Daisy Mae Must Change Her Routine (and her whole life, LOL)
So as most of you are familiar with my two year education on how to swim as a pump wearer and an insulin dependent D, the swimming came to an abrupt halt when the pandemic hit the USA and the local pool was closed.
Oh My Goodness. All that hard work and passion and achievement, and now I was feeling very robbed. Of course, at the time, I thought that this would only last a brief moment and that I would b very slightly inconvenienced. But, OH MAN, this pandemic is hanging on and in there with such tenacity!!!
After 3 long months of being quarantined and in lockdown in Brooklyn, NYC, I have had to take up a new exercise: speed walking with my husband. Now I own a ton of swim suits and goggles and flip flops and swim caps, but nothing that could take me into a heated weather with proper outdoor gear.
Sure, I own a great (albeit very old) pair of running shoes, but no shorts, nor top,and definitely no sports bra. Nor do I own one single holder to carry my D supplies with me while I exercise !!! EEGADS.
and also, to make matters slightly more challenging, I have to prepare myself for this exercise in an entirely new way than I did with my swimming. I have to have many trials and errors before I figure out what works for me. (not what works for our famed and beloved Marathon Success Stories like Eric, Larissa, and Trying, to name a few.) My very own, personalized regiment.
Now I have been trying to ease into this by Speed Walking. My husband and I go anywhere from 5-8 miles at a clip. we are sweating our butts off out there, wearing masks and latex gloves, and me, having to carry my knapsack to carry my D stuff in (along with many extra pairs of gloves, etc)
Now my husband is a former marathon runner; he’s got all the perfect attire for getting the job done properly. I’m the one at a loss. So, doing this exercise in blue jean shorts and a T-Shirt, just ain’t hacking it. But how do I purchase what I need? I can’t exactly go into a store that isn’t open and try on running clothing. AMAZON??? R U NUTS? But don’t fret; I am on the case
now I have tried several different methods for prepping for the exercise:
- lowering my basal by .25% 1 hour before going out (didn’t work)
- dashing off with IOB 2.5 hours after a light lunch (seemed to work out well in the beginning, but once we amped up our speed and time on the go, I would crash terribly)
- going out on 100% basal, no other IOB, and bring Gtabs (4gms each) and a Transcend gel (17 gm very fast carbs) with me. AT FIRST THIS WAS A HUGE SUCCESS, BUT NOT FOR LONG…I would finish my workout and then my BGs would spike fast and high.(and often remain stubbornly high for hours)
so here I am. ready, willing, and almost able to take on a new challenge. As is so often the case, I have solicited the help, guidance, experience, wisdom, intuitiveness, and extreme generosity of our own running guru, ERIC.
what will happen? who knows. Together, we will figure it out. But, like I said, I am on the case. I will become a runner out of a swimmer. Now please excuse me while I go on line and research some appropriate running gear
Yours truly, signing out,