It just occurred to me – as I was cursing my post-run high – that my pre-run basal settings can be the same for a 4 mile run or a 10 run with intervals, but what I do post run makes all the difference in the world.
This literally just occurred to me, so I’ll need to prove my theory in future runs, but take today for example. I had a relatively easy 4 miles this morning. I lowered my basal 2 hours before my run and ate a package of peanut butter crackers a few minutes before starting. I woke up with a 99 BG and finished my run at 120. Perfect. I bolused 1 unit and had about half of a G2 drink right after stopping and followed that with a snack of about 30 grams of carbs 1 hour after finishing. I bolused the normal amount, but just tested, a WAY too high, 268 3 hours after the snack. If I take into account the lowered basal amounts, and bolus that amount I would probably have covered that high.
Now, if I had run harder I’m thinking that I would not need to bolus to cover the lowered basals. Hmmm… interesting theory.
I’ve been running for well over a year now and this just occurs to me today? Better late than never.
It’s also interesting to note that I have not seen a difference later in the day with regards to run effort. During the afternoon, following a morning run, I will typically lower my basal rate by 50% for 3 hours to prevent lows before dinner time.
I’ll try the same approach on Weds when I run harder and see what happens.