Hit a brick wall....


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07/11/2002 at 16:23
Try this.

Pig out with a Christmas size bar of Cadbury Fruit & Nut - all pound and a half of it - don't share it - all in one go.

You'll have such a guilt complex, you'll wont want to wait five minutes to get out there and run it off.

Keep repeating the medecine every two days.

If it doesn't work, put up a piccy of Billy Bunter, change your name to fatso, and come back here for more advice.
07/11/2002 at 16:25
Snoop? You haven't been working have you?
07/11/2002 at 16:27
Some of us have pay taxes to keep you civil servants in ur inflation proof pensions, Jon - washed them trousers yet?
07/11/2002 at 16:29
Like the thought of the Fruit & Nut.... (in one go?) this sounds like very scientific advice so I must give it a go! Thanks Snoopster!
07/11/2002 at 16:34
hey Dawg! I ain#t no civil servant!
07/11/2002 at 16:34
You're welcome fair maiden!
07/11/2002 at 20:13
Taking today and tomorrow off. If I don't, I dread to think what Brighton will be like!

To be honest to myself, I hve pushed myself pretty much to the limit over the last week or so, so a rest is what I need! Possibly still feeling groggy from being ill too
07/11/2002 at 20:16
Not compensating for not drinking i hope
Relaax man
07/11/2002 at 20:26
Hi Foxy

Am I right in guessing that you are a lady? If so, this may be relevant. I have had rubbish runs for the past 2 months. I thought that I was tired from some long training that I did in the summer, but resting for a few days didnt seem to help. Even short half hour runs are an effort. Trying to run at any kind of speed makes my legs burn and I feel terrible. Eventually I had a word with the coach at my club and he suggested that I may be anaemic. As luck would have it, I went to give blood yesterday, after giving with no problem 3 months ago, and was told that I couldnt give as my iron was too low. The nurse said it was ok for 'normal life' but too low to give blood (it was 11.5 and had to be 12)

When I looked on the internet for information, there was some good sites and they said that even a slight lack of iron from 'your' normal level (which has in the past, from blood being taken at pregnancy, been 14) will make a difference to running performance. One point I found very interesting was that lack of iron causes lactic acid to build up quicker, which may have been the burning pains in my quads?

Perhaps you should have an iron test?
08/11/2002 at 08:47

Thanks for posting this thread. It's good to read all this advice, all of it makes sense and I'm going to try and remember it for my next brick wall. It's interesting and comforting to know that my recent lack of enthusiasm has been mirrored by fellow Forumites all over the country.

Particularly like the advice about chocolate - does it have to be Fruit and Nut or would it be as successful with a LARGE bar of Toblerone?
08/11/2002 at 08:52
The test you need for iron deficiency is a Ferritin test, as well as testing your haemoglobin(11.5-13.5)
Mind you, iron tablets are dreadful to take.I cant do it
Anyone recommend a decent preparation?
08/11/2002 at 09:03
Hi Foxy,

Saran is probably spot on with the advice. I was told for many years that i had asthma and took all sorts of inhalers until it got to the stage could barely get upstairs, was sleeping all of the time, generally had no motivation for anything and did an 8 mile race in 1 hr 17. Eventually I made such a pest of myself at the doctors one bright spark decided he would take a blood sample and my blood count was 7. (Last time I did the same 8 mile race I did it in 53.22 having taken iron). Some of the symptoms are shortness of breath, dizzy spells and feeling tired and lethargic. It could also be that you have a virus in your system that just needs time to clear but the only way to confirm either is go to the docs. Also if this persists and you are not happy with the diagnosis then keep going back.

However one good point is that chocolate has loads of iron in it so go get that fruit n' nut bar!!!!
08/11/2002 at 10:07
It's something I have thought about and put it to the back of my head (stupid I know). I think you could have a very good point though and I will check it out! thanx

It is very reassuring to know that you're not the only one (as it feels) who goes through it and with all this good advice I know I'll/we'll get through it! and as for the chocolate - i just think the bigger the better.... [hee hee] - that should stop the G falling down!

the iron tablets? is it the size? (if so, I just shove them in anyhow!!)

Hill Runner,
If the iron tablets could make me run 8 miles in 53.22 - I'll have a lorry load ~(my time is probably more like yours when you're iron levels were extremely low...) - I'll give them a go and maybe I could be the next Paula.... [yeah in my dreams]

Thanks guys - I'm feeling so much better for it already and will be taking a little of all the advice and see where it gets me!
Watch this space....
08/11/2002 at 10:08
No, tummy trouble dear, wont go into it here, but not very nice
08/11/2002 at 10:47
Thought it just turned black..... should I just overdose on brocolli instead?
08/11/2002 at 11:05
very black, and runny
08/11/2002 at 11:12
Hi Foxy,

I remember on other threads, that both Hilly and Shattered Shins have mentioned a type of drink (could it just be water?) called Spatone. Apparently, it has lots of iron in it, and does the same job as tablets, but without the creative digestive side-effects. I believe the stuff is available in shops such as Holland and Barret.
08/11/2002 at 11:18
Thanks Hilde, I'll have a look for it this weekend... (that would force me to drink more water/fluids - like I should)

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