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.
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