Ages

Sticking to my new years resolution and training hard for the Earth Day Half Marathon in St. Cloud, MN. It’s not imaginary anymore. I have the pleasure of running it with my cousins Christy and Emily. Hopefully Matt joins us, too (but he never signs up for races longer than 2 weeks in advance).

I have been using the Temporary Basal option on the OmniPod during my runs. I started by decreasing my basal (background insulin) by 50% for 2 hours. I ended up low about 3 hours after each session, so I change it to 50% for 3 hours (which is the maximum time period for a temporary basal). The longer I ran, the lower I went 3 hours post workout. Through trial and error, I have my current running temp basal at a 90% (yes that’s ninety percent) decrease for 3 hours. I start it about 20 minutes before I actually start running.

I have also had to decrease my insulin across the board. The regular running has increased my sensitivity for both my insulin to carb ratio (was 1 unit to every 14 grams of carbs, now at 1 unit for every 18 grams of carbs), as well as my correction factor (was 1 unit to lower me 34 points, now is 1 unit to lower me 40 points).

Right now I’m waiting for a call from the nurse line to see if my throat culture grew a streptococcal jungle.

1 thought on “Ages”

  1. Hi Andrea! You’re doing a great job with the running! You’re very inspiring. I don’t know if this will help or not, but I’m on a pump and went through a ton of training recently. I’m curious if after your run and turning down the pump at 90% for 3 hours, do you go high? I learned that you need to turn down your pump 1-2 hours before you exercise because it’s the insulin you took 1-2 hours ago that is affecting you now. It’s super confusing. But I think it might help if you try starting the temp basal further back instead of turning it way down.

    Good luck! This certainly is a constant battle!

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