With my first half marathon of 2014 only 66 days away I have finally decided to take my training outside. Unfortunately the winter season doesn't want to go away, having to run in below freezing temperatures and snow looks like the plan for the next week. I'm hoping that the temperatures slowly begin to rise so I can get back to training like I was in October and November.
The cold is not the only difficulty that I will be facing in the coming weeks. Getting my basal rates back to my active lifestyle will be a huge challenge moving forward. The good news is that I have all of my basal rates saved from last fall, the bad news is knowing when to make the change from winter basal to spring basal rates.
This afternoon just before lunch I figured it was now or never and prepared for a short three mile run. An hour before my run my blood sugar was at 98, I decided that a couple pieces of toast with peanut butter would help raise my blood sugar before I started. As I began to stretch I noticed that my blood sugar had not moved, I believed in my pre run snack and headed out the door. As usual I started my run to quickly but after that first half mile I was able to settle in and keep a steady tempo. As I was running my last half mile I began to feel a bit off, I made the mistake of not checking my dexcom, (honestly I forgot it was in my pocket) and not using the Level pack that I had in my pocket. I figured I felt off because I was outside and the cold was giving me problems, I have an excuse for everything. When I got home I quickly checked my blood sugar and was disappointed to see 46.
Things will get better moving forward, I know this. What scares me is that I was unfazed by seeing a 46 blood sugar. I hate to say it but seeing 50 and 250 will be the norm until my basal rates are dialed in. Having the Dexcom will be a huge help, I don't expect to see such highs and lows with the dexcom connected. I look forward to the spring and look forward to being in my ra
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