The name of the game was being prepared, a smart runner would do very well on this ten mile rolling course. A runner that was properly hydrated would be laughing at the hundreds of runners sprinting to water stations. I was somewhere in between. For the first time ever I ran with this guy, what a lifesaver that was!! On a hot and humid day having my Nuun with me for the entire race was a must!! In the past I tried to be the tough guy, I'd wait until the water stations and be dead around mile six because I wasn't hydrated. Not this year, I was able to run the entire race with no problems because I always had water with me, if I carry a camelbak with me for a 50k and have water bottles when I ride my bike why not when I run? It is the little things that go a long way.
Diabetes wise I did well, I had my CGM all set and began the race at a respectable 160ish. I know my body, I start running or biking and my blood sugar falls, then about thirty minutes in I level out and stay around 100. That is exactly what happened but I believe the heat caused me to go a little lower. Just before the mile seven marker my sensor fell off (thanks sweat) I had the sensor heavily taped but hey shit happens. When it fell off my CGM read 82, I began to panic a little but knew I could run a 5k and be okay. A mile out I knew I needed something to eat, my stomach was empty and my mouth was getting a little numb. Nothing crazy I would imagine I was around 70. Again, I know my body and knew I'd be fine. I do not encourage this!! As I finished I went right over to the food table and grabbed two oranges and didn't move until they were gone. Ten minutes later I would test and I was at 114. Not pretty but again I found a way.
It's two days later and I'm having trouble with stairs, obviously the race kicked my ass a little. I haven't been running like I was but this rejuvenated me. I was afraid of my neck, I didn't know what I could do. I finished with a time that doesn't look great for me but also finished with a time that looks good all things considered. My mental toughness pushed me and that is what I wanted. I'm still a ways away from a marathon or 50k but I know that I can do it and know that my body will be okay. No more excuses or fear, my neck is fine. It is time to get back to where I was!!