2011-05-22

Thoughts From This Morning

This morning's workout came and went. It was good for me; was it good for you?

Predictably, the strength training was relatively easy. The push ups were the most difficult part for me, which is mildly disappointing, since I have become a bit of a push up master over the last two years. I look forward to regaining some tricep strength in the coming weeks.

The other things is that I have evidently not been drinking enough water the past couple of days. I've acquired the habit of drinking 1-2 liters of water a day. Yesterday, I spent some time in the sun and didn't properly hydrate. All of life's little events are important down-stream. This morning my muscles were more sluggish than they should have been. I'll be drinking a lot more water today.

I teased you with the possibility of provided some tools for diabetic runners. I'm still working on this, though, and I'll need more time to make it as user friendly as it could be. For now, let me simply suggest that you start keeping a record of your blood glucose levels each time you test. You're starting a new workout regimen, and you will want to keep an eye on the impact that has on your body.

To that effect, I'd like to share some of my own statistics with you as a bit of a "before picture." Over the course of the coming weeks, I'll be keeping a close eye on the changes in my body, so that I can better understand how the marathon will impact me. This means safer, and perhaps even better, running.

A Word on the Tools Used
To track my body, I'll be using a OneTouch UltraSmart blood glucose meter, an electronic Weight Watchers scale (which also provides somewhat iffy estimates of body fat %, bone mass %, water content %, etc.), and my prototype Excel Worksheet, which is a combined data log and analytical tool.

(Once I get this tool into a user-friendly format, I'll share it with you and my local chapter of the Canadian Diabetes Association.)

Where I Am At Day 1
  • Weight: 151.5 lbs.
  • Height: 5'10"
  • Estimated Body Fat (%): 16.0
  • Estimated Bone Mass (%): 8.0
  • Estimated Water Mass (%): 61.3
  • Average of All Blood Glucose Readings Since May 4, 2011 (Includes postprandial readings): 10.22 mmol/dL (184mg/dL) 
Up Next: I'll be providing another article, The Marathon: Part IV.