So, @LarissaW, I know how this looks. Before I get to what I’m hoping to do with the thread, I’d like you to know this is in no way any kind of thread like yours. I’ve been meaning to get it going for a few weeks but haven’t had the time. @Trying, very possibly one of the sweetest people on the face of the earth, got me motivated…… So, Trying, you should know I’m getting it going again at your request, but it completely lacks direction. I’m thinking that’s okay though. It’ll keep me accountable until I have an idea what I’d like to do.
Here goes. I had a running thread that spanned from the time I went out for my first mile run to when I ran my first half. I put in a lot of hard work, got an enormous amount of support and good wisdom, and came out a true runner. Since that time I’ve had a surgery that had mixed results, I’ve developed high cholesterol, am experiencing a good amount of pain down my right leg with running, am experiencing intensified pain in my tailbone, and am sitting at an a1c of a 6.2. My eating is a little messy (read: out of control), but I have not given up on running. I continue to run about 5 days a week and am currently putting in about 35 miles. I ran my first 10 mile run the other day and continue to run intervals and just push myself in general. That part I am very proud of. When left to my own devices before, I got lost in the land of The Comfortable 5 miler, and no matter what I set out to do, I somehow had completed it at 5 miles on the dot. There’s a lot of comfort in routine, and I was concerned with how easily I was losing the ability to make myself work harder. Surgery knocked me back for a while, but I slowly got myself out of my comfort zone and have been working since. If anything, I have to remember to not work sometimes, too. And that’s not bragging–that’s a sincere character flaw.
I’ve gotta cut this “short” , or I’m going to be here all night. I ran 7 miles outside today and kept my blood sugar in a pretty good range. I’m logging my runs again (though I did go through a brief period where I wasn’t), and I do look forward to posting some numbers like I was. I do have a different arrangement right now in technology, and more than ever, I’m having to make adjustments on the fly. There are workouts where I start at a 250, but this is no longer coffee that’s the culprit. I continue to do my best not to add any carbs or insulin over the few hours before starting a run, and I continue to do gels and insulin during it. Even though I am not always able to control my IOB prior to starting, that has been the single most important rule I’ve ever learned about exercise, and even knowing what IOB I have is still enough to remain stable throughout a workout.
I recently met another Type 1 diabetic female runner. She was 41 years old, and she was just as friendly as could be. She asked me why I carried a meter on my runs, and I explained that I couldn’t rely on the sensor value. That it was too slow and would lead to inappropriate decisions. She then told me she had participated in 13 half marathons… and had landed in the medic tent every single time. She said she had learned something from me about the numbers, and I told her I had learned something from her about not being a wimp. So I landed in the medic tent. Who cares. It would be really cool to have 12 more tries to get a different ending. I genuinely don’t think I’m up to doing another half yet (and probably a marathon never), but I’m looking forward to playing around in a few smaller races. It’s a good starting over place again anyway.
That’s it. I look forward to watching Larissa, and I do hope to hear back from Trying, @T1Allison, @TravelingOn, @daisymae, and all the other ladies in here who are on the move. I’d be happy to hear from everyone… but doubt anyone not tagged has made it this far down.