Help debug my running

Thanks again for the comments @Eric!

On basal: yes, I’m still just at 2u of Tresiba. Going to Levemir would give me a little more fine grained control, but it adds another shot and the amounts are so, so small (0.083u / hr). At the moment my total daily insulin use is below 10u, so I’m not a good pump candidate yet.

On being in the 70s, I don’t necessarily mind it although I run stronger in the 80s. But I’ve been fooled before about how many carbs I have on board. See Trial run 6 above, where this happened at lunch.

If I’m absolutely certain my last bolus has worked its way out, it’s a lot easier to “trust the carbs.” Unfortunately that isn’t always easy to predict. But I’ll post another trial from today where this strategy worked out well.

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Trial run 10

I had a little dental work done this morning (hooray :joy_cat:) so I had a no-carb lunch, hence no bolus insulin since breakfast (1.5u). I decided to run in the evening. Took 8g of glucose tabs at 4:53pm and went up to BG 132. Took my 15g Transcend and headed out.

Another warm night, mostly made sub-8min splits. At mile 2 I was around BG 138 and flat on the Dexcom so I took another 4g of glucose because I wanted to aim for 5 miles.

Fingerstick around mile 3.5 had me at BG 73 but I just kept on and a half mile later I was at BG 89. Finished my 5.15mi at BG 92. Only gave myself 1.5u of insulin to cover dinner since my ratios are around 1:25+ post-exercise these days.

So that’s a success, and as close to a “zero IOB” test as I can get with my current basal setup. The trick is still making sure my last bolus is out and then just fine tuning the timing and amounts of carbs to get to the distance I want.


I beg to differ on this one. My CDE said that my low Total Daily Dose was the reason I should be on a pump. It can be set to give as small as .05 units a hour.

At diagnosis I was on like 3 units Lantus a day and still going low during workouts and in the afternoon. Once I was on a pump I could just turn off the dang basal for a few hours when I could see it was not needed. Temp Basal zero was a game changer. Now that I’m on Omnipod 5 and not Dash it will do the turning on and off for me. After a couple of years I still only use 12 to 15 units total a day and LOVE the pump.

Just a thought.



This clever device just arrived in the mail, courtesy of @Eric :

Not, as you might think, a Spider-Man webslinger (although it’s just as crafty), but a wristband mounted glucometer plus test strips. Just add the lancing device of your choice and, with a little practice, on-the-go BG checks don’t require breaking stride. It’ll take a while before I achieve that level of coordination, but looking forward to giving this a spin.

Thanks again, @Eric !


Looks good on you! :+1:

Eventually it becomes muscle memory. Your BG will basically test itself.

Don’t forget to take the sticker off. :grinning:


Yes, this wasn’t the full unboxing video! The docs were very comprehensive. Just gave it a trial run, using an old one-lancet Accu-Check attached to my water bottle. It’ll take practice for me to be more fluid, but the device itself incredibly well put together :100:

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I like this style of lancing device, because it does not need to be “cocked” before each use.

(I wish there was a better way to describe that! :joy: You know, most of them require you to pull it back before each use to load the spring? That’s what I mean.)

Anyway, they used to sell them on Amazon but they don’t have them there anymore. But it looks like you can still get them. Here is a link.

And I am not the only one using that phrasing! They say the same thing.


Trial run 11

An example of how unpredictable this disease is, no matter how you plan.

At 11:41am was at BG 99 and took 8g of glucose tabs. By 12:07pm rose to BG 127 and took my Transcend (15g) intending to do about 4mi. That starting point plus carb does is my usual for that distance.

At mile 2, was at BG 89 (thanks to my handy wrist glucometer I got these values while in motion). Felt good, decent but not intense pace. By mile 4, however, I was at BG 111. That was surprising. I decided to do another mile and ended at BG 88.

I thought all was fine, but then after a shower, 20 minutes after stopping, I shot up to BG 123. Either I was having a hormone induced spike or I somehow overcarbed. I don’t see how the latter is possible, and the former is still pretty unpredictable for me. Gave myself a correction with my dose for lunch but as a result I had to wait since I don’t like to eat while I’m over 100.

No particular moral, just another annoying day with T1, I guess.