Walk of Shame

Everyone has a different definition of the walk of shame.  Mine is simple, it is finishing a run with a walk due to poor run fuel management as opposed to finishing strong.  I did it again twice this weekend.

Saturday morning was the Route 66 10K in Edwardsville IL.  My wife and I had been running the course for several weeks leading up to the race with a group of runners that met at one of our local running stores, RunWell.  Having ran the course numerous times leading up to the race I had a fairly good idea of when and how to fuel.  So when my CGM (continuous glucose monitor) by Dexcom went to question marks at the first mile I wasn’t too worried.  I took one GU energy gel at the start of the race; my sugar was running good for the start of a race 175.  At mile four I started to have issues with my blood sugar, i could feel my sugar dropping.  All of the warning signs were there.  Without my CGM functioning properly and not having a standard glucometer I had to guess where my sugar was at and finish the run.  I took one more GU and no insulin; I headed off to finish the race.  It was a run/walk to the finish, I didn’t have a full walk of shame but it felt like it.  I even visited the ambulance that was on standby to get my sugar checked.  It was 138; by this time I was feeling better and able to go out and run my wife in to finish the race.  Needless to say she had a great race and mine wasn’t so great.

Sunday afternoon I went for a three mile run.  Sugar was around 130 when I started.   Two miles in I dropped to 57.  I had to walk home.  That is the walk of shame I can’t stand.  Everyone in town knows how passionate I am about running,  Having them see me walk home can be embarrassing; especially when I have to start at one end and go clear across town to get home; 1 mile is clear across town but a lot of eyes still see you.

As experienced as I am as a runner and after having dealt with the diabetes for as long as I have it is very frustrating to have to stop a run because I misjudge what I need to do to get through a run.  I do know at this point I need to drop my basal rates in my Omnipod Insulin pump.

Some day I will learn how to deal with the walk of shame.  I’m not sure when or how but some day it will happen.

Post Author: Chris

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