Posted: Yesterday at 16:02
Tommo81 - iron problem was caused by (a) being a long-distance runner, and (b) being a woman. It was low ferritin rather than haemoglobin, which they don't normally test for (and runners need more than normal people anyway), so was probably also (c) borderline on the low side for ages, especially as I used to be a blood donor. The solution was taking ferrous fumarate in sufficient doses for several months.
I actually never take a drink with me when I run (except for track sessions, when I get a dry mouth between reps) and I also don't take any money because by the time I'm near a shop it's probably within 2 miles of my house anyway. I've never actually got unbearably thirsty. Those of you who carry loads of water, do you actually drink it all (esp in winter)? Or do you end up bringing most of it back home? I remember when I used to take some water because I was training for my first marathon and thought I'd better get used to drinking while running, and I used to just put 200ml of water in the bottle because I didn't want to have to carry the rest.
SQ - my mileage probably more relevant to you than HA's as we've similar PBs; for London actually wasn't as low as I thought but 53mpw for the 12 weeks leading up to London, and a few weeks getting from 0 to 30 before that. I managed 2:58 (and a 1:26 half in the build-up) but it was hard work!