On my last few runs I have set the basal rate on my pump at 45% (down from 50%). Although I haven’t had any real lows lately, I have felt that this is not low enough and that I am always in danger of hypoglycemia. I have also been feeling like I am using energy gels too often in order to keep my blood sugar under control (and not to supply my body with carbohydrates).
Yesterday, I had a easy pace 8 mile run planned. The run started off fine including a blood check and a gel after 2 miles. I was running at an easy pace when after 4-5 miles I started feeling week and sluggish. I stopped to check my blood sugar. 61. (I had taken an energy gel just 2 mile earlier). I thought to myself that this may be a false reading, a result of too much sweat on my hands and decided to check again. I wiped my finger on a nearby wall to dry it off and tested.63. Not much better. (I have had a few false readings of 28 lately)
I quickly took another gel and continued running slowly. It did the trick and a few minutes later I felt fine again but I knew that that had been a close call. Any lower and I would have had to stop.
So this morning when I woke up at 3:53am to get ready for my run I decided to lower my basal rate to 40%. I got out of bed quietly, trying not to wake Jessica and Adam (who were up a large portion of the night) and went to check my blood sugar. It was 136.
A little before 5:00am, as I was about to leave my blood sugar was 115. I knew that was low to start off with, so after a mile I checked again- BS 91. I took a gel. I felt good and kept on going towards my friends, meeting them a few minutes later.
After 2-3 miles I stated to feel like I was having a hard time keeping up. Normally this would not have been surprising but they were going at my pace. We all stopped to drink at one of the water fountains and I checked my blood sugar again. It was 72. I was very surprised, not only was my blood sugar not going up, it had dropped. I took another gel and continued. I got my energy back, but 2 miles later I was only 93. I decided to not take any chances and consumed one more energy gel. I don’t think I have ever had three of those things in such a short period of time. I finished the run feeling great and strong. When I got home I checked again. This time my blood sugar was 87.
I don’t know what I should do to keep my blood sugar up during my runs. May be I should disconnect the pump and leave it at home, or maybe I need to eat real food before the run. I guess I just need to keep trying.