Faster than a lightening Bolt

Hey! So check out these numbers:

6.9, 6.5, 6.2, 6.4, 7.5, 6.9, 6.4, 6.8, 6.1, 6.4, 6.1, 6.6, 6.6…

For most of you, they probably don’t mean a thing, but for diabetics, like me, they’re great news, near perfect in fact. These numbers are my blood sugar readings for the last two days. And as my endocrinologist once told me, these are numbers to grow old with.

My BG goal is set between 4.9 and 6.5. Getting in green is the goal.

BG perfection really shouldn’t be all that surprising, given that I lead a pretty healthy lifestyle. Yes, I enjoy my chocolate, ice cream and various baked goods, but I also offset that with a LOT of exercise, so it balances out. But the thing is, for years I was a yo-yo diabetic, trying to combat low blood sugars and high blood sugars all the time. And even though it’s been like six years since I turned my lifestyle around and really took control of my diabetes, near perfect numbers across the board like that still come as a nice, little shocker.

And get this, my perfect blood sugar streak didn’t even screw up after having a raspberry tartelette for dessert that Mario got from Granville Island. I estimated the tartelette at 30 grams of carbs, and two hours after eating it, my blood sugars went from 4.9 to 5.3 = perfect! Which is a good thing to figure out now, because when go to Paris this fall, we will most definitely being eating a tartelette, maybe even two a day 😉

Eating my first tartelette on the Champs Elysée the last time we were in Paris three years ago. According to my records we averaged two a day!


  • 6:30 p.m. BG before: 6.4 (2 Sharkies)
  • Temp basal: -50 per cent
  • Distance: 10 km
  • Average pace: 6:33 min/km
  • Time: 1:02:58
  • 8 p.m. BG after: 7.5

There’s only one word to describe yesterday’s 10k “recovery” run: Ouch!

After just three months and approximately 500 kilometres in my Mizunos, the treads were wearing thin – they needed replacing. And as much as I looooove new shoes, I hate breaking them in. Not even 3 km into the run and my calves were burning, it seriously felt like a shard of glass was being ripped up and down them over and over again. And my feet, oh my gosh, they were throbbing, like I was running on a bed of rusty nails!

Thank goodness for favourite running chicks, though, who have a way better memory than I do. While contemplating ripping the pain suckers off my feet and throwing them into the nearest dumpster, my running chicks reminded me that these are the exact same shoes, just a half size larger than the last pair, (No more purple toes for me!) and that I had experienced the exact same pangs of pain when I started out in those ones. And they turned out to be the best, most comfortable, suited-to-my-feet pair of shoes, I think, I’ve ever owned.

And the pain, well that’s just a small price to pay to once again be sporting a pair of fancy-new, super-bright, super-fast-looking shoes! The second I put them on, I strike a pose – the Usain Bolt pose!

What’s your favourite thing about new shoes?

6 thoughts on “Faster than a lightening Bolt”

  1. New shoes mean one more pair out of running rotation which means another comfortable pair moving to work or everyday use. A well used pair of runners feel so comfortable for everyday use, they have molded to your feet over the last 600 or so kilometers 😉

    1. New shoes for me means new shoes for my sister – she likes to pilfer the shoes I no longer run in! And last year when I was struggling to find the perfect pair of shoes, she was scoring new shoes like every month!

  2. The Last Time We Were In Paris …. isn’t that the title of some movie? And you GOTTA do that Uain Boltin pose in the newsroom!! Next time ya scoop da competition!! 🙂 Silvery-green runners and skin-tight shorts optional 🙂 I didn’t QUITE understand the graph and gettin in the green zone … but I SURE understood the look on your face biting into that tartelette 🙂 Two a day, for sure 🙂

    1. With the graphs, I probably should have noted that the target is to get into the green zone, but it’s such a small window of opportunity to get into that “perfect” zone. And if you look at the numbers I posted at the top, while they were close to the zone, a few of them were a point or two above the zone, and so they don’t count as being perfect – just near perfect 😀

  3. Katie, you should buy another new pair of the same shoes again and start wearing them around your house, so that they are molded to your feet when you are ready for a new pair!

  4. Wow – another T1D Mizuno fiend!! I got diagnosed in my early 30s less than 3 years ago, training for my first half at the time. Mizuno Inspires got me through my first marathon the year after and I thought they were the best shoes ever. Then I tried out their Harriers for trail running – again, best shoes ever! Have got my p.b. down to 3:30 but plan to go a good bit quicker than that some time soon – maybe in my 3rd pair of Brooks Launches. Tried to go back to Inspires because they were such a reliable shoe, and they racked up 1300km before wearing too thin in some places, but the way my feet work has changed and now the only thing that works for my feet is neutrals.
    Good luck building up to your first marathon – be patient & good to yourself on the way and it’ll be just one of many.
    But what do I love about running in new shoes?
    Running in new shoes!

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