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Giving blood before mary. (Read 200 times)

Future running partner.

    I'm giving blood this Saturday, through my church. Confused I am little worried about 2 things. 1. I am running my first marathon on 11/2 (5 weeks). Although I am just running to finish, I want to feel good when I finish. Should I expect a slower time, or am I just going to feel like crap? 2. My longest run to date has been 18.5 miles. Sunday I am scheduled to run 3:40 which should be at least 20 miles. I then have one more long run on the Oct 12, of about 22 miles before my marathon. Can I afford to/should I skip Sundays long run? Or should I attempt to do it next weekend and then the 22 miler the weekend after that. I won't be able to do it during the week, because I don't have time. Unless I take a day off work. I don't really want to cancel my blood donation, cause its with my church and I'd feel bad.

    A Saucy Wench

      The marathon should be ok, the long run - not so much. I think it is a bad idea to attempt 20 the day after a blood donation.

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        Any way you can move your 20 miler to Saturday before you donate?

        MM# 4597 / HF #941


          I'm giving blood this Saturday, through my church.
          Ah. Giving blood before Mary. Got it. I really like the idea of trying to get your 20ish in BEFORE you give. After may not go so well. 5 weeks is a fair amount of time and you should be better... but you'll have a bit of time where you are recovering. This will impact your training a wee bit and that may (not will... MAY) impact race day. Just take it easy.


          Future running partner.

            Well, I didn't have time to do a long run before giving blood. My appointment was pretty early. I did manage a semi long run on Friday then a 1hr run just before the appt. Today, I was going to see if maybe I could do about 11 miles, but even that was not happening Black eye . Not even a mile into my run, I could already tell this run was really going to suck. It was one of the longest 4 miles I've ever run. On Friday I am off so I think I will try to do my 20 miler then. That will give me about 9 days until the next and last 20+ run. I want to try to do 2hrs tomorrow , hopefully things will be getting back to normal. Thanks for the advice. You all are very right!