Another week of summer running gone by, and still feeling like I have no pep. After reading Wintergreen’s low progesterone post last week, I decided to get off my ass and get some blood work done. Of course, the jaded grumpy part of me figured it would be a waste of time, but the hopeful part of me wished for some answer to all these months of feeling blue, tired, and bleh.
I won’t keep you in suspense: I have very low ferritin, or stored iron. My level is 19; the normal range for women is between 20 and 200. My doctor said mine is concerning particularly for an athlete. What are the symptoms of low iron? Dizziness (check), shortness of breath (check), and fatigue (check). I’m on an iron supplement and Vitamin C (which helps the body absorb the iron) regimen for the foreseeable future, and have an appointment to get my levels rechecked to monitor they’re going up. I’ll keep you posted!
Other than that, we went camping and continued to have a busy, fun summer!
Monday 7/10: 12 miles, core and weights. AM- 6 miles (8:16 pace), PM- 6.1 miles (8:42 pace) with my husband.
7/11: 14 miles. AM- 8 miles (8:00 pace), PM-6 miles (8:34 pace). I attempted a workout in the morning, but couldn’t do more than 4 miles at 7:00 pace after a 3-mile warm up. Just couldn’t get my breathing relaxed and wanted to just lie down on the couch. (Now I know why).
7/12: 10 miles (8:28 pace).
7/13: rest day, blood drawn. Core/weights.
7/14: 17 miles (8:16 pace). Did my long run early this week to account for our weekend of camping. Got to run with a friend, which was so nice after all the solo running I’ve had to do this summer on the treadmill.
7/15: rest day. I did a 2.5-mile hike with my daughter, explored in the woods and enjoyed my family.
7/16: 7 miles (8:39 pace). Got home from camping and watched an episode of Downton Abbey on the treadmill. A shower afterward has never felt so good!
Total: 60 miles (even with two days off!)