When I met with my group for the first week of marathon training, I mentioned it to one of the coaches who is also a registered dietitian, and she urged me to go get my bloodwork tested.
But my fatigue issues got pushed to the back burner soon when I experienced a minor knee injury that put me completely out of commission for about a week.
And soon after getting back on track, I came down with a nasty cold that I had to push through as best as I can. Of course I was exhausted, but hey, I was trying to run through a cold...who wouldn't be exhausted?
Fast forward to the past two weeks. I have been running fairly strong with no injuries and no colds (knock on wood!) I've been getting in all my miles and finished two long runs so I was pretty pleased with myself....but I still just felt pretty wiped. Sure my pace is slow - but hey, my legs are tired from all of that marathon training, right? And I might have felt very lightheaded after an easy run or two...but it's the summer, no biggie. But I made an apt to see my doctor anyways to have some blood work done last Friday, just in case.
Well good thing I went in - turns out I am indeed iron deficient! It's very common in female runners, especially as we build up our mileage (apparently we need up to 30 percent more iron than the average person.)
The doctor recommended some supplements as a short-term solution....
|Three cheers for the supplements that will make me feel normal again!|
Honestly, I'm just relieved that there is an answer to why I've been feeling the way I have been...and more importantly, an easy solution. Hopefully I can start making these diet changes now, so come marathon day, I can flyyyy. Watch out New York....I'm coming for you!