I’ve been following @daisymae’s Swimming BG thread and @Nickyghaleb’s Running thread and their super coach, @Eric’s suggestions, while trying to apply what they have so graciously shared with us to my own running style. Rather than disrupt their excellent threads, I thought I’d create a new thread to share my own trials and tribulations in hopes someone may find it helpful.
I ran today about 2.5 hours. Just a warning - I did not achieve the perfect results that I had hoped for but not totally bad, for me!
From the above screenshot, you can see I did not start out on the right “foot”!
So here are the numbers…
- 1 HR pre run-start: BG 149, .85U Bolus Correction
- 1/2 HR pre run-start: BG 146, Temp Basal reduced by 80% for 2.5 HRs (ie. 0.5U/hr down to 0.1U/hr)
- 1 HR pre run-end: Resume normal Basal
- Run-start: 11:30 AM, BG 129, Temp Basal reduced by 80% (ie. 0.5U/hr down to 0.1U/hr), IOB .25U
- Run-end: 2:30 PM (with 3 stops, so @2.5+ hour run), BG 60 (Dex), BG 65 (finger)
- 10 mins post run-end: Bolus 1U.
30 mins later, BG 118, bolus .5U and eat 1 croissant, chunk of parmigiano cheese, max BG 120,
1 HR later BG 68, reduce Basal 50%
So this run was a bit atypical with the 3 stops, making it @1/2 HR longer than expected but I don’t think that had a major effect.
I still made a few mistakes and maybe you will see additional mistakes! …
Last night, I reduced my Basal 50% to address an evening low, but never resumed my normal Basal. Hence I started out high, BG 149, took a correction, making for some IOB when I started the run. Still despite the horrid graph from xDrip+/Dex, I don’t think I really ever went low (or felt low), and ended at an acceptable BG of 65. I know I do need to work on preventing LOWs during the evening though, which may be the result of the afternoon run, or simply too much bolus insulin
My next mistake was waiting a bit too long to take the post-run bolus (thanks for the reminder, @daisymae!). I got distracted talking to friends so waited @10 minutes before I took the first bolus. I should have taken it immediately upon stopping!
Finally my next mistake was taking that 2nd post-run bolus of .5U. I don’t think I needed it. Or with it, perhaps I should have eaten something with a higher glycemic index (croissant is probably a bad choice!) to reach the blood stream faster because I’m on the low side now at BG 66. Still not too bad for me, as I typically go all the way to LOW!
Overall, starting at 129 and ending at 65 is not perfect with its large variation, but at least no LOWs (incredible for me!) and no post-run HIGHs. By applying what I’ve learned here at FUD (thanks to @daisymae, @Nickyghaleb, @Eric esp!), I’ve been able to eliminate my runner LOWs and post-run HIGHs, at least for this run! Hitherto I took for granted LOWs/HIGHS were just part of running for a diabetic! Phew, I had no idea there was a potential solution. It still takes tons of work and observations but it is so worth it. I hope tomorrow’s run will have better results but I know better, and take one day at a time! Oh, please let me know if there is something missing from this post which you might find helpful.