It’s been a long time since I’ve written anything. Training for this marathon has been a real challenge. The mileage hasn’t been much of an issue but it turns out that I managed to end up with “iron depletion.”My iron levels are fine but I’m low on stored iron. For most people this isn’t a problem at all but for a serious endurance athlete (which I still have trouble considering this of myself) it is a problem. Unfortunately most Doctors will not know this because they don’t treat atheletes and therefore assume you are like everyone else. My ferritin level (which is a measure of stored iron) was right at the bottom of the normal range. Again that’s normal for a sedentary person. Not someone that’s running 60-70 miles per week.
My runs suffered. I suffered. My family suffered. Looking at my log you can see my running gradually got slower and slower. I lost motivation and was pretty miserable.
I’ve been taking iron pills for almost 3 weeks now and I can’t believe the improvement. I feel like I’m myself again! For the last two weeks I’ve cut back on training. I’ve also lost some key training time due to illness. Still, I have to believe that I have enough in “the training bank” to buy myself a Boston Qualifying time in Vegas. I ran an awesome half marathon in September and I’m feeling good when I run now.