Iron deficiency anemia. (Thyroid’s fine — just beefy.) My ferritin levels, on the other hand, are LOW. I’ll get a copy of my labs today and write more about iron deficiency anemia, which is soooooooo common for female distance runners. But, right now, I wanted you to know that all is well down here in San Antonio — where it will be 80 degrees today. I’m relieved to have an explanation for feeling like I’ve been run over by a truck every day. (Really it’s been more like run over by a convoy of trucks.) I also feel really dumb for not putting the anemia puzzle together earlier. But, more than anything, I’m feeling a bit taxed by the mealtime-iron-pill-supplement calculations. You have to take iron on an empty stomach one hour before a meal or two hours afterwards — for it to be absorbed well. I’m taking three pills a day. Not all that hard to figure out, you’re thinking? Well, the same rules apply for caffeine. We’re talking huge dietary changes here people. How am I going to fit the lattes in? The soda stops at Bill Millers with my refillable mug? If I get up at 4am… It’s just all too complicated for me in my anemic state. 😉
Heading out to Bandera today one last time before the 10ok this morning. Can’t wait.