Friday 22 February 2013

The First Five

I have always associated the number five with some of the things I find are the hardest.  This list includes:

The first 5 km's of a run.
The first 5 km's of a spin on the bike.
The first 5 laps in the pool.
The 5 minutes between me waking and having glorious coffee in my hand.

I now have another one to add to the list.  The first 5 minutes of a low blood sugar once I have treated it. It usually takes me at least this amount of time to start to feel the effects of the life saving glucose to hit my bloodstream.  The first 5 minutes usually include flickering eyesight, cold sweat, shaking, the feeling that my insides are shuddering, increased heart-rate and decreased thought process, the nearly uncontrollable urge to eat everything in site and just plain fear.  Just like the other things in my list, after 5 minutes things usually start to improve (not always but that is a whole other post in itself).


  1. I never thought about it before, but you're right. Those first five minutes are the toughest. Hope you don't have to deal with them too often. Thanks

  2. Agreed! They are tough and it has taken me a decade to learn to be patient. Still hard though...

  3. I'll co-sign that movement! Waiting to feel better after a low is one of the hardest things ever.