Hi folks! I haven’t posted much lately, but have still been quietly snooping around. But I’m back with an exercise/running question! I know there are tons of great exercise and running threads around, so I apologize if I’m asking a question that’s already been covered.
Anyway, I run a handful of times a week, normally. Usually nothing too intense, just a 3-4 mile jog. On weekends I usually go before breakfast (I’d prefer to be able to eat first but I am trying to get used to running on an empty stomach). Weekday runs are usually after work and I just avoid carbs after lunch so insulin on board is minimal.
Ok, sorry for the novel before even getting to my question, but sometimes I just can’t plan my day around insulin on board. A morning run was out of the question this morning, but I really needed to get my run on today. The best time to get it done happened to be 2.5 or 3 hours after a breakfast disaster and my BG was something like 80 but dropping slowly. I ate some slower carbs, thinking that would hold me steadier during my run than fast carbs, but that didn’t bring me up much and I needed to get out the door, so I added a few fruit snacks to the mix.
I headed out to run at like 90 and barely going up, and held mostly steady, but had a few more fruit snacks toward the second half of my 4 miles as I was starting to trend down. During the run things were great, and then I stopped running and all those carbs hit me, maybe combined with some adrenaline from trying not to die running 4 miles in the sun/heat, and things went a little haywire. I spent several hours higher than I wanted to be, and avoided carbs all afternoon because I couldn’t get my blood sugar down first.
All this to say, what the heck should I have done instead to avoid or deal with the post run high? Aside from just picking a better time to run… I hadn’t exercised since Monday and just had to squeeze it in. Ideas??