I was more worried about my diabetes than I was worried about how I would run. Running is easy, I can take a year off and still be able to run, I probably wouldn't run well but I could do it. With diabetes it isn't that simple, in just three weeks my body is not used to running the way it was when i was running everyday. I was throwing myself a curve ball this morning, when I arrived at the race my blood sugar was at 230 and dropping. A 9am start is tough for me to judge diabetes wise, knowing that I was at 230 45 minutes before the race I wanted to run the course before the start to see how my body handled the return to running. Running wise and diabetes wise my warmup 5k went well, I returned to the car with a blood sugar of 129 and my body was feeling good and ready to race. My blood sugar did scare me a little bit though, I decided to have some Gatorade and a bite of a Powerbar. The race went very well, I have finally learned how to run and how to pace and conserve energy. I finished in a time of 23:26, not great but not bad after three weeks off. At the end my blood sugar was at 73, this allowed me to finish my Gatorade and Powerbar with no worries.
This morning I realized that I have become that "guy" at a 5k. It isn't out of the ordinary for people to run the course before the race starts but I never thought I would be doing so. I did this to prepare for the race and to make sure my body could handle the course. The course was also new to me so I wanted to run it to see where I could conserve energy and where I could kick it in to the next gear. It worked tremendously as I conserved energy at the start knowing the last mile was into a strong head wind, in that last mile I was fresh and passed many people that were caught off guard by the strong wind. I like running the course before hand and will be doing so at the next races I run. Plus it will make me stronger and the extra miles will help