, so I also missed the 3 unit bolus I had there at the finish. I ended up doing a few IMs just until it looked like my t:slim was warm again, and it’s all been good since.
Long story. A lot of good things today, but a lot of things I want to do better. But first, dance party.