running partner needed_-Wake Forest, NC

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I am new to running, but would love to pair up with another diabetic runner to do short distance running. My goal would be to train for a 5K- and then who knows. But like I said- I am new to running and still learning about the sport. I would mostly be available on the weekends- because I work full time- and I am a mommy of 2 kids. Let me know if anyone out there is interested. Thanks.
Posted about 9 years ago
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Good luck! I'm out in California, but love running. I started with a 5K and just finished my second half marathon this year! It can become addicting! And so great for blood sugars. Just watch out for those lows that can happen during exercise!
Best of luck!
~Laura
Posted about 9 years ago
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Laura,
Do you have any good advice for me? Do you run with your meter, and how do you control your lows on a run? I have thought about carrying the gels, or just taking jolly ranchers along with me. Any tips would be much appreciated! Thanks so much!
Jill
Posted about 9 years ago
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Hi Jill,
I have a running pack that I love. I run with life savers, a glucose gel, and if I'm doing a long run, "gu." (It's made for long periods of exercise, you can buy it at a sporting goods store.) I can fit my meter in it, but to be honest, I never check while I'm running. When I've taken it with me it just ends up bugging me because it's so heavy in my running pack. I've used a cgm off and on, and I have to say it's usefull during a long run to see what my bs is doing, but the site has also fallen off a bunch of times becasue of my sweat. (I kind of have a love-hate relationship with my cgm. But if it's working well and doesn't fall off during a run, I do like it.)

My running pack is just a simple pack that is kind of like a "fanny pack" but made for running. It's small and sits on my lower back and it's comfortable. (It's actually kind of nice because I attach my pump to it and can "tighten" it so that my pump isn't flapping around.) I sometimes will put my cell phone in there if I'm going for a long run. (My husband likes me to have my phone with me, he worries more than me sometimes.)

Does that help? I always check my bs before I leave, sometimes half an hour before and then again right before I'm going to leave just to be sure my bs isn't dropping. Then of course again when I get home to see how the run affected it. Just watch for lows hours later. I swear a good run can help lower my bs for 24 hours. Are you on a pump? I also will sometimes lower my basal before a run.

Okay, that's a lot of rambeling. Let me know if you have any other questions! You should register for a 5K!
Best,
Laura
Posted about 9 years ago
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Thanks so much for all the advice. I am on a pump, and since I have only done the treadmill, or a very short neighborhood run- I usually just disconnect. Lately though, I have been trying to wear it while I run- so I can get use to it being on my body. I do not currently have a continuous monitor. I just have opted not having one, but now that I am trying to step things up a notch, I may look back into it.

I definately am going to have to visit a sports store to get a nice running pack. I also need to get a sports medical ID band. If I am in the neighborhood- most of my neighbors know that I am diabetic and could help me if needed. Hopefully, that would never happen. I just want to be prepared when I am running outside of the neighborhood. I like the life savers idea- I always carry them in my purse.

Well, I will get all the items you recommended, and hopefully I will be posting a message in the next few months that I completed a 5k!

Thanks so much! Have a good evening!
Posted about 9 years ago
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Jill,
We'll have to meet at a 5k sometime; I'm in Laurel Springs, NC but travel often for races and am going to run the Tarheel 10 Miler in Chapel Hill on April 10. Do you have your eye on a certain race this year? I just got back into running about a year ago and have loved the results; I've lost 39 pounds and have gotten my blood sugars under much better control.
Have you tried Cliff Bar's gel shots? They're yummy, easy to take with you, and don't upset my stomach the way Gu can sometimes. I'm like California Laura :) in that I don't check my blood sugar while running. I spent last year training for my first half-marathon and realized that I didn't want to have to check mid-run if I could help it. However, I do have one of the small One Touch Ultra Mini Meters that I carry with me for a long run of 10 miles or more.
I frequently lower my basal about an hour before a run. I find it's all trial and error, although I often experience lows for a long time after a run. Sometimes I take my pump off; sometimes I leave it on with the reduced basal rate, sometimes I don't change anything. I factor in my blood sugar, how far I'm going, and what I've eaten. I wish I had something more helpful to say; my diabetes educator is a big advocate of not feeling like you have to do the same thing every time as we all know that our bodies don't respond to diabetes the same way all the time!
Let me know what 5k you sign up for; I'd love to meet you!

Take care,
Laura (in NC!)
Posted about 9 years ago
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I forgot to mention the RoadID if you haven't already gotten an id bracelet; I love that you can add whatever you want on the label so it can be your medical info, your husband's phone number, and an inspirational phrase!

http://www.roadid.com/Common/default.aspx
Posted about 9 years ago
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Hey Laura-from NC,

Sorry it has taken so long for me to reply. I just ran my first 5K in March, and I did pretty well(for a newbie!) I did get a Road ID band like you suggested, and I just signed up for my next 5k for May 8th in Wake Forest. If you are interested, I can get you some info on it. Are you coming to the Weekend conference? I am going to attend and would love to meet you.
I am definately going to take your advice on the Cliff Bar. I need to try it, because Gu is definately not the best tasting stuff. I tried it on a short run once, and it was tolerable, but not the best.
Thanks for all of your advice!!! I really appreciate it. Hope to meet you soon?

Take care.
Jill

PS. Congrats on the Wt. Loss!!! I lost 20 lbs last year myself by doing Wt. Watchers. Keep up the great work!
Posted about 9 years ago
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I wish I could make the May 8 5k but I'm on duty for work that weekend. My husband and I are running in the Susan Komen Race for the Cure 5k in Winston next Saturday; I'm excited as there are usually close to 10,000 runners/walkers there...I love the energy and it's inspirational seeing so many breast cancer survivors leading the way.
I have a funny story from the Tarheel 10 Miler a few weekends ago: my blood sugar was 165 when we parked the car. By the time we walked to the starting line 20 minutes later, it was 222. Thank you, adrenaline! I decided to bolus a little as I hate starting a race over 200 so I did that and had a little gatorade around mile 8. When I finished the race, I had a little more gatorade and then checked; it was 157 at that point. I'm constantly surprised by readings after training runs versus races; you would think after 10 miles I'd be below 100 but not so! Ah, the adventures and challenges of exercise and diabetes. :)
I'll be at the conference in May so I look forward to meeting you!

Take care,
Laura
Posted about 9 years ago
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Hi Laura and Jill!

It's good to find fellow diabetic runners on this forum. I just found the DiabetesSisters website today, through another contact, and I'm really excited about it!

I was immediately drawn to your conversation b/c I run and blog about running - as an over-40, diabetic (newbie) runner. :)

I was diagnosed T2 in 2006, at 39 y/o, and don't have a pump, but take lots of meds every day. I started running about 18 months ago, with a few fits/starts, but finally started training last Aug (09). I've run a handful of 5Ks, two 10Ks, and most recently, my first half marathon (Disney Princess Half, here in Orlando). What an awesome experience, but definitely a challenge as a diabetic runner. I started blogging about running last summer, when I decided to get (a little more) serious about it. ;)

Could really relate to many of your comments re: safety and sugar levels. Here's my 411:
I found three things for my long runs: Clif Bar Luna Moons http://www.trisports.com/moons.html (I call them my running gummies),mini whole wheat bagel w/ a little PB, and a 1/2 & 1/2 mix of water and Gatorade. The Luna Moons taste good, melt easily, and are low enough in carbs to not spike your BG level too much. Also, they're made w/ organic sugar.

I totally agree about the RoadID. I never run w/out it! EVER! My husband's always worried, too, so I carry my BlackBerry - either in my spibelt (low on my back) or in my armmpocket (my latest new gear: awesome and will fit a monitor). www.armpocket.com

My BG starts to drop about an hour into my long runs. I don't use a pump and don't carry my monitor, but I can tell by the way I'm feeling. Also, I noticed my salt levels drop - sweating a lot and needing to replenish. After my first 10K, I actually had a heat stroke and learned that I can't take my BP med before a long run; it drops my pressure too low on the long runs.

Unfortunately, the conference is already sold out, or I'd be heading to it in a few weeks. Bummer. :( But I'm hoping to catch up w/ you gals online... through this thread or my blog: http://www.RunningCirclesAroundtheTurtles.com Have got lots of readers who are busy moms and many are working on dropping weight (who isn't, ha ha!)... so it's a nice mix of readers/runners - at all paces. I personally am a VERY slow runner... more interested in endurance than speed. :)

Anyway, just wanted to say hello from Orlando!

Have a great day!

Robin

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Posted about 9 years ago