Tonight I went for a different run. Why is it when I intend to do some casual running I always end up competing with myself? It's actually really annoying. I am finding myself a much more aggressive runner now that I have a Garmin. Information is power!!
My run tonight: I start my run going down the stairs of the escarpment. Once at the bottom it's a steady uphill climb all the way back up along the edge of the escarpment. Its not steep but it's 3km long. When I first started running this route I would only ever run it in the other direction. Long downhill run and the stairs at the end. I did it that way because I much preferred running downhill and then up the stairs instead of down the stairs and up the long hill. The first time I tried running it in the "harder" direction I couldn't make it all the way up the hill without stopping a few times. Even then, I was always totally beat after. I am proud to say that small victories pay off in spades with running. I now only run that route in the uphill direction and I never have to stop (aside from catching my breath before continuing once I finally reach the top). Tonight I felt powerful and thanks to trusty technology devices, I have the run stats.
3 km long with an elevation gain of approximately 80m. 80m sounds so piddly when it's actually written down. It converts to about 262 feet. Today, I maintained a pace of 6.40min/km up that hill. Also, my average pace was 6:20min/km overall. I'm pretty stoked about that for someone who has a hard time running fast. To top it off, I feel great. No pain, no aches.
Small victories, lead to big ones.
Distance: 8.46 km
Average pace: 6:20 min/km
Average heart rate: 166 bpm
The only downside?
Yes that's blood on the Esc. button.
I always set a 130%-140% Temp basal for at least 3 hours post exercise. THIS is why I have to set it. Nice rolling wave that indicates the before during and after the run. Quite impressive if I do say so myself. Then, WHACK!!!!!!!!!!!!! smack right in the face skyrocketing blood sugars. Now, this made me really fucking angry today because I set a 130% TBR for 3 hours and it STILL did this. I never see this kind of spike any more since I started ramping up my basals before I finished my exercise. After my run, I ate some cottage cheese and didn't bolus. There are very few carbs in cottage cheese so is that really the reason for this?
The only other thing I can think of is that it was due to the demanding high intensity run. I normally exercise at a lower intensity. Not at my max like I did this day. It must be the excess glycogen from the high intensity. In this case maybe I need another method of BG control for that kind of run.
Actually, I just came back to this post. I have a bad habit of writing full on blog posts and not publishing them until days later. So after I took this picture, you can see I had just given myself a bolus. It was an aggressive rage bolus, I won't lie. I freaked out when I saw 12.4 with double arrows up. Less than an hour later it was coming down FAST! I mean, SUPER FAST! So fast that I disconnected the pump and drank a bunch of juice. Lesson learned *bows*. Okay, hard fast runs need their own system and the system I used was RUBBISH!
small victories? Nope. but small failures - big lessons!