Iron levels getting me down

I feel on the bench again. Just come back from the docs and she agrees with me that the reason why training is so hard at the moment is my iron levels have dropped again. Over the last few weeks running has got harder and harder. She says this is because as the ferrtin drops I have symptoms of aneamia. This makes it harder to run. Hopefully new tablets will help and I will be back up and literally running again. I just want to get out there and work on my 5km and speed. It's so frustrating the mind is willing but the body is weak.


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  • Really sorry to read that rfc, no wonder you've been finding it hard - our bodies need and use up iron stores when we exercise. Keep taking the tablets as the saying goes and hopefully you'll be up and at 'em. Best wishes!

  • Thanks I can't wait to feel that buzz again.

  • That's really hard..... Hang in there and eat lots of steak!!


  • Thanks I am on the spinach as well tonight. Pity I've made it with cream and garlic but needs must hehe.

  • Worth doing some research on iron uptake as it is complicated. It is as if the stuff will use any excuse to avoid actually being absorbed.

    Spatone, expensive sachets of Welsh rusty water, seems to get really good results for a lot of people who haven't done well on tablets.

  • I have iron anaemia too. I also have vitamin B12 anaemia. I often think it is mind over matter. Yes I feel drained and tired most of the time and struggle with breathing when doing a race pace run. but I think that it is better to run really slowly than not run at all. Don't give in to the anaemia, just take your time and do what feels right. I often find the endorphins help me with my energy levels after a run too!

  • I agree with you been out today and rather than a full 30 min broke it into 3 -1 km sections with a walk in between, that will help till the tablets kick in. I refuse to lose what I have gained so far. I should be picking up back to my normal soon. Thanks for the encouragement.

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