When I started my weight loss regimen back in July 2008 and started exercising I found that my blood sugar would drop quickly the more cardio I would do. In layman’s terms
my words no one elses: This is because a diabetic's body doesn't know how to burn off sugar because in my case there is no Insulin being delivered to take the sugar in my blood to where its suppose to go. In a normal body it would deliver where it needs to provide energy that doesn't happen with me. However, its a well known fact in the diabeties world if you exercise your blood sugar will drop temporarily. That is how we bring down high's unless its over 240 mg then we cannot exercise we have to treat with insulin.
So, I had to eat protein bars such as Power Bars that are 240 – 250 calories a pop. As time went on and my fitness level became better and I could exercise longer I would need to also eat GU or GU blocks which are anywhere from 100 – 190 calories. I would eat to exercise which made me so mad you have no idea just how much. I would be eating the calories my 1 hour workout would burn!
I keep a spreadsheet of all my weigh-ins dated back from when I started and with the weight I keep a little column for notes. Last year when my husband and I started riding our bike over 30 miles 3 to 4 times a week I noticed weight gains. It didn't make sense to me because I am exercising so much and keeping my calories in check. Yet I knew too I have had to eat more so my blood sugar would not drop low and leave me in a bad hypoglycemic state.
Fast forward a year, my husband a few weeks ago started researching up on blood sugar and read that our bodies naturally store enough carbohydrates in the body to be able to sustain itself for a period of time. The book he was reading from was called “The Lore of Running” and it was about runners.
Apparently a marathoner will have to start consuming carbohydrates after 1 hour of running to help the body sustain its carbohydrates. So my hubby suggested that I find out from other diabetic runners that run long distance how they train. So I did, and found some very interesting things which I won't share here, but here is what I have changed.
- Those of us on insulin turn down the Insulin pump 2 to 3 hours before starting the run.
- If you haven't eaten for a while before running, eat something small like Yogurt.
- If you have run an hour and decide to continue on, start eating something (for me that would be GU)
- Keep blood sugar supplies with you at all times (already did this).
The scariest thing doing this for the first time was trusting my body. Trusting that I wouldn't go into a hypoglycemic state. Every 15 minutes I'd stop and check my blood sugar and each case I was good, usually I'd like to eat something below 75 mg, but I trusted that my body would have enough in storage to keep me going. I knew I wouldn't run over an hour, so I should be fine.
Well, I was at mile 2.25 and my blood sugar was 75 mg, when I got home it was 102 mg. Ever since that day I have been able to cut out all that added calories. That makes me so happy!
This being said and if your a diabetic remember I am not a doctor or a medical professional! I am just a blogger trying to find my own way in this life as a diabetic runner. So, seek the professional advise of your doctor before trying to change anything!
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