Diabetes wise this would present a new challenge, I would have ten to fifteen minutes from when I finish my warmup run until the start of the race. My blood sugar would have to stay in range to be able to run a five mile warmup and a five mile race. As I started my warmup run I was feeling great, a cool morning and a blood sugar just above my target range was just what I wanted. In fact I felt a little too good because I would run my five mile warmup in 43 minutes. I was hoping to run the warmup in 50 minutes so I had enough in the tank to run a sub 40 race. With a blood sugar in range after my warmup I grabbed a Gatorade and some almond butter as my snack.
Now it was time for the actual race and as always I started great, again I started a little to fast and as usual I paid for it later. I got in to my zone just before mile two but would soon "bonk". Around mile 3.5 I ran out of gas, I was still running but I was like that car on the way with my flashers on trying to get in to the breakdown lane because the car was having problems. My hope was to "sprint" the last mile or so, a time of 7:30 for that last mile would have been great. Instead I finished the last mile around 8:30.
I would finish in a time of 42:26, not horrible. Honestly when I hit mile 4 I thought I'd finish around the 45 minute mark. My body is coming back and I'm happy with that, what I learned from yesterdays race is that my diabetes management is perfect. Other than a blood sugar out of range before my warmup I had a great morning. As time goes on I want my times to get better but my blood sugars to stay the same.