Day 94 – Eggs-actly 9 miles

4 04 2010

Somewhere between the early morning Easter egg hunt and an early dinner with friends I ran my 9 miles today. I have looked forward to this milestone — getting back to where I was in October when I did the 9-mile leg of the Denver Marathon relay. I knew I could go this distance, but not without working back up to it.

From here – it feels mostly uphill to the half marathon. Longer distances than I’ve ever run before for six weeks. The first 4 miles today were frustrating with that on my mind. A sunny day, but a strong wind chilling my legs in shorts… a runny nose still lingering, and sluggish from eating vacation food all week.

Mid-morning is a tough time for me to run. I turned down my insulin pump and tried to eat Cliff shot gummies to restore my sinking blood sugar – ewww – not what I could stomach. The consistency of gummy bears without the right taste even though they sold it as wild cherry flavor.

Glucose tablets are much easier to swallow and got the job done. With quick sugar on board, the last 5 miles felt great — warmer and mentally better knowing the bulk of the run was over and that I could do it with energy left — and just time enough to cook my contribution to Easter dinner.

The highlight of the run was definitely the spring flowers popping up among the brown landscape. A few daffodils and red tulips along my route — and yellow crocuses finally making their appearance in my front yard! Easter signs of spring and warmer miles to come.


Day 66 – The great 8

7 03 2010

Eight miles today in spring-like weather alternating between the pavement and the park trail to cushion the miles. Refueling with some glucose tablets when my blood sugar started to drop below 70, I was recharged enough for the last 1.3 miles.

A long run is so much easier on the weekends. No matter what else is on the to-do list, there is just more flexibility to fit it in when you feel like running. Or today, when I waited until afternoon for a strange morning fog to lift.

On weekdays, the new Thursday long runs just have to fit in the three-hour window of time I have while Zach is at school — with time left to work a bit, re-hydrate, shower and walk over to the school. So back to that weekday grind tomorrow — with a fourth run added into my half-marathon training plan this week. Now it’s 2 miles Tuesday, longer run Thursday (6 miles this week), 2 mile recovery run Friday and then Sunday’s long run (8 miles again). The recovery run is supposed to help build your endurance — running when your muscles are tired from the previous day.

I’m psyching myself up for this and happy with my new songs on my iPod Shuffle. Little surprises to get me into a new groove.

Day 2 – Why am I doing this?

2 01 2010

So my second day (01-02-2010, which I learned is called a palindrome – the same backwards and forwards) turned out to be a sunny Saturday perfect for running IF you are a winter runner and don’t mind some slushy sidewalks and wet socks. That is not me, but that’s why I am doing this. And that question came up often among the three people so far who know about my plan…”why ARE you doing this?”

My title, “365 Days Running,” begged my husband’s question about whether I could physically run for 365 days. No, no, everyone (all three of you)… it’s a play on words. 365 days running – like 365 days straight – in a row. I will do other things like bike, aerobics, swim (not ’til summer), etc. Oh, and pilates, which I signed up for on Fridays at the Rec Center. 

Blog titles have to be catchy, right? And so many others are taken. Leading me to the point that this is not really that original. But I have never done it, so I think I am just doing this for me – not really an imaginary group of readers. I will figure out what this is all about as I go… Two days ago, I thought it would be more about running with diabetes – like how yesterday (my first run in nearly two months) saw blood sugar highs above 300 and a low of 44 (almost as low as the January temp!).

This is the complex part of getting back in synch with a running routine and making adjustments for what you eat, how much you exercise, and how much insulin you are pumping into your body throughout the day. When I am training for a race, I figure out the patterns. But when I’m more of a casual runner, it’s a constant roller coaster with inconsistent days.

So doing similar activity every day should leave me in a better place – and that would make for a very boring blog about diabetes. Instead, I decided during today’s 3-mile run for 32:30 minutes that diabetes will just be one of the topics I address…one of the hurdles I jump over in addition to kids, work, and other things every mom who wants to exercise runs into.

And starting tomorrow, I resolve not to blog about blogging!