Nothing makes me grumpier than downtime from running, but that is exactly what I have chosen to do. After Sunday’s race debacle, I knew I needed some chilling, but wasn’t really sure how to go about it. I decided to pick the brain of a friend who is an experienced coach, doctor, and very strong runner. I figured he might be one of the best sources for ideas, and I feel pretty good about talking with him.
So, after he chastised me for even running the race, he went on to recommend some complete downtime from running–about a week was his suggestion, or until I’m not sore/tired anymore. Ok, I can do that. I told him that I have a forced week off starting next Thursday due to my LASIK appointment, and asked if might not sneak in a run or two just before that appointment. He laughed and commented, “spoken like a true runner.” His suggestion, however, was that I just roll one week into the next and really rest up. Not what I wanted to hear, but probably what I’ll do (ok, if I feel really good by next Wed, I might try a very short run knowing I’ll be off for a full week again).
While I’m breaking from running, my friend thought it would be ok for me to do some easy cycling and swimming. Now here’s where it always gets tricky for me. When I can’t run, I want to compensate by training hard in other things. Stupid, I know, but it’s how I’m wired. So I’ve been concentrating really hard on doing everything at a very easy, low heart rate level. So far, so good. I can’t afford to build up any lactic acid in these legs right now.
On the anemia front–I’ve been supplementing with copper. Why copper and not iron? My type of anemia is thallessemia (a genetic blood disorder) and iron is actually contra-indicated. One of copper’s jobs in our bodies is helping red blood cells, much like iron. Last year when I saw the sock doc for my ITB syndrome, he found I was copper deficient. After supplementing for a couple of months at that time, I had my blood drawn again and saw my best hematocrit count yet, a 42. So after consulting with him, I decided to try the copper again and see if makes a difference.
All I can tell you is that right now, I’m still stinking tired. I want to nap every day, want to sleep in every day (want but don’t do) and I’m dragging. I don’t like feeling this way at all. Just to have my normal energy levels back will be a gift, so I’m hoping my two-pronged approach will work and work quickly.
Have you ever been anemic? Ever overtrained?