Cross Country

Sooo…. About three weeks ago I started high school! Yay!

And high school means sports. And sports to me means cross country. Which I really didn’t want to do, but my parents made me. And it turns out to be pretty fun. The people are nice, not to mention supportive. There’s just one little snag.

Usually I am opposite of most people when it comes to blood sugars and diabetes. Like I usually go high and have to account for that. Except then I joined Cross Country.

There hasn’t been a day when I haven’t gone low. It sucks. Period. And it’s not just the sixty or seventy range. It’s the fifty or forty range, which just makes it worse. And all I can say is THANKS TO GOODNESS that I have my CGM on, or I would probably collapse and fall unconscious (usually I feel my lows, not when I run).

I love my coach. On the first day I gave her my diabetes letter and told her that I had type 1 diabetes. And her first question was, “How are you going to not be low?” Like I said, I love my coach. She knows what diabetes is! She asked the right questions! LUCKY ME! So I said that I usually don’t go low, and that I was going to run with my tester and smarties.

On that first day, I left my glucose tester and smarties in my backpack, because I was only going to run around campus. Bad idea. I was running with another girl, but then I had to turn back because I was feeling seriously shaky and dizzy. It took me about forever to get back. And I was 50 mg/dl. Yup. From then on, I held my tester and smarties in my hands as I ran, and was low EVERY SINGLE DAY. NOT FUN.

It’s gotten to the point that I couldn’t finish my three miles, and nearly cried because of it, because I was so frustrated. I mean, I’m lowering my insulin, I’m eating before hand, what’s going on? Hopefully I’ll figure it out soon.


Claire Montgomery

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5 comments / Add your comment below

  1. Claire – you probably have the cross-country/going low issue resolved by now, but I would start by gradually reducing basal, as well as the bolus taken for any food eaten before the jog.

    Good luck, and keep up the good work, and great posts !!!

  2. Hey I’m in XC and I have type 1. I have found that it is really ok to let your sugars go way high before a run, like 250-300 because it’s going to go way lower while you’re exercising. I usually don’t do any insulin at lunchtime and I lower my Lantus/Basal rate 25% during the season. On long runs I carry glucagon in a fanny pack. Before races is the hardest for me because I have to stop eating about an hour and a half before I run otherwise I’ll throw up, so on race days my sugars are frequently greater than 300. I have never had any problems with fainting because of this and just remember, high is better than low.

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