As I began to stretch and get in to my running zone a forty-five minutes before my run my blood sugar was at 153, a small snack of apple juice and two bites of a power bar would have my blood sugar at 222 as I headed out the door. Having a "perfect" blood sugar before any run is good, having a "perfect" blood sugar today took my confidence to a new level. As I started my run I knew that if it was a race that I would be able to run a pr no problem. With a training run however I decided to hold back a little bit and really just coast for the first seven miles, coast breaks down to about a 9:30 mile. In the first half of the run I felt very strong and my blood sugar gave me no problems what so ever, a GU every forty-five minutes and a bite of a power bar every ten worked perfectly.
The second half of my run I was able to take it to another level. I pushed a little harder the last four miles and felt very strong conquering the two big hills in my final four miles. As I was finishing I felt low, I was a little shaky and light headed. When I train I never have any kind of liquids with me, the reason for this is that I should be hydrated enough for a fifteen mile run, if I can train on a fifteen mile run with no fluids then I can skip those water stations and makeup time when it is time to race. This thinking probably isn't the best but it does work for me. With a mile left and feeling low I was not worried, I know that when I run a reading of 90 feels like 50 so I was not worried that running that final mile. I was able to run the 14.25 mile course in two hours, I never use a watch while training but I left the house at 10:05 and returned at 12:06. When I finished up I headed right to the meter and was happy to see a reading of 88.
A post run protein snack and a hearty lunch followed the run, my blood sugars would be between 160 and 210 all afternoon which I was very happy with. My only hope is that the half marathon I will be running on May 4th goes as smoothly as my training run went today. That is not a guarantee but for the next two weeks I will really cracking down on my blood sugars and eating a lot of carbs to make sure that my body is ready. I feel very strong right now and I'm excited for next weeks 5k and the half marathon in two weeks!!