Running Outdoor Hills

Easy pace

  • 8:30 am,   BG: 116, Set temp target (Lowered basal rate)
  • 9:00 am,   BG: 140, Start running
  • 9:50 am,   BG: 184, Finish running, Bolus 1.0 U
  • 10:20 am, BG: 164,   30 Minutes Post Workout 

(*no food/carbs consumed for this workout)

On today’s training plan I had a rest/cross train day but my running club was having a race and I just couldn’t resist! How could you say “no” to 5.3 miles, in one of the most beautiful parks in the area, with some of the nicest people, on a perfect winter weather day? I obviously couldn’t! To top it off, I got to run the race side by side with my dad! It was a nice easy pace and a great conversation!

Unfortunately, my BG graph looked a bit like the elevation profile for my hilly run this morning. When I woke up this morning, my BG was hanging nicely in the 80s. It slowly started to creep up leading up to the race. I went through my usual pre-run routine, set my temp target, turned off my alarm for high BG alerts and tucked my insulin pump in my sports bra, under all of my winter running layers. I have my high alerts set at 130, which is normally where I start to micromanage things for tighter control but I’m generally okay with that number on a run and would prefer not to hear alarms going off the entire time so it isn’t unusual for me to temporarily silence them. I do leave the low alerts on for safety, just in case I don’t feel one coming on.

Since I knew my BGs were trending up on their own, I didn’t eat anything but I assumed the easy pace would keep me stable or bring me back down.  I didn’t check again until after the run and saw I actually spiked to 184 so I corrected. I was a little disappointed in myself for not checking on my BG during the run today (normally I check every mile or two) but I was in the zone running wise and really enjoying chatting with my dad. 

Good BG control is important for physical health but no one is perfect and you need to consider your mental health too. Sometimes it’s better to take it easy on yourself and enjoy the moment!

*The content on this site is not intended to be medical advice. Always consult your doctor before beginning a fitness regimen or adjusting your diabetes management strategy.

Published by Jenny Nat


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