On Saturday, the newly formed Virginia ‘Betes Peeps affiliate of Insulindependence had their first race event. When we were planning events back in October, I had mentioned to the group that my sister and I (and our significant others) were planning to do a donut run in November. The group thought this would be a great first event because who doesn’t love eating donuts and running. It was also slightly ironic that a diabetes group was doing a donut run.
The event was a lot of fun! Four of us from the Virginia ‘Betes Peeps group showed up to race. I also had quite an entourage of family there as well: my hubby, sister, sister’s bf, mom and step-dad. It was a 5k race benefitting ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation with donut stops at the one mile mark and two mile mark.
The morning was a really chilly one. The sun was out but the wind was blowing fierce. I think the temperature was around 50 but it felt like 30 degrees F with the wind. I took the week off from running after completing my first half-marathon so I was a little nervous how I would do. It turns out that I had my best race ever! I had my best 1 mile time as well as my best 5k time. According to my Nike GPS watch, I ran the 5k in 28:55 with an average pace of 9’56”, with my fastest mile ever at 9’20”. Although my watch did say that I only ran 2.91 miles, not 3.1 but still…pretty damn amazing considering my best 5k time prior was 34:12. I didn’t include the stops for donut eating at miles 1 and 2 so my watch time differed from the official run results, but even so the race results had my time at 32:06 with the donut stops. I stopped and eat 2 donut munchkins at mile 1 and 1 munchkin at mile 2.
My blood sugars didn’t do as well though. I feel like I have somewhat got long run blood sugars under control but 5k blood sugars will always give me trouble. I started the race at 110 and I finished the race at 168. I did eat the three munchkins and didn’t bolus for them but still, I don’t think they had enough carbs to offset the running. Despite my blood sugars though, it was a great race and it was fun to get together with fellow Type 1 diabetics to share the experience.
Updated to post: I wanted to also mention that I did this race last year and I was early in my Couch to 5k training and I ran for about 2 minutes before stopping to walk. I think I did the 5k in about 48 minutes with walking and running and I remember thinking I was going to die about 2 miles in from trying to run more than I was ready for. Quite a difference a year makes where this year I ran in 32 minutes!