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Feeling the growl again
"If you want to be a bad a$s, then do what a bad a$s does. There's your pep talk for today. Go Run." -- Slo_Hand
I am spaniel - Crusher of Treadmills
...the last thing i need to be feeling is tired and bogged down because of my stupid iron!
The problem is that for the average American to present with anemia, they pretty much have to be passing out and light-headed all the time
You're probably a vegan right?
you can burn out your adrenals by so much running
I'm running somewhere tomorrow. It's going to be beautiful. I can't wait.
The wierd thing is that running is what overcomes the fatigue. At least for a few hours, if I can force myself to get out for a run I will feel better and the fatigue will go away....
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I'm bumping an old thread because I'm wondering if there is any consensus on how high ferritin levels should be in runners? I was at 10 last year and have brought it back up to 53. My hg and hct are always right at the lower edge of normal (12.2 and 37.5). They never really go up, and I've never be more than marginally under the lower limit of normal. Do I keep supplementing? I don't get any clear answers from various docs, so internet strangers seem like my best source of information. : )
(One says she likes see a ferritin of 100 in everyone, but she's kind of crazy and I don't believe anything she says. One says ferritin doesn't matter if the CBC is fine, and low-normal on the CBC is still normal. One says I'm now normal so I shouldn't worry about it. I think I probably know too many health professionals). I am definitely glad to not be actively symptomatic anymore. I don't really miss that 'wow am I going to pass out' feeling. I think that went away by the time I hit ferritin of about 20.
Great post, Spaniel. Thank you.
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Heh. deja vu. Especially since I started on iron again.
IIRC ferretin in the 70-80s is decently in the normal range. In the 20s-30s it will likely affect your running.
Premenopausal women with low iron issues may need to maintain supplementation as they lose iron every month. Men are more at risk of their levels building up. Except me, apparently.
They give "normal" ranges but everybody is different. If your hemoglobin levels are at a certain point and never really go up even though you keep taking iron, that may be your natural set point. Simply taking iron will not necessarily push up your hemoglobin.