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Comment by Brian on October 9, 2013 at 6:51pm

Things I love about October.
1. I'm in the best shape of the year.
2. It's race season.
3. When breathe in I feel like can take in twice as much oxygen.
4. I feel good
5. I sleep well
6. I eat well
7. I run fast!
8. Fall colors, Hoodies, Halloween & creepy stuff :)

Hopefully, I keep running consistently through the winter months...I tend to slack off until spring then it all starts again.

Comment by Brian on October 8, 2013 at 2:49pm

hey all if you get a chance check out the blog that I've been working for Run.com. The main blog site is http://blog.run.com There are also blog sites for each store on the site under the Stores menu ex. http://blog.run.com/new-york-running-company/

Comment by wayna on October 7, 2013 at 1:36pm

Chrissy, good job on the running. Type 2 here as well I fight with the munchies as well after a long run.. I try to keep the carbs on the clean side. Meaning if it comes from a box I try not to eat it.. it is working working on this for the last serval months. I can say that the candybar I would have reached for now my body is liking the protien shake or somthing healthy to eat. you will lose the weight keep the running up you will make it to the half and then to a full.

Comment by Brian on October 7, 2013 at 9:42am

I've been running with a water bottle which I usually hold in my right hand. In the past, this has been fine but lately I'm getting some shoulder/neck pain. I'm guessing it's from holding the water bottle on runs. I'm not a fan of wearing a pack or waist belt but I may have to find an alternative. Anyone else have this problem? Suggestions?

Comment by Joe_h on October 7, 2013 at 7:21am

hi chrissy congrats on taking control of your sugars and good luck on your 5k this weekend. 5 miles in an hour is a great job. my advice would be to find a training plan that works for you and follow it. couch to 5ks are good, runnersworld.com has some i'm sure and so do halhigdon.com. find a race you want to train for set a goal then follow the plan to get you there.

post race - I would try to avoid the Gatorade/bagels ect unless your glucose meter tells you are too low. but you can find low carb substitutes for food that tastes good - powerade zero has no carbs, Michelob ultra is a lower carb beer. I like something with lots of protein after a race to help my legs recover quicker like muscle milke LITE which is lower in carbs.

Comment by JiMMy on October 3, 2013 at 2:11am

I've had to give up wearing my G4 sensor for my Dexcom this summer. I'm a heavy sweating person when I run. I've tried IV prep and similar products. Tape. Etc.... but 2 out of 3 times the sensor falls out by the time I'm hitting miles 5 to 7. Thankfully I've felt or witnessed it falling. So I've not lost my sensor yet. But with training for the Twin Cities Marathon I've just decided to suspend using it till mid October. I don't have the same issue with my inset for my pump. I've always thought the Dexcom needs to upgrade what they use to be more aggressive.

Comment by illinoisrunner on September 24, 2013 at 6:08am

Thanks. I suppose I am doing ok but, listening to some of you on this thread makes me believe I can do better. Let me clarify that when I typically eat something as I am getting dressed for a run and leave a few minutes after I do not bolus. I usually wake up check my BG if it less than 150 I eat something and do not bolus. I know it spikes me for a few but when I am back from my runs it is usually ok. I am going to start checking more often and see where I stand. I have a 12 miler this weekend so I can at least practice a little more. Thanks everyone.

Comment by Jerry Nairn on September 23, 2013 at 7:06pm



My Dexcom sometimes gives me some trouble on long runs. This is less likely to happen if you put it in a baggie. I think that's often a source of trouble as a little moisture gets into the port.

As Bill King wrote about earlier in this thread, there can also be problems caused by a little moisture getting between the sensor and the transmitter. Twice in the past three weeks I've had my Dexcom stop giving readings, then I pressed down hard on the transmitter for a while, and within a mile it was showing reasonable numbers again.


I'm glad you're daring to wear your pump on race day.

I'm not sure you've ever expressed that you understand about meal boluses before a long run. Eating well three hours before your start rather than as you leave the house, and more importantly bolusing more than 3 hours before, would make a big difference in the insulin in your system at the start of your run.

If your blood sugar is dropping in the first hour of your run, it's not because you're wearing your pump. It's because of insulin that was already in your body at the start.

Concerning the desire to have a sandwich, I think it could totally work. There's just no more time to experiment before race day, so think about it for your next marathon. :-)

We didn't always have gels and gatorade, and they're not a requirement. Many excellent performance are achieved with cookies, gummi bears, pbjs, orange juice, defizzed coke, koolaid...

I ran a good, hilly 14.5 yesterday, and felt really great. Beautiful weather here. I'm looking forward to little 10 mile race on October 5. It will be fun to do a race I've done enough training for.

Good luck at the races!

Comment by illinoisrunner on September 23, 2013 at 5:14pm

Thanks for sharing. At home I had only kept my pump on twice after chatting with you all and I had not so great experiences with that. I stick with that 20/20 rule with fuel intake and it seems to work with me without the pump. What you just reminded me makes sense though about insulin helping to control that fuel. During the 20 I felt like I was running out of energy at about 16 miles. I did not check my BG though. I kept fueling and that probably was a mistake. I also took a couple dixie cups of Gatorade which I have learned should not be mixed with GU gels.... Too much sugar at once. Now at the end of 18 I started getting under control and focused and kept up and finished fairly strong and once it was over I actually felt good. Once I ate something real I felt great.
I am a little worried now for chicago as I am out of the "LONG" runs to practice. I guess for Chicago I will wear my pump and decrease my basal to 10% and check my BG a couple times and see how it goes. I just want to finish.
I have to say though even with that 20/20 rule I feel like I am eating too often. Sometimes I feel maybe in the middle of a long run I'd be better to pack a half sandwich :) in my belt bag. I didn't see many others fueling like I was yesterday. Does my size have as much to do with this? 6ft1 ish 215lb. I literally feel hungry after about 12 miles. This is tough. I have read for normal folks eat a carb rich breakfast 3 hours before the race. I have typically eaten a cliff bar and a banana as I walk out the door from home on training runs. This journey is awesome I just need to finish figuring it out for myself. Thanks everyone.

Comment by acidrock23 on September 23, 2013 at 4:18pm

Thanks for the report illinoisrunner. What made you ditch your pump? Try to pick a race pace and run at it. I suck at doing running math or keeping track of my pace from the timers on the course but I have a Garmin although, perhaps oddly, I had a great marathon in 2012 when I forgot it. You can make up for lost energy with fuel if you have insulin to process it. I remember from my initial diabetes education that someone mentioned insulin is the key to allow cells to convert sugar into energy so it makes sense to have some along. 3 or 4 hours is a long time to tough it out and the last miles can be brutal. Another thing to consider in Chicago is that the streets there are mostly concrete which is a different ride than we get on the happy trails in the suburbs. All of that will make the last 6 miles harder than you might think. I got a breeze of energy about 20, as I saw my family and my daughter and her friend ran a block or so with me (in Converse and Uggs, eeek...) but the end is still hard. No insulin makes it a lot harder I think, which might be recounted somewhere back in 2011, when I had a set pull out and then pump failure on the 070211 run.


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