- 5:15 pm, BG: 154, Set temp target (reduced basal)
- 5:30 pm, BG: 153, Start running
- 5:56 pm, BG: 132, Finish running
- 6:15 pm, BG: 107, End temp target (start normal basal)
- 6:30 pm, BG: 91, 30 Minutes Post Workout
On today’s training plan was an easy 3 mile run. I had to be at work early today so I decided to run after work. Since it was an evening workout, there were more variables to factor in to manage my BGs. First, I ate my lunch around 1:00 pm and contained a lot of protein and fat but very few carbs. By the time I left work, my BGs had crept up to a point where I would have corrected with insulin if I wasn’t working out. I knew that if I corrected, I would have had active insulin onboard for my run and would be dealing with a low later so I let my BGs hang around 150-160 for a little bit before my run. I also set my temp target a little closer to the start of my run (15 mins ahead of time) than I might otherwise to avoid going too much higher before the workout knowing that my lunch protein was probably still affecting my BG levels. I kept the temp target on for the entire run and for 15 minutes after since I went from 90 back up to 107 around that time.* 20 minutes later (6:40 pm) I dipped back down to 85** and stabilized from there. Score!
The run itself was nice, it was just above 40 degree weather and the sun was setting. It wasn’t as pretty as some of my morning sunrise runs but I’ll take it. I took it pretty easy again since I’m still tapering for the race but I warmed up quickly and felt good pretty much the whole time. If only every run could go this well!
*You can see that the run didn’t really begin to affect my BGs until after I was done. Usually, for me, it takes 2-3 miles (roughly 15-30 minutes) before the effect of moderate intensity exercise kicks in (usually a drop in blood sugar). Even though I know this, I always carry emergency food, just in case. Today it was gummies, I just didn’t need to eat them.
**I know that 85 is the lower end of normal and might seem scary for some but in my opinion, it is a perfect number for me. You should work with your doctor to determine your own ideal target range. #LetMeBe83
*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.