Fanny packs are making a comeback...
This looks like I’m stretching, but really I’m just noticing an untied shoelace….
After I got diagnosed with T1D, running has been one of those activities I’ve steered clear of, due to my fear of low blood sugars. Honestly, I avoided it before my diabetes too, but the excuse of low BG’s certainly sounds more legit than me wanting to sleep in and watch Bravo TV. Nevertheless, slowly (reallllly slowly) but surely, I’ve gotten my running (slash um jog) groove back and found these tips helpful along the way:
1) Carry a fanny pack. Sure, I resemble one of those mall walkers, but fanny packs are the perfect way to carry diabetes supplies- it’s comfortable, discrete & keeps everything secure & safe while not weighing me down or bouncing around. I especially love the SPIbelts which are actually built for running. You heard it here first- these things are making a comeback.
2) Carry glucose tabs or another form of quick acting sugar that doesn’t easily melt. Place in aforementioned fanny pack. I will never run without having an emergency snack on hand- this rule applies even if I’m starting out high, running in a group or on streets with plenty of cafes (my favorite route). Lows can still happen, so having a snack on hand relieves much of that worry.
3) Although there is no “sugar safety zone,” I still try to start out on the higher side (150s). By giving myself more “buffer” I can better prevent an urgent low. I also reduce my insulin before heading out.
4) Lastly, the basics- drink plenty of water (the trick is before you’re thirsty), wear a hat & don’t forget that sunscreen (SPF 30 or greater). Pretty much everything your mama tells you.