Couch to 5K Challenge Day 25: Knowing When to Stop


For a person with type 1 diabetes, saying that a successful jog requires adequate preparation is an understatement. I can’t just strap on my running shoes and head out the door:  I need to make sure that I’m hydrated and that I have enough insulin in my system to function but not so much that my blood sugar drops too fast. Thankfully, my pump does most of the math for me.

Sometimes I simply forget to prepare. I don’t decrease my basal rate far enough ahead. I don’t hydrate myself. I don’t charge my iPod. (I still can’t jog without a timer.) It’s frustrating when I either can’t jog or have to cut a jog short because I wasn’t paying attention.

That’s what happened last Tuesday.

But even more frustrating are the days when my body doesn’t cooperate with me. The days when my blood sugar drops drastically just before I planned on jogging, and by the time I’ve gotten it back up I have a pounding headache and feel mildly nauseated, so I end up watching TV instead because I feel sick and cranky.

That’s what happened last Sunday.

Since I am human, days like Tuesday will happen. Sometimes, my brain shuts off.

And days like Sunday will happen too. When my body tells me it’s time to stop, I need to listen.

[Thursday’s] Jog

Pre-workout blood sugar: 202 mg/dl

The workout: 5 minutes warm-up. 28 minutes jogging. 5 minutes cool down. No more walking intervals!

Post-workout blood sugar: 176 mg/dl


Couch to 5K Challenge Days 22, 23, and 24: No Reason to Feel Guilty


I am a highly driven,task-oriented  perfectionist. I set goals and make plans and create to-do lists. I get things done.

But I never seem to do things well enough to please myself. I could always do them better.

In some ways, I think my attention to detail and my drive to finish what I start are some of my best qualities. The world needs at least a few picky people: we’re the ones who proofread, who make sure a patient gets the correct dosage of some highly potent medicine, who check and check and check again to make sure an airplane is safe.

But as anyone who has ever been a perfectionist, parented a perfectionist, dated a perfectionist, or waved hello to a perfectionist on a sidewalk well knows, people like me need to chill.

Perfectionists sometimes find themselves in a fog of guilt that obscures their vision, making it hard to see their real failures or (more often) their real accomplishments. I don’t think all guilt is bad: sometimes, I should feel guilty. In those cases, it’s what I do with those feelings of guilt that’s the key.

But as I went jogging on Sunday, I reminded myself that there is no need for me to feel guilty about how often I jog. I’ve managed to stretch this 10 week program into something more like a 13 or 14 week program. The perfectionist in me doesn’t like that. The perfectionist in me doesn’t like the number of days I’ve missed and the fact that I’ve had to repeat some workouts. The perfectionist in me wants to stick to the plan, and the plan says 3 days a week for 10 weeks.

As I went jogging on Sunday, I gave the perfectionist in me a little talk. Remember, Self, the time when you couldn’t jog a full lap around the track? Remember when jogging for five minutes gave you stitches up your side and left you out of breath? Well, last Sunday, you jogged for a solid 25 minutes and you felt great. There’s no reason to feel guilty about that, even if you couldn’t go jogging on Tuesday this week.

No reason to feel guilty at all.

[Tuesday’s] Workout

Pre-workout blood sugar: 244 mg/dl

The workout: 5 minutes warm-up. 25 minutes jogging. 5 minutes cool-down.

Post-workout blood sugar: 220 mg/dl

[Thursday’s] Workout

Pre-workout blood sugar: 290 mg/dl

The workout: same as Tuesday’s

Post-workout blood sugar: 150

[Sunday’s] Workout

Pre-workout blood sugar: 85

The workout: ditto

Post-workout blood sugar: 197

Couch to 5K Challenge Days 19, 20, and 21: This post is not an excuse…


…it’s more like an update.

The past two weeks have consisted of moving everything out of my office

My office as I was packing it up

It was like packing up the last two years of my life.

and my dorm room

My dorm room, half packed

Just looking at the picture makes me stressed.

My stuff packed up and waiting in the hallway to be moved

This was just the first carload of stuff. I had three carloads total.

and moving all of it into a new dorm room


My room for the next three months.

My room for the next three months.

My graduate assistantship ended on May 3rd. I still have a semester left of graduate school, but since I will be student teaching in the fall, and since it’s physically impossible to student teach and meet the obligations of a GAship at the same time without cloning yourself, I’m just a student now.

This week  I started a my new summer job proofreading, moved into my new dorm room, and met my new roommate, who has been forcefeeding me delicious homemade Chinese food.

I’ve also transformed into something of an introvert as I’m still recovering from the semester. I don’t anticipate I’ll be blogging much for the next month, since I’m pouring all of my social energy into wedding planning. But I have completed a full week of Couch to 5k. Finally.

[Tuesday’s] Workout

Pre-workout blood sugar: 130 mg/dl

The workout: 5 minute warm up. 5 minutes jogging, 3 minutes walking, 8 minutes jogging, 3 minutes walking, 5 minutes jogging. 5 minute cool down.

Post-workout blood sugar: 188 mg/dl

[Thursday’s] Workout

Pre-workout blood sugar: 116 mg/dl

The workout: 5 minute work up. 8 minutes jogging, 3 minute walking, 10 minutes jogging, 3 minutes walking, 8 minutes jogging. 5 minute cool down.

Post-workout blood sugar: 128 mg/dl

[Sunday’s] Workout

Pre-workout blood sugar; 156 mg/dl

The workout: 5 minute warm up. 25 minutes jogging. 5 minutes cool down.

Post-workout blood sugar: 74 mg/dl





Couch to 5K Day 18: Back (on the) Track


When I began this jogging challenge, I mistakenly believed that rewarding myself with stuff for meeting short term goals would increase my motivation. My idea was to use things I would only use while exercising–things like new exercise clothes or new earbuds–as special treats to keep me jogging. Meet the goal, get the treat. Makes sense, right?

The only problem is it doesn’t work.

The knowledge that I will get something doesn’t motivate me. Having already gotten something,however, does motivate me. I know I’m getting all crazy with verb tenses here, but think about it a little bit. I don’t know about you, but when I buy something I want to use it. You know what got me back on the track after a grad-school-project-induced hiatus? Buying myself an armband for my iPod. Part of what motivated me to go jogging on Tuesday was a desire to finish what I had started and a desire to jog for the sake of jogging. But I also wanted to use my cool new armband.

Aduro U-Band Sport Armband


So I guess I’ve learned that if I want to get things done, I should buy myself more stuff?

[Tuesday’s] Workout

Pre-workout blood sugar: 225 mg/dl

The workout: Since I took some time off from steady jogging to focus on projects, I lost some of my progress. I went back to week 6 of the program so I can work myself back up to jogging for a solid 20 minutes. 5 minutes of warm up. 5 minutes jogging, 3 minutes walking, 8 minutes jogging, 3 minutes walking, 5 minutes jogging. 5 minute cool down. 34 minutes total.

Post-workout blood sugar: 123 mg/dl


About the whole jogging thing….


I only have two weeks left of classes, and I am drowning in over due projects and end-of-the-semester grading. My exercise routine has remained semi-consistent (read: once or twice a week), a major accomplishment for a former couch potato like myself. But blogging? Not happening. At least until my over due Continuing Digital Portfolio is submitted.

And so, dear readers, I submit this Wordle word cloud of my blog for your visual enjoyment in the interim.

Wordle: The Clumsy Juggler

Couch to 5K Challenge Day 17: Crunch Time


It’s “that” time of the semester, the time dreaded by teachers and students a like: the time when EVERYTHING COMES DUE. As both a graduate student and a teaching assistant, I get the joy of both producing these end-of-the-semester, crunch-time projects and grading them

I won’t bore you with my to-do list. But have you ever wondered why all teachers schedule major class projects at the end of the semester? I have. Have you ever had a to-do list longer than your arm but simply didn’t care because all you wanted to do was frolic in the sunshine and plan your wedding? I have.

Just 4 more weeks until the end of the semester. My willpower can get me through 4 more weeks, right? 

Today’s Workout

Pre-workout blood sugar: 115 mg/dl

The workout: 5 minute warm-up walk. 10 minutes jogging, 3 minutes walking, 10 minutes jogging. 5 minute cool-down walk.

Post-workout blood sugar: 107 mg/dl  (Thank you, Gatorade.)

Couch to 5K Challenge Day 16: Countdown


29 days until the end of the semester

128 days until I get married

252 days until I graduate from grad school

…and, halfway through my challenge! I began Week 6 of the 10 week program yesterday. I got a little off track  last week (trust me, I have a good excuse), but I’m more determined than ever to finish this program.

[Tuesday’s] Workout

Pre-workout blood sugar: 189 mg/dl

The workout: 5 minute warm up walk. Jog for 5 minutes, walk for 3 minutes, jog for 8 minutes, walk for 3 minutes, jog for 5 minutes. 5 minute cool down.

Post-workout blood sugar: 112 mg/dl