I ran 17.5 miles this morning. I set off at 6:00am and met up with some of the runners from my training group about 4miles into the run. All three of them are much faster than I am. (They run marathons at 3:10-3:30.) I ran 6 miles with them until I felt I couldn’t keep up.
I continued to run at a faster pace than I had planned and finished the distance in 2 hour and 26 minutes. I was very happy when I finished the run and my blood sugar was perfect – 113.
But the day did not start off that way. When I got up at 5:00am to get ready for my run, my blood sugar was a surprisingly high 253. I decided I was running anyway and I took my first gel 15 minutes later.
I’d been surprised to see my BS that high because I had taken more insulin the night before than I’d taken in a long time. Dinner was pretty standard and included chicken (in tomato sauce), quinoa, salad and some greens. I took 7 units of insulin to cover the relatively large portion of quinoa I ate. (I was carb loading for my run.) Two hours after dinner my blood sugar was 250. (I started 93.) I decided to take 2 more units of Apidra and hoped that my blood sugar would go down without dropping low.
At 11:30pm, 2 hours after taking my second injection of Apidra, I checked my blood sugar again. It was 270! I couldn’t believe it. I had eaten a small portion of sugar free ice cream (sometimes even cavemen crave sweets!), but with all the insulin I thought I would be fine. I guess that’s what I get for breaking my Paleo diet for a chemically sweetened dairy snack. So I took two more units of insulin and set an alarm for 1:30am.
At 1:30am, like a robot, I sat up, checked my blood sugar and could not believe what it was 255. I had injected myself four times that evening (including my Lantus) and ended up with 255! Too tired and sick of injecting, I went back to sleep without taking a correction bolus, and hoped things would be better in the morning.
What bothered me more than the unexplainable high was the fact that I had poked and punctured myself so many times in the process of trying to get my blood sugar down.
As usual, I had running to fall back on. So if you ever find yourself in a similar situation consider running 17.5 miles. If it doesn’t make you feel great at least it will lower your blood sugar.