After a year of struggling really hard with running and training I took a decent break because I thought I was burned out. Now that I'm back at it I realized I still have no energy. That's been typical for all of 2019 but I didn't really think about it too much. I'm overweight so I made assumptions. I recently got a new doctor and after blood tests we found I have an iron deficiency, there are no iron reserves in my body. The solution is 3 months of (spendy) supplements. Big shoutout to my benefits company for not covering them.
If you are a plant based female athlete (hello) apparently this is not uncommon. I'm glad I know what it is now as opposed to thinking I simply can't run anymore. Now I can fix it. Symptoms include depression, very low energy, dizziness, increased heart rate and shortness of breath during exercise. I had all of those but never made a connection.
I honestly don’t know if I can take on the races I have coming up. Today was particularly difficult, I couldn’t even walk 5k. To get through the work day I have to sleep for an hour at lunch. I used to strength train and run at lunch, right now I can’t even face my yoga class.
I can’t wait to see some results. Any results.
Have you ever experienced this?