I set a new 10K personal record yesterday – 45:10 – shaving 1 minute and 36 seconds off my previous record set last year at the Nike Human Race.
I know I should be happy with the result, but I’m not. I thought I would do better. I had hoped to at least break 45 minutes.
I had planned to meet some of the guys from my running group at 7:45am, 45 minutes before the race started, so I set an alarm for 6:00am giving me enough time to get myself ready and avoid any blood sugar disasters. When I woke up I was surprised to see my blood sugar was 208. I had gone to sleep 113 and taken 14 units of Lantus. I didn’t eat anything. At 7:20am I checked my blood sugar again. It was 174. I didn’t understand what was going on (still don’t) but was happy to be under 200.
I got to the race area, met up with my friends and headed out for a mile and a half warm up. The weather was great and I felt fine and ready. The race itself was hard, as it should be, and I gave it my all. I’ve never liked 10K races probably because it is so hard to keep the fast pace up for such a long distance. I was hoping to do better but being only one month after the TA marathon I should be happy with the result – and I’m sure I will be in a few days (it just kind of sucks to miss your goal by 9.5 seconds).
But forgetting running for a minute (is that possible?), I am very unhappy with my blood sugar. When I got home after the race I checked my blood sugar again. I expected to be anywhere between 70 and 150. It seems like every run has a different affect on my blood sugar. I know it has to do with so many factors that it’s impossible to predict, but as a general rule running lowers blood sugar levels, at least for me. That is why I was stunned when my glucometer read 280.
I checked again and got the same result so I took 3 units of insulin (Apidra). I checked again two hours later. I was 220. Scared of over loading my body with insulin I decided to eat something (the first food of the day actually) and take 4 more units. This time it worked and two hours later I was 107.
This was the last straw. I have decided to make an appointment with an endo and ask to go on the pump. I don’t know if it will solve anything but it’s definitely worth a try.