Hello, is someone a runner?

Hello, I am Biagio 

Yes i am diabetic with micro and i run, i keep my diabetes under very well control with run , i run after my Mr.D !!!

I PUMP my RUN and i know that with sport i can win over my diabetes


Anyone else is a runner ?



I have been trying to get back into running. I used to run in road races almost every weekend years back, but 30 years of running caught up with me and I ran with a calf injury for 3 years that would stop me in my tracks. Finally last year I threw in the towel. Now I just run around with the dog and kids. I do go on 3-5 mile walks and 5-15 mile hikes. I do continue to ride my road and mountain bike which I've done for the last 20 some years. I like doing push-ups and sit-ups as well.

I was diagnosed with type 1 just over a month ago so I'm very new to diabetes. Since diagnosed I've only gone on fast 3-5 mile walks just to see how exercise affects my blood sugar. As I increase the intensity of my walks my BS goes way down. On one walk my BS was at 160 before I walked and within 35 minutes it dropped to 55 and I felt very dizzy but a few glucose pills got me back home and I felt better about 40 minutes after. I'm also going to start going on bike rides... but I'll start slow and short rides at first. My goal is to ride 100 miles in "Ride for a Cure" diabetes ride in September of this year. I'm also going to start my push-ups and sit-ups workout soon too.

I'm taking this kind of slow but steady. I just want to see what I can take because I want to find out what doses of insulin work best for me before I work out. My BS as dropped to around 45 while walking before and I just don't want that to happen again, but at the same time I don't want it to go sky high as well. I can't wait to find the right balance of what to eat and insulin dose before and during a workout.

I clicked on the link of the photo you posted.... Great job getting first place!!! That is quite an accomplishment having diabetes. Keep up the good work!

Hey Brian,

   I ttotally understand your frustration with vigorous exercise and insulin.  It is hard to figure out; I've been diabetic for over 24 years and every time I feel like I have it totally figured out, I have a day like today, when I went for a 4 1/2 mile "run" and ended up walking most of the time while eating Oreos because my blood sugar didn't want to rise above 70, even though I started with a bowl of cereal, no extra insulin (just my basal rate from my pump) and a BS of 125.  Usually what works for me is to not eat (or more importantly to not bolus within 3-4 hours of running.)  I would love to have breakfast first, but then I'm fighting with too much insulin, or too much food or something.  If I have to eat right before I run, I find I can get away with 1/4 my normal bolus.  And if I haven't had too many lows in the last few days, my BS will rise when I start running.  Aside from the little tricks you'll learn as you go, just be prepared for anything!  

Hey y'all.

I run (intense but short runs, about 40 minutes long) and swim (for about an hour and a half), I've been diabetic for a little over 5 years.

I agree with Cindy, I try to make sure I have basically no insulin on board if i'm about to run or swim. If there's insulin on board then that insulin hits me like a ton of bricks. I try and be steady around 130, or moving up around 100. I've experienced lows while swimming (I was seeing spots, oh brother) but haven't had too many lows running. Honestly I don't get too many lows from cardio, but I'm always careful to pad my numbers with a tab or two beforehand if I'm not stable around 130. When I get out of the pool or back from my run I'm generally in the high 80s or 90s. And starving:)

I think my sugars the days after I run or swim are a lot better, so I'm trying to keep up with it. If you're going to be doing anaerobic exercise... that normally makes my blood sugar rise. Complete opposite of aerobic.

Goodluck, be prepared, and don't let it stop you!

I'll be swimming a ~4 mile open water race in a couple months. It takes about 2 hours (yeah, 2 hours) but I'm figuring out how to make it work, how to have some tabs and a buddy with me, etc.

Best of luck, JOHN

I'm a runner too.  I usually do 2.5 to 3 miles.  Sometimes faster and harder than others.  I try to get my BS to be at least 200 before I run.  If I'm under that I'll have a banana or 1/2 a power bar or something.  If I'm going to run in the afternoon I take a little less insulin and take it after I eat.  This usually works.  

I became a runner almost a year ago. I do 2 miles. I always take less insulin for my food when I know I'm about to run so I won't go low.

I'm a runner too! Wooh :)

Hey guys. What I've found out may help you guys. I haven't been running due to a calf injury I've had for about 5 years, but I've been riding my bike. I have been training for a 100 mile bike ride called "Tour de Cure" in Colorado it raises money for the American Diabetes Foundation.

The first thing I do when I wake up in the morning is take my blood sugar reading and it's usually around 80 to 130. Then I eat a Power Bar with 30mg of carbs, take no insulin, get ready for my ride. If I'm going on a long ride I take my blood sugar about half way through the ride and usually my bs goes down kind of low so I eat another power bar 30 to 44 carbs and at the end of the ride my blood sugar's usually around 80 to 120. Then after the ride I have a little snack. So, on the days when my ride goes too late to eat breakfast I don't even take any insulin and my blood sugar is low to normal.

On the days when I go on an easy ride I still have a Power Bar in the morning without insulin but after these easy rides I eat breakfast and take insulin right before breakfast. I wish I could go on a long ride every morning so I could just skip my morning insulin all together but time is an issue.

Just be careful if you try doing something like this. It took me a while to figure this out. When I first started training for the Tour de Cure I was riding 2hours after taking insulin and eating dinner and I would have low blood sugar every time during my ride. I like riding in the morning better as well. I also would call my endocrinologist every day at first when I was trying to figure all this stuff out. I've been doing this for more than a month and my blood sugar has been so good, much better than before I started riding since I've had type 1. Another nice thing is my doses of insulin have gone down from 9 units of insulin before each meal to 4 units and my night time dosage have gone from 14 units to 9 units so the exercise has a good affect all day on my blood sugar.  I also eat much more now and yes, more carbs to prevent low blood sugar.

Just to let you know, I'm not on a pump. I take 4 units of Humilog before each meal and 9 units of Lantis before bed. I also take my blood sugar reading 5 to 8 times a day.

I used to up my bs to 300 and then go exercise! Obviously that wasn't good for me, but it made me comfortable about exercising because I hate the low feeling! Anyways what I found is yes, make sure you don't bolus before exercise even if you have some carbs because insulin does stick with you for awhile. I now eat to make my bs about 180 and then eat a slow acting shake or bar before I go out to do high intensity exercise. (try glucerna) try it!

I've just started running to train for a marathon, been a T1D close to 34 years now.  My wife was not exactly comfortable with that decision, but I wanted something to challenge myself.  There's a website I found that has good general exercise information and a lot of helpful data on basal rates, insulin sensitivity data, etc that helped me "run safe".  The site is runsweet.com.  They are focused on diabetes self-care as it relates to sports.  

The recommendation there is for BS between 120-210.  I seem to do the best starting around 190, but really have to watch it post run because the BS has a habit of just staying low.  I still have to figure out the basal rate post run.  

you rock! I was training pretty aggressively for the huntington beach surf city marathon late 2011, however come the 18 mile runs, i kept on going low throughout it and couldn't get past that distance, since then i have not really gone past 10 miles. I'm running regularly at 2-5 miles, but its great to see another pumper out there! :) And the info on starting BS readings to! Keep it up! (: ...damn, no pun intended! :p  

So nice to see others having similar issues - training for my first half and full this summer and fall, respectively (if all goes to plan..)

I've been talking to my diabetes educator quite a bit about how to prepare for both long and short runs with regards to basal/bolus (I'm on an animas ping)..and it seems to work best for me to reduce my basal by 40% for 2 hours before I run (regardless of length) and then eat a SMALL snack right before (no more than 20 carbs). I'm still trying to work up the courage to keep my pump on while running to reduce high blood sugar afterward - anyone have any experience with this - what works, what doesn't?

I've also been told to use gels every 30-45 mins for longer runs (1hr+) - thoughts about this? Would love to connect with some other runners who have done similar training or are currently training!

- Louise


i love to run..its like my second love besides dancing