I turkey trotted with Cinnamon and we had a blast! I also had an epiphany. I thought it was stress or maybe the election. And then I thought it was because I backed off the gas pedal and not working like a maniac every day left me feeling sluggish. But when I raced the Turkey Day 5k on Thursday, I knew that feeling all too well. Low iron, people. Low iron is why I feel like I can’t make it through a day without a nap and how even coffee has stopped working. I feel foggy-brained, sluggy, and running felt like it was draining me. Luckily, it’s only been a few weeks (not coincidentally, my iron pills ran out about a month ago), so I’m hoping with a few weeks of liquid iron, I’ll be on the up and up. I had a CBC (no ferritin) done right after mono, so not sure my doctor will order another test. But I’ll probably go in just to discuss, whether the fatigue and slugginess might possibly be due to something else.
Whatever is going on, it was easy to take a mini-break from running and I didn’t feel the least bit guilty about it!
Anyway, here’s the week:
Mon: 9 easy with Jasmine on trails
Tue: 8 with 6 x :25 strides
Thu: 8 with 5k in 20:42. First mile was 6:29 and felt faster, but when I couldn’t help slowing down to 6:40+ throughout the rest of the race, the feeling felt so familiar. Based on training, I should be about a minute faster overall, but I don’t care that much about that. I just want to race and feel good doing it and not suffer from narcolepsy when not running! Frustrating, but probably an easy fix.