Running Outdoor Hills

Race pace

  • 8:50 am, BG: 140, Set temp target (Lower basal rate)
  • 9:19 am, BG: 128, Start running
  • 9:54 am, BG: 135, Finish running, End temp target (Lower basal rate)
  • 10:30 am, BG: 153, 30 Minutes Post Workout 

On today’s training plan I had an 6 mile easy run but this morning was the last race of my running club’s winter series of races so I couldn’t pass that up. The race is a staggered start, meaning everyone starts the race at a different time (based on their average pace from all of the other races in the series) and everyone finishes at roughly the same time. Basically, the slower you are, the more of a head start you get. I went to the race with my dad and today he got to start about 6 minutes before me so instead of running together, my objective was to catch him on the course.

The race itself was 4.6 miles and hilly. The weather was cold but sunny, a beautiful day to be in the park. So my competitive side came out this morning and I blasted up the first few hills. My calves were burning from the marathon last week but I was determined to catch up to my dad. I knew that I had some serious time to make up on a short course and I knew he was out there probably giving it everything he had so I wouldn’t catch him. We’ve done this race many years together and sometimes I get the head start, and sometimes he does. We also go back and forth as to whether the person in front gets caught or not. Knowing I was sore from last week, I didn’t honestly expect to feel good or come close to catching him but for some reason, despite my calves being on fire, I felt great and caught him roughly a mile from the finish line. I honestly love finishing first because it means I get to either run my dad into the finish, like he did for me for years, or I get to be at the finish and cheer him on as he crosses the line (which I did today)! These winter series races hold a special place in my heart and it’s completely because of my dad.

My BGs were a little higher than I like them but pretty steady throughout. No food needed for fuel, the dawn phenomenon and adrenaline* worked just fine on their own today. I did a small correction after the race to bring them back down to my target range.

* When I race, especially short races or ones I’m nervous about, I notice that I normally don’t need as much fuel to keep BGs in range as I would if I were running the same distance at an easy/relaxed pace.

The content on this site is not intended to be medical advice. Always consult your doctor before beginning a fitness regimen or adjusting your diabetes management strategy.

Published by Jenny Nat


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