You may be wondering, another? When did you do the first one? and that is a valid question. It’s been a hot minute (errr, 7 years) since I ran my first half-marathon so to do another one now, it’s almost like doing it for the first time again. There is a positive to doing it now, however – I’m in a much better fitter starting position than I was for the first one.

You see, back in 2012, I went basically from a mostly sedentary lifestyle, I’d workout here and there and eat healthily but that was it, to training for a half-marathon in the dead of a Canadian winter. Yup, I started training outside in January for a race that took place at the beginning of May, so I had a solid 4 months of training ahead of me. This time? I’ve been running (not a lot, but more than none) and teaching my spin classes 3x/week plus whatever other workouts I do. So needless to say, I’m in a much better spot, cardiovascularly speaking.

This past week was my first training week of this new race. I run 3x/week, smaller runs throughout the week and longer runs on weekends. So, this week I had a 3k + 5k+ 8K run, the 8k being the long run. I have to admit, I’ve done some runs this summer but nothing serious, and after my long run, I was definitely feeling it. I remember when I ran my first half-marathon, I didn’t give myself proper rest, so I’ve shuffled the training schedule so I have 1-2 days off exercise completely throughout the week, and I definitely plan on taking advantage of them!

And while we’re on the topic of rest and recovery, I’m taking stretching and foam rolling a lot more serious this time around than I did the first time. I was much younger (no comment, ahem) back then and thought I was invincible, I got shin splints and I had strained a hip muscle (an abductor) due to lack of stretching and rest and recovery, so big shifts to the training this time and I’m excited to see the results.

A nice little sign on one of my runs

I think I want to try and beat my time from my first race though. I was training a certain way the first time and when it came to the actual race day, I got all nervous and my plan went out the window and I think that’s why it took me a while (2:20:23). But I think I’m going to focus on sticking to my training and not worrying about time and just see what happens.

I get the question often how do I manage my diabetes while I go running? and that’s a valid question. I actually usually disconnect my pump entirely if my run is short (30 minutes), but for longer runs, it takes a bit more prep and planning. An hour before I head out to run, I cut my basal rate (that little constant drip of insulin I get all throughout the day to keep my blood sugar stable, what I get when I’m not eating food) back by about half. I keep it at half while I’m physically running and then after my run if I need to correct, I only bolus (the bigger chunks of insulin I get if I eat food or have to correct a bad blood sugar) at about half of what my insulin pump tells me to in order to help prevent low blood sugar. This is probably a foreign language to most people, but my fellow t1d’s will understand what I mean. I bring glucose tablet’s with me on all runs especially if I’m running in an area that doesn’t have any place to pop into for orange juice or anything and in general I just make sure I’ve eaten and I check my handy Dexcom to make sure my blood sugars aren’t super dropping and are pretty steady before I head out to hit the pavement! Sigh, life of a diabetic – amirite?

I’m also now in the market for some fresh running shoes – so I need to get any sort of good advice on the best runners in the market right now that are also somewhat affordable. Gah ok so wish me luck! I only have 2.5 months to train for this one as it’s October 20th. I’m a whole bunch of mixed emotions about it, nervous/excited/anxious/scared/happy/competitive… you name it I can probably put it towards everything I’m feeling right now.