I should probably start out by apologizing. Over the last few months, whether it be in my IG posts, tweets or blog posts, there has been a bit more of a negative vibe. Not in a mean sense, but more of a downer. It’s no secret that my results have taken a serious step back over the last 5 months and I have not been able to figure it out. It’s been incredibly frustrating and was beginning to take it’s toll on me.The turning point was my BQ race back in June. Since that time, I have not been able to hold a tempo. The furthest I think I made it was 5k, and that was mid July. It just became less and less since then. My long runs became more and more difficult and I had to pull back on my training for Erie in September. Erie was another huge issue, where 2 miles in I was in trouble and ran my slowest marathon ever by 10 minutes.
From there, I tried to rest up before my race in Detroit 6 weeks later rather than push it. I knew it was just for fun, so recovery was the goal. That race dropped my slowest marathon by another 15 minutes and led to some serious soul searching. I would then take 2 weeks off completely and over the course of the 6 weeks after Detroit, ran a total of 75km (46mi).
I thought the rest, the slow progression back into running would really help, but I could tell it hadn’t. I tried a tempo run one day for fun. I lasted 1km at goal marathon pace and had to stop. I knew something was wrong. It was confirmed at my Turkey Trot in Detroit when my 5k time dropped by 2 minutes.
It was after that 1km “tempo” that one friend suggested I get some blood tests done and have my iron checked. It made a lot of sense and I made an appointment for the next week. Then I got to sit and wait for 2 weeks for answers. In the mean time, I picked up a supplement with plenty of vitamin B’s and a bit of iron in it.
On Tuesday, I went in to get my results and they confirmed what my friend had suggested. My doctor told me I had a really low blood count and low iron. He recommended me for further testing to see why it’s happening and recommended taking iron supplements. I’m pretty sure I know what’s happening, but it’ll be good to get further tests just to be sure. He wasn’t specific about what iron supplements to take, but luckily I have enough friends who are pharmacists, nurses and doctors that were able to recommend what to take and what dosages.
Over the last few years, I’ve had some major things happen in my life that have caused me to not feel like myself. Every time it happens, it’s hard. It’s not something you get used to. This was no different. Knowing what’s causing the problem here makes all the difference though. I now know how to attack it, what to expect and that it’s not impossible.
Any time there’s an injury or a setback, the scariest thing is waiting to see how long we will be out. How long it will take to get back to normal. Although that still remains to be seen, I am confident that 2018 can still be a great year. Here’s to chasing down goals, no matter what that looks like.