Running, Fueling and Sweat

Running is part of my workout regimen these days. Three or four mornings a week I wake up and head outside for a run at 6 am. It is my “mommy alone time” (I’ve been blessed with children who are fairly late sleepers), and the best free therapy out there, in my opinion.

I live in a part of the country where temperatures hover around 75 or 80 degrees and the air is thick and humid even that early in the morning, so having an effective way to keep the insulin in my insulin pump cold is an absolute necessity. I discovered Frio Insulin Cooling Cases several years ago and still swear by them. I’ve mentioned them in previous posts, because I also use them for camping and backpacking. While they are handy for trips where you won’t have access to refrigeration, they also do an incredible job of keeping insulin cool during daily runs.

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Fueling my body for these early morning runs has been a struggle for me. As a type 1 diabetic, I find that I need SOMETHING to eat before I go out for a run. However, digestive issues are never something you want to deal with on a run. So…what do you eat? How do you fuel yourself before your morning runs so your blood sugar remains stable but you don’t end up needing a bathroom halfway through your run? I often have luck with a simple piece of wheat toast and peanut butter. I don’t like to eat very much or anything too heavy before I run. I’d love to know what other folks do!

Fueling myself during long runs is also an ongoing struggle. I find that so many sports drinks are loaded with sugar and will make my blood sugar skyrocket. I have had success using Nuun Active hydration tablets in my water. They work well and have no added sugar. I’ve tried several different brands of gels as well, but haven’t found any that I love yet. What gels do you use? Hammer products have been recommended to me, but I haven’t tried them yet. I intend to and will let you know how my blood sugar fares!

Balancing blood sugar levels on early morning runs is challenging, and is not something that I’ve mastered yet. It’s an ongoing game of trial and error. I will continue to share what I have used and had success with, and I would love to know what other folks are using! What’s worked for you?

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