This mornings run would begin at 8am which made my diabetes management a little tougher than a race that would begin at 9am or 10am. An 8am start means that I wouldn't be able to take my normal insulin dosage to cover my breakfast, obviously I would need some insulin so that my blood sugar would be in range when the race began. To cover my scrambled eggs and two waffles I took.5 units at 630am, that would help just enough so that my blood sugar didn't get to high before warming up. With a blood sugar of 242 just five minutes before the race I was a little nervous but feeling good because my blood sugar was high but acceptable. It would crash quickly as the race began and I got my heart rate up to 150 for over thirty minutes.
As the gun sounded I felt good, I had no watch or no idea what my time would be while running. I just wanted to run and enjoy myself. The course was a rolling hills course but nothing crazy as the maximum height above sea level was 200ft. The first three miles went very well as I could see the leaders as I descended a small hill, in any race that is always my goal, I just want to see the leaders, if I can do that I know I'm doing well. After just climbing another good size hill before the four mile marker I was feeling strong and made a strong push during the last mile. As the finish got closer I just wanted to finish before the 45 minute mark, it was a hilly course and although I felt good I didn't think I was running at a good clip. As I made the final turn I could see that the clock read 39:20, my first thought was that they didn't start the clock when the gun went off. I would sprint to the finish in a time of 39:32 and would have a huge smile doing so.
After congratulating the thirteen year old that out kicked me in the final half hour I headed back to the car to test my blood sugar and have my post race snack. With a blood sugar of 211 I was happy, I had done well and did well covering my breakfast so that I'd be ok while racing. Was it perfect, no but I came away with some confidence and will be prepared the next time I have a race that starts at 8am.
I think it is safe to say that I'm officially back. Todays race was the best race that I have run in six months, I felt great and had no stomach problems. Tomorrow it is back to training and getting ready for the next race on the calendar, I'm not sure what race is next but I'm expecting another strong finish!!