I'm not one that follows the diabetes rule book, I don't know if that is good or bad but it works for me. This weekend Leanne and I headed up to the mountains of New Hampshire for a getaway with some close friends. As we prepared for the trip I knew I wanted to run up Cathedral Ledge, I rode my bike up the "mountain" two years ago and made it to the top but couldn't breathe at the end. I figured running up the "mountain" would be a good challenge.
Saturday morning I wokeup with a blood sugar of 93, I wanted to run an hour after I woke up. With a reading of 93 I knew I needed to eat something but was hesitant to take insulin. I decided to have a bowl of cereal, 6oz of apple juice and then go for my run without takeing any insulin. I have a feeling this decision would not be approved by many doctors, my motto is to try something once and learn from what happens. As I began my run I felt amazing and knew that I would be getting to the top with little trouble. (This was my first run since the marathon) Mentally the marathon made me so much stronger, running up the mountain hurt but the pain was nothing compared to mile 17 of the marathon. I have learned how to breathe and now realize that running hurts but the pain eventually subsides.
The mountain has two steep parts, one at the beginning and one just before the summit. The first climb I was going off of adrenaline and felt good, the last climb I felt the pain. My legs felt like cinder blocks and I could feel myself getting pulled back because of the steepness of the road. When I reached the top I was spent, I was breathing heavy but after a minute of rest I was breathing normally and felt strong, a lot different then when I was on the bike. As soon as I regrouped my attention went to the diabetes, I would walk down the mountain with my running partners so I took four units of insulin to avoid a high from running and from eating earlier. (My CGM was being charged at the time and I left my meter in the car because I would be gone 45mins at most.) When I returned to the car I was at 83, I knew this was a false reading because I had just worked out, my blood sugar would rise quickly in the next hour. An hour later I was at 234, not perfect but I felt strong and could now treat that 234 reading as a normal blood sugar.
My running experiment went well when it came to my diabetes. It was not a normal way to treat my diabetes but I feel that you need to experiment to learn. Again this will not work for everyone but I think diabetics need to have confidence when they try something new. I'm not a doctor and what I write is from my own experience. I may not follow my own rules but before trying anything new please consult a doctor and get his or her pr
Follow The Diabetic Cyclist on Facebook!!!!