Yesterday, I ran 7 miles! I have never run 7 miles before in my life. The most I have done is 6.4 miles from the Monument 10k (10k is only 6.2 but my GPS said I went 6.4).
It wasn’t the easiest run for my diabetes, but I was able to finish the entire run (and ran the entire time minus stops to test my blood sugar). I woke up in the morning with my blood sugar at 154. I ate 25 carbs of grapes and bolused for the grapes but didn’t bolus for the high blood sugar. An hour later, I tested before the ran began and I was 191. I was worried my blood sugar was going to go higher and I usually feel like crap when I run high so I was nervous but I didn’t make any adjustments to my basal rate.
I felt great the first three miles. I stopped around mile 3 to test and my blood sugar was 136. I couldn’t really tell what my blood sugar was based on how I was feeling so I stopped again around mile 5 and my blood sugar was 77-quite a drop in less than an hour from 191 before the run. I ate half a pack of fruit snacks and kept running. I started to get really nervous about my blood sugar and worried that an ambulance might have to come pick me up on the side of the street so I stopped again around mile 6 to test and I was 71 at this point. I ate the rest of the pack of fruit snacks and freaked out the whole mile back to the starting line, worrying if I would make it. This last mile also happened to be my fastest mile of the run. 😛 Despite my crazy blood sugars and with the help of my hubby, I was able to finish up the 7 miles and my blood sugar ended up at 99.
My fast dropping blood sugars did take my mind of the fact that I was running 7 miles and I actually felt great for the run. I never let the mental side of running take over-the mental side being that oh I haven’t run 7 miles before, how am I going to do it?
The frustrating thing with running though is that during the week when I do my “short” runs of 3 miles on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays my blood sugar ALWAYS rises by 50 points at least, unless I bolus a little bit before hand. Most of the time I start my runs around 100, so I get nervous bolusing that low so I don’t and then I always end the run around 150. But on Sundays when I do my long runs, my blood sugar always drops a TON. I do eat before long runs and not before short runs so that could be one factor and obviously the length of the runs being another factor, but I drop before I even hit the short run length so it doesn’t make a ton of sense to me.
Next week, I run 8 miles so hopefully I can learn from this week’s long run and do better with my blood sugars.
Still the fact remains that despite my diabetes, I was able to run my longest length ever! 7 miles!! What a difference a year makes! Only 6 additional miles to go for the half marathon. 😉