My name is Tony and I'm looking forward to running my first marathon this October (Chicago). I've been a type 1diabetic for 25 of my 35 years on this planet. While I've always tried to eat healthy and keep my blood glucose levels in check, I am sick of this disease trying to control me. I'm sick of people telling me I can't do something. I'm going to run it for myself and for cellmatesontherun.com, a Chicago group focused on finding a cure.
About 8 weeks ago my fiance and I switched to a Paleo diet via whole9's 30 day challenge and we started CrossFit at a local affiliate. I've never felt healthier, or had more consistent glucose levels while cutting insulin doses by 15%. I've started adding in the CFEndurance workouts, while doing a few little longer runs to finish my transition from a minimalist shoe to barefoot (shoes).
My struggle and concerns is keeping my glucose level stable for 26.2 miles. Before the Paleo switch I would use energy gels to fuel my run. Are there any more paleo options for sustaining my glucose level like the gels do? Any of the honey type mixtures my body absorbs quickly and it doesn't do anything besides spike my glucose up then back down to a low state 15 minutes later.
-Basically I'm just looking for some advice or something I could try nutritionally to keep me going.
-I'm saving some money to get a heart rate monitor to see if I can find that magical point of sugar burning vs fat burning.
-Fasting prior to endurance work isn't an option as of right now. The couple times I've tried it, I spent most of my time on the road chomping on dextrose tablets to keep my sugar level up. The spikes up and down left me feeling sick.
-Any and all advice is greatly appreciate.
Thanks for taking the time to read this post.