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Comment by Brian on September 6, 2014 at 10:42am

Still struggling to maintain normal blood sugar on my runs. Today I reduced my basal an hour before my run, ate oatmeal and some protein, reduced my meal bolus and then went for a 7 mile run w/o my pump. This time my blood sugar went way up. I was 220 when I finished and felt like I was going to puke. Ugh... It's such a fine balancing act. I feel like 1/2 unit too much and I crash. 1/2 unit too little and I sky rocket. I do have some good runs but lately it's been really challenging to get things dialed in. Fantasizing about a day when diabetes is a thing of the past.

Comment by acidrock23 on September 6, 2014 at 3:35am

I'm not quite "there" yet, although we're running 16 today for the first > 1/2 training run for me in about 2 years or so? *gulp*

Comment by Jerry Nairn on September 5, 2014 at 9:37am

Anyone else going to the Ventura Marathon on Sunday?

Comment by Neil on September 5, 2014 at 12:22am

Been a few changes in my plans along the way but that can always be expected. Was planning on doing the CHina race but due to y rotation dates I will have to change and do another Sahara race. This however is also great as it is in Jordan and one of my favourite places so yes it is not that bad a change. The challenge though is that is ia a lot sooner than I would of liked and means that I will have to have everyhting sorted this leave that I can bring back all the equipment with me. I am not going to have enough time to test all the meds and food that I would have liked to but hey will just have make do with what I have and hope it all works out.

Comment by acidrock23 on August 10, 2014 at 4:30am

I've been lazy online lately but have been getting back into running. I rode a Tour de Cure in June which was fun but, in the 6 weeks after I decided to ride it, I mostly cycled as I figured (correctly!) that practice would be helpful! I'm back at running and am signed up for the Naperville Marathon where I live in November.

I'm not sure what to say about Racing the Planet but I'll salute your achievement! Ambitious and powerful! Way to go!

Re the pump, I'll agree with Jerry that it can take some practice to find a "sweet spot" to balance carbs and insulin. I've been finding 50-70% seems to work ok and then I swill Gatorade along the way and seem to be able to stay pretty level.

I also have to kvetch because I tried to order another pair of RaceReady shorts yesterday as mine are getting a bit worn and, apparently, their website is only open when their office is open! Argh!!

Comment by Neil on August 10, 2014 at 1:40am

Racing the Planet 260 days to go.

Now that the decision has been made I find myslef starting the search for the best kit all over again. I have to remind myself that I have all the kit already. 3 days before my last Racing the Planet race I had to pull out with a torn back muscle. The kit is at home all packed and ready to go. Have been able to bet it to 11 pounds for the previous race that was 28pounds.

Okay I will have to go back and change a few things. The food will have to be replaced and that is going to be one of or the single most difficult thing to get. What do I go for to get the energy I need to run consecutive marathons without having over the moon glucose levels. Do I eat on the move or wait till night. When do I take my meds and how much should I take. A million questions and not many answers so these will have to form part of the experiment during the training.

Luckly I am on track with that part of the race. The training is not the greatest concern. Just hope that I will be able to get enough 5 hour runs in before the race. Time on the legs is the only real concern now. I have already enough weight that I am practising with and that is one of the hardest things to get use to.
I will have to bring my poles back that I can get back into a good running rythum with the poles.

Will keep log going form time to time.

Comment by Jerry Nairn on August 5, 2014 at 1:28pm

Brian,
You came in while I was offline for a while, so I'm just seeing your comment now.

It's not the pump that makes your exercise difficult. What you did with reducing your meal bolus was a good idea, but not enough.

It's surprising how often people will take their pump off thinking, "OK, now I'm not getting any insulin." Taking your pump off won't affect you for an hour. The insulin in your bloodstream is from the hours leading up until you start your run.

So you have to cut your basal insulin back at least an before the run. And don't eat a meal that requires a bolus right before starting.

Having a pump helps adjust the insulin to activity. It doesn't make it harder.

Comment by Mandark61 on August 5, 2014 at 11:44am

Hello runners! I've begun training for my second marathon but first since my diagnosis in January. So far everything is going well but at the mileage climbs so does my hunger (my BF and I lovingly refer to my hunger as the "Beast") Obvsously I have to be much more aware of my food consumption this time around so I was wondering if anyone had recomendations of diet plans they follow while training. Happpy running to all!

Comment by DEA on July 28, 2014 at 8:59am

Brian: I find that doing a run/walk interval keeps my BG from crashing hard. I've done half-marathons at a 3 minute/30 second interval, and although it does lower my BG, the rest breaks from walking seem to keep things more in line. As Mr. Candela notes, though, these are very idiosyncratic parameters we have to tweak to make things work, and experiments with yourself are about the only thing that will get you to a workable solution. I absolutely could not run back when I was on NPH insulin, but the pump has been very freeing; I can decrease basal insulin before starting, so that I don't have anything spiking as my body is getting spooled up for exercise and before I start hitting the glycogen stores for reserve fuel. Again, it's all experimentation until you find what works, just be safe, take lots of fuel with you, no matter how far you're going. Good luck!

Comment by Carlos Candela on July 28, 2014 at 5:17am

Brian, I run and I am a pump user. Couple things that currently works for me. 1. If I am going for a run, I normally try to have my sugars on the high side 170-200, specially if I am doing long runs. 2. Always carry a energy gel even if I do not planning to use it. (I have been in trouble too many times to leave it to chance) 3. If BG are higher before or during runs, I do an adjustment that could be 25-50% less that I normally do for non-running days. and 4) Keep with my running fueling plan, even if I feel I do not need to take the fuel during the run. Which some times could be very hard, since I feel good at that moment in time and there is no need for it. But the fuel is not for that given time, it is for the 20min or 40min later when the body needs it.
Keep in mind that everyone is different. For me was some trial an error and keeping a log so I can learn from it.

 

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