Thursday, May 3, 2012

Three Things Thursday

1. I mentioned in my April recap that running has been a struggle for the last few weeks. What I didn't mention is just how tired I've felt. As in, go home from work, eat dinner, and go directly to bed tired. Get 9+ hours of sleep and do the same thing again the next day. I had a physical on Monday and I got the news yesterday that I am anemic due to extremely low iron levels (something my coach suggested about two weeks ago).  There are so many things I want to say about this such as warning signs I ignored (or attributed to other causes) and why I ended up here, but it will have to wait until I have time to write a coherent post. Which should happen when I have a bit more energy and can stay up past 8:30. In the meantime, I'll be taking these magic pills on a daily basis.

2. Yesterday I went to Fleet Feet in Adams Morgan and picked up my bib for Sunday's race. I think it's great that the Frederick Running Festival does these remote pick ups. They were in a different location each day this week and yesterday was DC. It was definitely one of the reasons I decided to run this race since the idea of driving up to Frederick twice in one weekend (or paying for a hotel room) was pretty unappealing. It's always nice when races get these kind of logistics right!

3. As usual, the predicted weather for Sunday has been changing every day. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like we are going to enjoy the overcast cool weather that was around last weekend, but we are going to avoid the crazy high temperatures that are around right now. The current prediction is high of 72, low of 52 and humidity at a lovely 73%. Fortunately the race starts at 7:00, but I'm sure the 50s won't stick around for too long. I'm pretty sure I know what I'm going to wear, but I've decided to take an informal poll.

At what temperature (and/or level of humidity) would you switch from this outfit:

To this one:

I don't generally run in just a sports bra, even in the middle of summer, and this would be my first time ever doing it in a race (if that's the outfit I pick). But if it will improve my comfort level, I'm willing to try it.


Sarah said...

I love races that give you different pack pick up locations. It's always such a hassle to pick them up when they are far away.

I would go with the tank top, but that's just me.

Victoria said...

I used to have low iron. Make sure that your hemoglobin AND hemocrit are getting tested, otherwise you don't know if the issue has been resolved.

(If you aren't already on hormonal birth control, that may or may not help address contributing issues)

Jessica Karazsia (@irun26at8) said...

I am so glad you got it figured out! Eat lots of spinach and quinoa.

I'm the worst at picking out what to wear to run. I always wear too much. I think the most important thing is to make sure you are comfy. If you are comfy running in the sports bra top - go for it! Run fast to avoid the heat! :)

KateKirk said...

Once you are my age, running in a bra would be for the nuclear holocaust only. Hot AND kinda flamey.

For you spritely younguns, though, running in a bra seems to be for when it's 75+ AT 7am, a longer distance where it starts at 50 but rises to the day's high during your event, or 80+ any time. I have a hard time seeing you being uncomfortable in a light tank when you'll start in the 50s and finish before it's likely to hit 70.

But hey, you look good in the bra and that might enter into the decisionmaking too.

AKA Darkwave, AKA Anarcha, AKA Cris. said...

45 or above = sports bra. 40-45, it's a judgement call.

Elizabeth said...

Sports bra.

As for the anemia, I don't think you will like the side effects of those pills. I was anemic in high school and took the iron and the constipation aspect was pretty bad. The ultimate solution for me was going on the Birth Control Pill. This could be TMI for a blog, but the Pill makes you bleed less and lose fewer blood cells. I have been fine ever since. :-)

Beth said...

I was SO HAPPY that I went with the sports bra for National.... until I looked at the pictures. I guess decide whether comfort or vanity is more important :)

And I wasn't kidding about oreos having lots of iron. I'm just looking out for your health!

Rachel said...

glad to hear you figured out what was going on and are on the path to feeling better. i think you can rock either of those outfits! that being said, i think i'd be too chicken to do the sports bra for a race : / good luck!

Anonymous said...

Oh! I wish you had worn the sports bra! I have yet to see the new mizuno ones in action!!!! Next time! :)

Can't wait to read the anemia post!