I have learned lots of this from others and some from experience.
- When I need to be sure my pump site stays in, have a second one already in. The other will fall out otherwise
- Mastisol makes thinks stick when I am running in hot and humid weather
- If I forget to have a second site and my pump site falls out during a race pull out at the next aid station, it’s not worth going DKA
- When my blood sugar is high, a 15-30 minute run will drop it back. Mowing the lawn works too, but I don’t like my lawn that much and a lawn mower going at 1am isn’t good for neighbourly relations
- Always carry too much carb. I like Gu and blocks, but it doesn’t matter, and stuff happens.
- Use a temp basal to avoid feeding insulin
- Turn off the temp basal 20minutes before stopping if I can, or do a cool down if it is a race and bolus too. I use 1.5 units but that’s me. Otherwise I can shoot up from a 5mmol/L to 25mmol/L in 25minutes
- Deal with dosage changes quickly because they happen often
- Keep you pump in a waterproof belt, it may no longer be waterproof as we all seem to walk into walls when it’s clipped to our hips
- Adrenaline can sky rocket your blood sugar, wait and see then treat. I cut the correction by the same percentage I cut my basal rate
- Running shorts all need pockets
- Play with dosages and learn how you react to different efforts
- My ranking of running surfaces is ranked trail, track, then road. But dirt tracks suck