We started our day just past Santo Domingo in the small city of Grañon

We started our day just past Santo Domingo in the small city of Grañon

We continued on until Villafranca, the midway point for the following day's route!

We continued on until Villafranca, the midway point for the following day’s route!

Our favorite house on this morning's route!

Our favorite house on this morning’s route!

Sometimes we feel rightfully small when on the trail. Can you spot Jeanie?!

Sometimes we feel rightfully small when on the trail. Can you spot Jeanie?!

During long brown field days, we love taking in moments of color!

During long brown field days, we love taking in moments of color!

Last night Jeanie opted for two baths and nap before bed, I guess it would be fair to say we have been feeling the long days! While working through these days, Jeanie has also been trying different techniques to regulate her blood glucose levels. She is learning from each day and the techniques seem to be helping as she ended in the 90s today! This is a great change from the high numbers we have been seeing on previous difficult days!

We have been covering a lot of miles at a fast past due to the evening out of the terrain. One change Jeanie has been trying on these types of days is to drop her bolus for early meals, when the carbs are accompanied by a fat or protein that will slow down the effects of the carbs. After a quick 9 miles this morning, we stopped to take in a bite to eat. Jeanie had the ham and cheese sandwich pictured below and decided not to bolus! This is a perfect example of how much the needs of someone’s body can change depending on the demands of a given day. Not blousing for this size of a sandwich would seem like a crazy decision on a normal day, but because of the exertion Jeanie had been putting in (and would continue to for the hours ahead), it turned out to be the right decision! An hour later her blood glucose levels were steady around 150-160.

Happy for some morning fuel!

Happy for some morning fuel!

The day was cool and we continued steadily on until mid afternoon. The skies shifted between heavy rain clouds and an occasional patch of blue but we made it to our room without suffering any downpours on the trail! We will be letting our bodies recover for the evening before taking on another long day tomorrow, hopefully getting close to Burgos!
We look forward to letting you know how it goes!

Note: The blood glucose management techniques mentioned in this or other posts are not officially recommended, they simply reflect Jeanie’s personal experience while completing the Camino de Santiago.

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