I would like to say that running is as important as inulin to me and my diabetes, but it isn’t. Running is a very important part of the delicate balance of my life with type 1 diabetes, but now, I’m going to have to live without it for some time.
I have been nursing an injury, a sports hernia, for a few months. I had hoped I could live with the pain and put surgery off until after the Amsterdam marathon. The surgeon I went to left the decision up to me. I decided not to rush into surgery, and leave it up to my body, or at least to my hernias.
Today, though, my hernias have informed me that it’s time to stop running. It’s not the first time they’ve informed me, but it’s the first time I’m going to listen to them. Last week I stopped running during a 15 mile run. After just 7 miles the pain was unbearable. It hurt so much I was actually dragging my left leg.
As I ran those 7 miles I realized that there was no way I was going to run a marathon, or even a half, if I didn’t take care of my sports hernias first. But being me, I decided I would go for a short run this morning. I figured I could easily run a slow 8 miles. I was wrong. This morning I started out nice and slow but after a few steps the pain in my left hip started. It wasn’t terrible, more of an ache, a soreness, a tight feeling in my hip and groin. I thought it would let up as I warmed up, but it didn’t. It actually got worse. I was happy to be out running, meeting lots of people I know, but the pain didn’t go away. After 4.5 miles I decided I’d had enough. I needed to stop running altogether.
While I can deal with not training for a marathon, I can’t deal with not running at all. Running is an essential part of my diabetes care. It keeps me insulin sensitive and helps keep my numbers down. Every time I stop running for a few days, my blood sugar starts to go crazy.
Now the problem is how do I adjust my insulin and food so my blood sugar doesn’t get totally out of control. Should I raise my basal, set a temporary basal rate of 110% or 120%, or will that just make me crash. What I usually do when I’m not on my schedule is cut out carbs entirely, but I do that for a few days. This may be months.
I have an appointment with another surgeon this week. I have no idea how long it will take to get under the knife (it’s actually laparoscopic surgery) and then once I have the surgery, it will take at least a few weeks before I can start running again.
Also, it’s probably a good idea to mention that aside from running working wonders for my blood sugar, it’s my “therapy.” Will I go crazy without it? Jess will probably let you know.