This post is about running with diabetes… with butter as my only fuel.
Steve Note: I do believe that running long distances is inflammatory FOR ME. I do like to run longer distances occasionally … just to see if I can still do it. :) What is a long run for me… may be different for YOU.
I prefer running sprints … but for longer runs 3-4 miles is a nice distance. I can run these and feel no major inflammation of joints, muscles etc.
The other day I ended my “butter experiment”… you can read about it by clicking here, “Butter a day … keeps diabetes at bay?” The experiment culminated with a stick of butter for breakfast on the 5th day.
Around noon, without consuming any other nutrients (I did drink black coffee and drank water) I decided to add to my dietary experiment by attempting a long distance run. Below is a picture along my running route… a quaint old church…
Below is my Pre-Run Blood Glucose Reading … it is also one hour post ‘break-fast” … which was a 1/4 lb of butter. :))
The attempt to run a long distance was a 4-fold ‘experiment’.
1) Butter (saturated fat) is Good Fuel: I wanted to show that I could run a longer run … with nothing but butter (animal fats) for energy. I used the word ‘show’ instead of ‘prove’ on purpose. You see, I knew that I could do a longer run… because I’d done longer runs while intermittent fasting, (click here for more info).
2) Knee Test: I had not run distance on pavement in shoes in about four months, since the completion of the 100 miles in 30 day Challenge in October ’10. I accomplished the goal ahead of schedule but on the last day … I re-injured a torn meniscus in my right knee. I had been doing sprints and plyometrics prior to this long run.
Keep in mind… I’ve been running 100 yd sprints, barefoot and on grass every week that I can. I’ve probably averaged running sprints once every two weeks. I also perform plyometrics each week, a high intense cardio workout… FOR SURE!
3) High Intense Cardio – proponents suggest that high intense cardio is great training for long distance running. While I had tested this out before and new that I could do at least 4-5 miles I wanted to see how far I could go…. without pushing myself TOO much. (I usually try to push myself… but not dangerously).
4) Testing the Run’s Affect on Blood Sugar – as you can see from my picture below… my blood sugar definitely decreased during the run. A post run 68 is the lowest blood sugar reading I think I’ve ever had. EXERCISE ROCKS! :)
I try to run sprints every week but I probably average running sprints once ever two weeks during the winter months. I have run sprints in temperatures below 40 degrees but it must be sunny…. I only run sprints barefooted and in shorts. I prefer to run shirtless but I have worn a sweat shirt a couple of times due to cold weather. If the weather does not permit… I perform plyometrics at home. The purpose (for me) is to achieve 80-90% of maximum heart rate…. this is ‘the zone’ where maximum cardiovascular benefit is achieved.
On this day I decided to just see what I could do. NOW … keep in mind… I still was running sprints and if not I was still doing plyometrics 2-3 times per week. On off days I was doing weight resistance of some sort… so my ‘heart’ and cardiovascular system was kept in good shape.
I ended up running 7.14 miles in 1 hr and 39 mins…. the pace was 13.51 … not bad for an old diabetic, after a long hiatus. Honestly though… my goal was 10 miles with a minimum of 8 miles for the day. Let me tell you what I did… I ran 5 miles ‘out’…. with the intention of running 5 miles back. Since I ran only 7 … I had a LONG two mile walk home. (I took shortcuts) I call it the ‘Walk of Shame”. Now deep down, I know the 7 miles was great or very good… but I will use this as incentive to push myself the next time out. :)
1) Butter for fuel test? … check! Worked like a CHARM!
2) Knee Test? Check! … running sprints and jumping up and down barefooted … certainly did NOT harm my knee. :)
3) High Intense Cardio? I have to say… check! Not to make excuses… but I live in a very hilly neighborhood. I was fine running on flat ground… but at exactly the 7.14 mile mark… was the BASE of a very big and steep hill.
The main reason I stopped running wasn’t a lack of energy nor “wind” … it was pain. My feet, hips and back really began to cause me pain. (and I hate to COMPLAIN!!!!) :)
4) Running and Blood Sugar Affect : We know that walking is good for helping to control blood sugar… and at least for me, on this day… RUNNING was as well. Running reduced my Blood Sugar @ 16 points.
** While I was running back to the home… my feet started hurting BAD!!! … when I came to this part of the run…. I soooo wanted to take my shoes off and run barefooted… but I was afraid of glass etc. :)
Here is my Diabetes Warrior Info:
My Diabetes Meal Plan ( a true diabetes diet, not like most of those promoted by American Diabetes Association)