This is what I have been looking for!
I am a type 1 runner and I have been looking for connections to other long distance runners, so I am pumped about this post and group.
I have run 4 marathons and I am running my first 50k next weekend. I have a CGM but I do not have a pump. I know, I know, but I have just never been comfortable with the restrictions of the pump. The CGM, however, has changed my life. Mostly in my non-running life, but also when I am on the run.
I feel like there is about a 15-20 min delay at times with registering actual blood sugar levels. So, I don't rely on it to be a accurate predictor of where I am at in the moment of a run. It does, however, indicate the trends, which are very helpful.
For long distance runs, I like to eat a clif bar well in advance (hour and a half) and take 1 unit of humalog (about half my normal dose) or something with a little substance. If I am on short notice, I eat half a clif bar (or the equivalent) with no insulin right before the run. I find that I level out after a half hour. I have used powergels as my preferred glucose supplement during runs in the past. I find that it is better to hold on to the gel and try to stretch it out over 10 minutes or so, so there is not such a big spike. I recently came across Clif Shots, and I had the best control I have ever had on a 20 mile run. There are 6 or 7 blocks in a package and they are about 8 carbs a piece. I suck on them for about 7-10 minutes apiece, take a short break, then pop the next one. For the last 2 hours of my 3 hour run, my CGM indicated that I was between 107-109. I didn't vary more than 2 mg/dl during a 2 hour section of a run!!!!!
Does anyone else have methods they use for long runs? My A1Cs have come down significantly since I got my CGM, but I am still high. I am totally open to suggestions.
Also, I am looking to connect with more runners and am new to the juvenation, so feel free to friend me (or whatever the process is) and connect cause I want to share stories and build the movement and community of long distance type 1s