Turning A Corner

When I first suspected I was anemic and then when I found out that I was, my biggest question was how long until I feel better?!? From talking with friends and former athletes who were anemic, it sounded like I should feel better quickly but I was skeptical and I couldn’t find any big research studies that quantified HOW much better I should feel.

The great news is that I feel SO much better and in even more exciting news, my paces are dropping with every workout. As I look back over my training log, the worst of my symptoms were during the beginning of September. On the 10th, I struggled through 800s, on the 15th through Ks and on the 17th I only did 2/3rds of a tempo workout because I felt so horrible. I started iron on September 24th and by the following week, I was already feeling better.

Here’s a couple examples of what three weeks of iron supplements have done in identical workouts:

  • 800s at I pace: in September, I struggled to hold 2:57 pace. Last week, with the remnants of a chest cold, I cruised at 2:49 pace.
  • 3 by 2 miles at T pace. In September, I didn’t even finish this workout but my first two pairs were 6:37, 6:44 and 6:42, 6:48. Last week, I finished the workout and my pairs were (6:22, 6:25) (6:15, 6:25) (6:21, 6:19).
  • Tempo Miles: The last time I did this workout, my tempo miles averaged 6:28 pace. This week, they were 6:08 pace.

Onward and upward!

2 thoughts on “Turning A Corner

  1. FoxRunsFast

    Can I just tell you how excited I am to see the iron kicking in for you!?!? Those paces are amazing! I am thrilled that things are on the up-and-up for you – I know it must have been so frustrating to be putting in the work (especially when you were also working your crazy schedule) and see paces that didn’t accurately reflect where you thought you were. So hurray for iron supplementation!! Can’t wait to see what you can do once you get that iron level even higher. Woo hoo!

    1. Runner Under Pressure Post author

      Thanks so much! I’m pretty thrilled too. Still feel a little stupid that I missed this for a while but grateful that I’m feeling better and that even though I was miserable, my body was doing its job to get me more fit.


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