13.1 mile run to Valhalla again

Screenshot from 2013-10-19 09:27:04I love saying “I ran to Valhalla”. I did it again. And again, no, I am not crazy, I mean the town here in New York, not the grand hall in Asgard in Norse mythology where warriors go after dying in battle.

I managed to run 13.1 miles to Valhalla yesterday, 19 days after running the marathon, and 3 days after donating a pint of blood. This is my first almost long run after donating. Mostly due to the blood donation, it took me 2 hours and 18 minutes to complete this run, much slower than usual. I’m far from anemic, but I could feel an obvious difference, especially when running up hills. I felt weaker than I usually do while running this distance, and also had this weird, hard to describe feeling much of the way. My speed suffered as a result, and I dropped the balls more than usual.

I am currently eating a lot of iron rich foods to replenish my lost red blood cells. Within a week, or 2 weeks the most, I should be back to normal(I think it is safe to say I am fully recovered from the marathon, this isn’t an issue for me anymore). Still, it feels great knowing that my blood was used to help some sick people.

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9 responses to “13.1 mile run to Valhalla again

  1. Dark green leafy vegetables and beans are especially good sources of iron. Just make sure you are eating foods containing vitamin C along with foods containing iron for better absorption. Also 2 Tbsp of organic blackstrap molasses has 7.2 mg of iron. You probably know all that, just thought I’d share anyways 😉 Great job!

    • Thanks Abby! I originally intended to make a list of some iron rich plant foods in that post, but didn’t have the time, then I forgot about it.

      I also had this feeling that one of my fellow vegans would save the day, and there you are, right on cue, all vegan and sparkly. So thanks again.

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