Back in the saddle again

Getting back into a routine again is tough. Even though I spent months longing for this day to arrive, and the entire morning this morning singing Back In The Saddle Again, I still went to bed last night and woke up this morning with the unnerving thoughts of ‘Do I really want to do this for another four months‘ filling my head.

Today was the first day of the Run for Water marathon training and I got to say, it wasn’t easy. Oh the run was a breeze, a blast even, but the preparations beforehand were rather difficult. It all started just as I was getting ready for bed, when I felt a twang in my hip, a dull ache that was taking its sweet assed time to remove itself from my body. It’s not a new ache though, oh no, it’s the same hip that acts up every time I register for a race, think of wanting to do a race, or even just pass a poster advertising a race. It’s like the bloody thing knows and it’s telling me “Oh no, don’t you dare put me through that hell again you crazy lady!’

I also spent the overnight hours tossing and turning worrying about the aches and about whether my blood sugars would be cooperative or not. There’s nothing worse than starting a run day off with nasty blood sugars. And when I woke up to the blasted alarm clock, my head instantly started shaking back and forth, why oh why do I want to spend the next four months getting up at 6 a.m. every Sunday – SUNDAY! – my sleep-in day??? I’ll show you why:

My favourite running chicks! It’s been 119 days (4 months) since us girls last ran together and it was as though no time had passed. We chatted from the second we arrived at the store to the very last second before leaving, which is saying a lot because usually it takes me a good 3 km before I start talking on a Sunday morning run. But there was no way any of us were passing up this long-overdue catch-up time. A couple of the chicks were missing, but they’ll be back soon enough. And I’m thinking, we’re going to need a name for us chicks, we are crazy after all and crazies always have alias names. I haven’t given it too much thought yet, but take note girls, there will be a new name to come, a superstar super-fast name 😀


  • 8:15 a.m. BG before: 7.1 (granola bar, no bolus)
  • Temp basal: -50 per cent (started 1.5 hours before the run, turned off right after the run)
  • Distance: 10 km LSD
  • Average pace: 7:09 min/km
  • Time: 1:11:33
  • 10: 20 a.m. 11.4 (should have either eliminated the granola bar or given a small bolus for it)

Something new I’m going to be doing this time around is making more note of the breakfast I eat on Sunday mornings (This was another dietitian suggestion.) With my last training, I really struggled with working my morning meal/insulin dosage in with my long run and battled both highs and lows. So, starting today, I’m going to be recording my Sunday morning meals along with their carb counts, BG correction if needed and bolus dose. And hopefully, I’ll be able to figure out a breakfast that works for me, my run, and my blood sugars:


  • 6 a.m. BG: 6.5 (went down to 5.8 one hour later, but up to 7.1 two hours later)
  • 2 slices raison toast: 42g carbs
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter: 0 carbs
  • 1/2 banana (weighed): 10g carbs
  • 1/2 smoothie: 15g carbs
  • Total carbs: 67g – 2g (I was being conservative)
  • BG correction: 0.25 (I only did 0.10, again being conservative)
  • Bolus: 3.10 units

What do you eat for breakfast before a long run?

3 thoughts on “Back in the saddle again”

  1. It was great running with you again today. It has been too long since we have all been running together. Do you think Marie has it figured out yet that she will be running the marathon with us and not the half like she thinks? 🙂

    Before a long run I have a banana and a bowl of oatmeal.

    See you next Sunday

  2. Oh Marie will be training for the full, but if not….well, she’s always welcome for breakfast at my place:) Before a long run I like to eat lots…usually a few pieces of toast with jam, a banana, 2 cups of coffee, 2 eggs and a yogourt. As soon as I’m done, I’ll have a protien bar (20 protien) as that is what rebuilds the torn muscle tissue during a long run…then about an hour later, I’ll have a sandwich or something of that nature. I pretty much continue eating all day….I can’t seem to stop! What I have to work on is what I eat the day BEFORE a long run….just don’t think I get enough carbs.

  3. I’m on week 2 of marathon training and I’d forgotten just how much more running it is! Before I head out on my long run I like to eat two poached eggs on toast.

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