Stepping Up My Fitness

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I really love what running is doing to my body.  Since I started running I’ve lost 25 lbs.  My sugar is much better,  My A1C is in the normal range and I’m off Metformin, a drug for diabetes.

I have joined a local running club.  I went to a track workout last night.  That workout really kicked my butt.  I ran three miles.  But I really picked up my speed.  The first three laps I ran with the leaders of the group.

Which was fun.  But probably a bit of a mistake, too.  I ran an 8 minute mile pace for about six minutes before I felt my pace start to flag.  It was exhilarating to run that fast.  I usually average a 12 minute mile.  It might have been a slight mistake though because my legs felt so heavy for the rest of my run.  It’s a good experience for my first 5K race, which I think will be happening in the next few weeks.

Don’t start too fast.

And run your own pace.

Still, it was a great workout.  I felt it this morning.  But today I’m having a new problem.  I seem to be having a low sugar day.  My fasting sugar this morning was 69.  I tend to average somewhere between mid 70’s and mid 80’s.  So this was a little lower.

Three hours after breakfast my sugar was 72.  I’m used to it being around 120 -130 at this point.

Two hours after lunch it was 85.  That’s definitely on the low side.  Half hour later it had dropped to 78.  I haven’t been active today to cause my sugar to be like this.  It’s worrying because I know over the coming weeks and months I’m going to be running further and probably faster.  I’m going to have to watch I don’t have any sugar crashes while I’m running.  We’re also planning on going to the gym later so I have to worry that my sugar might crash while I’m working out.

I know I pushed myself hard last night, but Sunday I ran 4.5 miles and my sugar was fine the day after that.  This is a new situation for me.  I test every morning anyway, but I’m going to monitor my sugar carefully over the next week or so.  Saturday I’m running a three mile fun run with my new running group.

At least I have GC Control to stabilize my sugar.  I’ve always used it to lower my sugar when it’s high.  Now I’m going to be using it to normalize my sugar when it’s on the low side.  That’s what GC Control is meant to do.  Stabilize your sugar level.  This is a new way to use it.

Does anyone have any advice on how to manage sugar levels and prevent crashes when running or working out?

4 thoughts on “Stepping Up My Fitness

    1. Thank you for your comment. I didn’t start running right away. Google Couch To 5K. It’s a program designed to help you ease into a running routine. It seems to work for a lot of people. Running is an amazing exercise.

    2. Hi Madeline – sorry to crash your conversation. The Couch to 5km is great, I’ve done that in the past but when I started running this time round I struggled for some reason (I’ve been a stop start runner – mostly stopped and hadn’t run for over 2 years and before that I’d run solidly for a year and not at all for probably 10 years before that) – I tried the Jeff Galloway run/walk method which works for me (google it) and I am currently running for 3 minutes and walking for 30 seconds but I started with just 15 seconds of running and walking the rest of each minute. Again if you google it you should find all the info you need.

  1. No advice from me either as I am not diabetic but I just wanted to give you a big ‘Well Done’ shout out for the running – so very impressive- and I am sure you will figure this out!

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