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!