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From Abby: That Time I Ran a 5k-ish.

Abby tackled her first 5K last week, and she's proud.  As well she should be!  Today, she's posting about how she doesn't love to run, but she refuses to let diabetes keep her from sitting on the sidelines.

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I ran a 5k.

Ok, I ran most of a 5k. And, admittedly, it was 3.66 miles so that's like 6k?

Yeah! I ran/walked a 6k!

I hate running. I've been running since July-ish, and I started with a couch to 5k program which was really great. And by 'great,' I mean I didn't die from running all summer, so that's good. I did quit around week six because I was struggling with getting past the 2 mile mark, so I decided to just "take it from there." (If you ever do a c25k program, I highly discourage this.)

As far as diabetes went during this process, I just took it one day at a time. I tried different things with my basals - how much reduction, and how far before I ran. I also played with food and realized I CANNOT run in the evening without eating dinner first without reaching the 35 mg/dL mark rather quickly. I also found out that running during the day is way better on my blood sugar, but I can do that only on weekends ... and let's be real - I don't like to run early in the day on weekends.

A week before the race, my running buddy (who is also my best friend and stuck with me during the "wait, I need to stop, I'm 54 mg/dL" run breaks all summer) and I decided to go for a really long run, in the rain, on a Saturday morning. You know, to practice for the real thing. It felt great, my blood sugar was hovering between 110-125 mg/dL the entire time (no, I'm not kidding, it was a miracle) and we went the distance that our actual race would be. Long story short - my ankle got a little weird that day. And by a little weird I mean as I'm writing this I'm pretty convinced it's a stress fracture but I haven't seen my own doctor about it yet.

So I took the week before the race off to rest my ankle. And on race day was really worried about how my body would deal with this 3.66 mile WICKED HILLY course on a week of rest. I ate a bagel on the way there, drank a bunch of water, and when we arrived about an hour early I was 215 mg/dL. I left it alone, because Dex had decided to play the ??? game with me that morning and I had no idea where I was headed. Instead we walked to the course, registered and by the time we got back to our car to get ready I was 132 mg/dL. I ate three Glucolifts, and put my basal at 60% for an hour, with the race starting 20 minutes later.

And guess what?  I ended the race at 83 mg/dL and a big fat "Sensor Fail" on my Dexcom.
Take that technology. I don't always need you. (But please come back - you make me much less nervous.)

Moral of the story is that this journey I went on in July to run a 5k is completed... sort of. Due to ankle issues and not running in a week and my general lack of a running body I had to walk up the hills but I ran the rest of it. My goal was to finish in the allotted time which was 50 minutes. I crossed the finish line at 45 minutes, and it took us about two minutes to get out of the gate.

And diabetes didn't stop me.

The afformentioned best friend and I, immediately post run, and immediately disgusting.

Abby The Runner - 1
Diabetes - 0

(Now I'm taking some time off of running, and starting a month long yoga class. Which I'm hoping to hate a lot less than running. And I'm hoping my body will hate it less too. I'm also under the impression I will look like a movie star in four weeks because they all do yoga, right?)

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Have you ever challenged yourself to go a bit farther and try something outside of your exercise comfort zone?  What's on your fitness "to do" list?

Comments

Way to go, Abby! And sorry about the ankle. I started a couch to 5k program a couple months ago, and I would discourage it as well. Argh. Maybe I should take up swimming.

Great job, Abby! I just finished a 5k mud run/obstacle course at the end of September. I don't run or exercise much at all so this was a huge step outside of my comfort zone...due to general lack of athletic ability I only ran part of it and did about half of the obstacles but I did make it to the finish line! Due to fear of gunking up and damaging all of my diabetest technology I didn't have my pump or my Dex on and my blood sugar was fairly high at the end but came down rather quickly once I had my pump back on. :) I guess I would rather deal with a high later than pass out in a mud pit in mile 2!

Dude! You finished your first race! And you met your goal! And did it ON A BROKEN ANKLE! Good grief, woman.

I'm always confused and impressed by people who hate running and do it anyway. What's the motivation, then?? Good for you for having the determination to get back on the wagon, despite hating it. From a technical standpoint, I swear it gets easier with practice. From an emotional standpoint...it's all up to you. ;)

Best of luck with healing your injuries and starting up yoga!

Awesome job, Abby!

I find I have a lot in common with you...type 1, nursing (you're a nurse, I'm working on getting there), running (you hate it, but did it; I run as well, but because I love it...hehe). I'm glad you post here sometimes, and I like reading what you write.

BTW...I'm training for a crazy long run (my 2nd marathon), which you only do if you really LOVE to run, and I've figured out a lot of blood sugar/running tricks. I rarely go low on a run now. And if you ever want/need ideas of what to tweak, feel free to send me an email.

I've also had stress fractures from running. No fun. I hope you heal quickly!

BTW, I also do yoga. My arms and core are a TON stronger from it (because my instructors make us do an insane amount of planks), and I'm looking forward to hearing how you like it. What kind of class are you taking? I hope you love it!

This summer I took part in the annual Seattle to Portland bike race which is a 204 mile ride in 2 days. Throughout the whole ride my BG's never dropped below 70 (I think I was more proud of this accomplishment than actually finishing the race)

Congrats, Abby! I run because I hate the gym and it's the only way I can get some cardio. Reducing my basal to 20-30% an hour before helps, but doesn't always do the trick. Doing this with eating a bolus-free granola bar helps a little more.
I would love to hear any tips out in the blogosphere about avoiding lows during exercise. Even better if you can tell me how I can run with having 70 mg/dl about an hour before. That drives me even more crazy, especially when I'm all dressed and ready to go! Thanks in advance!

Great job Abby. I sort of like running - but only on a full moon when the tides are low and the evening temp is exactly so.

My walk has evolved to going so quickly that sometimes it just seems like it would make more sense to run. Those are the times I love to run.

I finished the CDA 10k (6.25 miles) Run/Walk for Diabetes. What a feeling! I did it. AND I averaged 15 minutes a mile. I walked most of it due to a lot of water consumption and no bathrooms on the route sort of problem...

I get it. The sugars behaved, the shins didn't hurt and I did it. You should be super proud.

Great job Abby and thanks for the encouragement! (I'm still on the couch part of the Couch-To-5K plan.) I get very nervous about the lows, but now I'm fired up and ready to move the plants off the treadmill and start.

Yah Abby! You give me hope that my daughter (Taylor, T1) will be able to run with me when she gets older! I LOVE running and have a HUGE fear of lows should she decide to love it as much as me. Congrats on finishing your first & I hope you stick with it and eventually find solace in it (as I do).

Wow, I could have written this post! I am also type 1, also a nurse, and I also started the c25k program in July (my first foray into running)- I also kinda dropped out mid- week 6, for the same reason as you mentioned! I also signed up for my first ever 5k and it's next month, so this is a good reminder to get back on the training horse! I was actually liking running more than I'd thought I would, but I'm having a hard time motivating myself to get back into it...this post is encouraging, though!

Way to go, Abby! I have had Type 1 for nearly a quarter century now, and from 2007-2010 I ran six half-marathons (13.1 miles each). I've also participated in martial arts and yoga enthusiastically. People without diabetes would tell me that they could never do what I do, which blew my mind. Of course they have no concept of what we do every day just to stay alive, but also, this thought occurred to me: running and other physical endurance feats are mostly mental, and diabetes is a never-ending endurance race. People who haven't dealt with what we've dealt with may not be equipped to deal with certain other hard things. So yay us! A bum knee has finally sidelined me from anything longer than a 5k walk, but I learned to love running (despite hating it at first, it called to me). You just might learn to love it, too. Good luck!

Congrats Abby! That is definitely a feat. Races are addicting and so much more fun than training. I've done two 10Ks and a 5 miler (but no 5Ks) and have been T1 for 10 yrs. I'm hoping to do some races next summer/fall.

You will love yoga. It is a nice change of pace from running (and is suprisingly tough... especially if you try the hot power yoga). It's also funny when you are all meditating and hear dex beeping across the room...

i've been a t1 for 12 years and am running my first 5k on sunday! i'm nervous, but excited!
thanks for sharing your thoughts in this post. i forget sometimes that other (non-diabetic) people don't feel the same way i do. that sounds silly, but it's true. your post reminded me that what i've been training for is actually really hard, and i'm proud of myself for sticking with it!

Awesome! Way to go! Btw, you look like Kate from TLC's "Breaking Amish"!

Way to go Abby!

Way to go Abby!! I am not a runner so I am always impressed by people who run. I'm in the middle of a C25K program. It's working, but I still don't like running. I'll take yoga over running any day. Hope you enjoy your next adventure. And I hope diabetes behaves. :-)

Abby good for you!!! You have inspired me to take up running! I am going to start right now! Thanks for posting this! All my life I have hated excercise but now I think its time to start. I am 17 years old and I think its time. Thanks for the inspiration!

That time you ran a 5K on a broken ankle? Yeah, about that...

Running makes my brain hurt but if you want to find someone to do the swimming or biking part of your triathlon, I'm your girl!

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