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With the monster through the mud - a different kind of run

August 13, 2015 by Melanie Vollert

Conquered!

You have now conquered a 5k mud run. What are three words that best describe the experience?

Anne: Dirty, hot, awesome!

Melanie: Dusty, uphill, euphoric!

The Diabetes Monster?

Sounds fun! How did your diabetes monster behave for the start? How did you keep it in check during the event? And did you talk to Melanie about the technical side of diabetes, beforehand?

Anne: Actually, my blood sugar didn’t start well. Thanks to the excitement, I was stuck at about 250 mg/dl all morning. 1.5 hours before the start I was as high as 320 mg/dl! I know when I’m so high, I feel tired and can’t push myself. I also planned on disconnecting during the run because I was worried about the water, mud, and debris. So I took a few units of insulin via the pump and then unplugged it.

Melanie: Before the start I asked Anne what I should look for, or if something happens, what should I do? My exact question was (of course, tongue in cheek): “Do I get to jab you with a needle?” She just laughed and said, “No, please don’t! Dextrose from this small bag will be just fine.”

The Event!

Wet, dirty and motivated – how did it go during the event?

Anne: At first it was tough because my BG was so high. Heavy legs and arms, breathing felt thick, and I was just tired. We all know how gross a hyper feels priligy prescription canada. But after a half hour and a flat section of the course, I started feeling better.  Breathing got easier, and my power came back. It also bothered me a bit that I didn’t have my blood glucose meter with me. I had a very small bag with only gummy bears and glucose. But I felt good that that Melanie was there. So I knew if my monster went crazy, someone would know what to do.

Melanie: I felt very good. Adrenaline pushed me to start strong, and I was looking forward to the hurdles. Ramp-up, crawl, and slog through mud and water – it was just great! After the hurdles the endurance part began, 5km up and down, climbing and trying not to slip. The first kilometer was super easy, especially since you often had to wait for other runners to come down the slope before you could go up. Finally, in the quarry, the heat built up, and I was happy to see the finish and be done.

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So, Melanie, one doesn’t do a mud run every day. How did it happen and was it a different feeling having a running partner with a diabetes monster on board?

Melanie: This was the first mud run for me, too! My friend and I watched the Eurovision Song Contest a few months ago, and there were a few participants who talked about doing one. We thought it looked exciting and started asking friends to do one with us. Since I knew that Anne is an avid runner, I asked her, of course, and after 3 seconds deliberation time she was in! That she has diabetes and pump wearer was never a problem for me. I work with Monster Tamers every day and except that they regularly measure and log, their daily routines are not much different than mine. Why should be their free time be any different? Also, I know what to look for (symptoms) when a person with diabetes around me isn’t feeling well, and most of the time, how to help them.

You two finished separately? Was your diabetes monster a tough haul for you, Anne?

Anne: Right from the start we knew things would be tough. Exercising with high blood sugar is not funny. I was considerably slower than I wanted to be, and Melanie was a real encourager. She pulled me over sand slopes and motivated me. When I realized that my blood sugar was back to a more normal level, I felt much better. But I still needed longer walking breaks. I didn’t want Melanie to keep waiting for me. So we decided together that she should go ahead. But I could see her most of the time through the quarry. It was also quite nice of her to wait for me at the finish.

Melanie: I was feeling great that day, and I wanted to push myself to my limits, therefore, Anne and I separated shortly before the halfway point. I felt bad for going ahead, but she insisted and wouldn’t take no for an answer. I also knew that there were plenty of people behind her and safety checkpoints every few yards, should she need help. She had her monster under control, with plenty of help around, so I wasn’t worried. At the finish, I celebrated with a huge Radler (a traditional beer & lemonade mix).

What were your first thoughts when you reached the finish?

Anne: “Oh yeah! I’m DONE! And THIRSTY!” And after a well deserved Radler, it was time for a BG check. 85 mg/dl! Awesome!

Melanie: “I think I have sunstroke and thank God I have not been for a run!” All joking aside, at the finish I was very exhausted. The sun beat down mercilessly, and I only had my blonde hair for protection. Therefore, my first thoughts were all about getting some drinks!

After the event?

After the Radler was down, and you had a chance to recover and reflect, what were you feeling?

Anne: I was totally motivated and proud. Despite a diabetes monster in my bag, I managed a mud run. AWESOME! I collected a few scratches on my elbows and was hungry, but my blood sugar stayed nice and stable until late that night. I could even eat a couple of exchanges without taking insulin.

Melanie: I was motivated and somewhat envious of the 10k runners. Because after 10 minutes of rest I was recovered and felt like tackling the course again!

Was this a one-time thing? Or is another mud run calling your name?

Anne: Yes, I’d love to do it again, and I might even tackle the 10k…

Melanie: And how! But with a sun hat next time!

No limits!

Hopefully, you can see that your diabetes monster is no reason to avoid new activities or sports. Dare! Go for it! Have a super motivated sports buddy, like Melanie, by your side and take off! Take your diabetes monster on a run through the mud and show it what you’re made of!

A collage of a cement quarry and before and after mud run selfies

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