Last Sunday I participated in the Durham Bull City Race Fest in honor of my nephew, Josh, who passed away in June. My sister, Josh’s Mommy, organized a team of over 80 people to participate in this event – from the one mile fun run to the half marathon! She is amazing and has raised over $6000 for SIDS research! It was a great weekend, full of love.
I decided to participate in the 5 mile distance. Myself and a few others on “Team Josh” were going to walk and I admit, I trained for this event for about 10 minutes. I think I’ve gone running (shuffling) maaaaybe 3 times since we’ve moved here a year and a half ago? Boxing is my favorite exercise, but I’ve been a complete bum in that department as well. Oooops.
Of course since I didn’t train, diabetes decided to be a butthead. I woke up around 200 and had a bagel for breakfast. I bolused about 70% of what I’d bolus normally. I wanted to come down a smidge but I still wanted to stay around 170-200 because I knew this was going to be physically challenging and personally, I like to run a tad high when I exercise to prevent drastic drops.
Oy. I ate two glucose tabs and figured I’d hopefully level out. I’d be very pleased if I stayed around 160 for the whole 5 miles.
Of course, diabetes rarely plays nice when you want it to. Throughout the whole race I had at least a southeast arrow. I was popping glucose tabs every 2 miles or so (along with texting my husband such ladylike things as “My BG is being an asshole”, I am the epitome of class, friends), took Gatorade when it was offered, set my pump to only give me 10% of my insulin, and still finished the race at 78. I suppose this could be considered a victory because I never really dropped, was just slowly going down. However, it caused me to panic and I couldn’t really enjoy myself and take in the race.
BUT, I did it, there wasn’t a catastrophe, and it was nice to be a part of Team Josh. I think about him often and miss him so much.
However, the next time I decide to do 5 miles, I’ll do one of two things: I will either actually train for it so I can remember how my BG reacts and can properly prepare, or I will eat a giant cupcake right before the race.