Army Ten Miler

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First off, things have improved a lot since Friday.  Thanks for the kind comments I got (and for letting me vent), it was a very frustrating 24-36 hours where no matter what I did, I couldn’t get my blood sugar lower.  It wasn’t too bad at first which is why I didn’t change my infusion set or insulin but after a night of 300’s I had to start making some changes.  I did get a motor error twice last week so I called Medtronic and got a replacement pump on Saturday and since then, things have been smooth sailing (well as much as they can be with T1D).

A better day than Thursday/Friday

A better day than Thursday/Friday

I’m so happy that the triathlon is over.  I had a lot of fun last weekend and it was such a rewarding feeling knowing that my hard work training paid off.  However, training for a triathlon is stressful and exhausting.  I tried to run three times a week, bike three times a week and tried to fit in swimming as often as possible.  I was consistently tired every day from the long bike rides or the bike rides and runs together.  As I mentioned in a previous post, trying to find the time to do all three activities was tough because I had to make sure and bike ride when traffic wasn’t bad, I had to wait for the pool to open and wasn’t too crowded and had to fit in runs early in the morning before it got too hot.  Now that the triathlon is over, I feel like a big weight has been lifted and I can get back to my usual routine.

Screen Shot 2013-08-22 at 9.50.05 AMHowever, I am motivated by goals so to keep myself motivated to keep running/work out, I have signed up for not just the Army Ten Miler (ATM), but the Army Ten Miler and the Richmond HALF MARATHON!  I’m doing both these races with my husband and he was excited about the Army Ten Miler but when I told him I wanted to do the half marathon, he thought I was crazy.  But we had already signed up for the ten miler and a half marathon is only 3 more miles, so I was finally able to convince him.  I felt pretty strongly about signing up for the half marathon because it is something that I never thought I would be able to do.  A year ago I couldn’t even run one minute and now I’m running three-four miles easily (easily but not fast).

The ATM is October 20th and the half marathon is November 16th.  So I’ve got 8 weeks until the Army Ten Miler and 12 weeks until the half marathon.  Before I signed up for the half marathon, I was googling different workout plans to prepare for the ATM but then when I signed up for the half marathon, I decided to go ahead and sign up for a half marathon training team.  It actually works out pretty perfectly because we have coaches who can answer any questions we might have, so I can have the coach help me to adjust the half marathon training to fit in the ATM-like working in a tapering off week before the ATM.

My training plan:

Tuesday-3 miles

Wednesday-3 miles for 4 weeks, then 4 miles for 3 weeks, 5 miles 1 week, back to 4 miles, then 6 miles, then back to 4 miles

Thursdays-3 miles-hill training

Long run-Sundays-building like this: 4 miles (this past Sunday), 5, 6, 4, 7, 8, 5, 10, 11, 8, 12, 6

I like this plan where I start to increase then have a sort of “easier” week mixed in.  Also, the week that we are supposed to be running 11 miles on the long run, is the week that I will be doing the Army Ten Miler, so it’s perfect timing.

Yesterday’s run was encouraging.  I took a “break” from exercising last week after my triathlon was done because I was pretty exhausted from it so yesterday was my first time doing anything all week and I was nervous about a 4 mile run.  However, it was a beautiful morning-beautiful sunrise, beautiful weather, my blood sugars stayed good 168 before the run, 156 after. I had a faster pace than normal (11’52” my first mile) and I felt great overall.  I’m also going to get back to using my exercise log to keep a good check on my blood sugars since my running schedule will be pretty set.

It’s pretty crazy to think that in eight short weeks I will be running TEN miles (my farthest ever).  It will also be interesting to try and figure out how my diabetes does with longer runs.  So far, the most I have ever run is a 10k or 6 miles.

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2 thoughts on “Army Ten Miler

  1. Sounds like a well thought out plan. I haven’t been following your athletic pursuits for long but it sounds like you’re doing really well. First triathlon and now a half marathon?

    Your plan looks good. Not to much too fast with lots of time to figure out blood sugar challenges along the way.

    Good for you!

    • Thanks! My athletic pursuits have all been this year haha. I was a couch potato my whole life until last November when I started a Couch to 5k program. Honestly, I never thought I could do a half marathon but I can run 3-4 miles OK and the training program for beginners said that is all you need to be able to do, so hopefully I’ll be able to do it! I have 12 weeks of training to prepare. 🙂

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