Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Thunder and Lightning

I think it was around 1am when I woke up to hear the heavy rain against the window, and the flashes of lightning and rumbles of thunder. Amidst this sleepy confusion I also heard the CGM alarm in the background.

Leah's Low Predicted alarm was sounding, and a finger test showed a BG of 50. Of course, this was after fighting highs all day. Apparently the site change had worked. So after she downed a juice box I tried to get back to asleep, only to hear her in our room about 20 minutes later... "I really don't feel good." She was still only in the 70's, so after a granola bar and temp basal set she settled back in, with the storm still howling in the background.

The weather in Illinois has been crazy this winter. After weeks of 40-50 degree temps, we finally had our first "snowstorm" last week. However, the temperature crept back up yesterday and resulted in the spring-like storm last night. So between thunder, lightning, and blood sugars, it was a pretty restless night in our house.

Needless to say, when my alarm went off at 4am the last thing I wanted to do was get up and go for a run. But I made my coffee, got ready to go, and stepped outside. It was not even 5am, and the temp was over 50 degrees, a nice breeze was blowing, and it even smelled like Spring! I made myself start running and had one of the best runs I've had in quite awhile.

Training for my second marathon has been a little daunting lately. Mentally, it can be hard to stay motivated, especially with sleep being so hard to come by in our house. And physically I've had some aches and pains that keep nagging and make me wonder if I should ease off the running a little.

Mornings like this are a great reminder of exactly why I get up so early, why I set goals and sign up for these silly races....because I enjoy it. To be outside and have the time to myself, to feel the stress of the previous night lift off my shoulders, to look up and realize you've made it halfway across town without even noticing it. It's a great feeling.

Today's a new day in diabetes-land and hopefully will be better than the last.

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