Saturday, March 13, 2010

Deprivation Overload

As I have mentioned, we added another member to our family and we are blessed to have a happy, healthy, baby girl. I thought I had the parenting thing figured out but I forgot about the sleepless nights. My motivation is wavering due to my lack of no sleep. Recovery takes longer, my diet is a joke, and when I do have free time, I'm thinking relax not workout. As a result I had no February training plan.  My next event is the Azalea Trail Race Run, March 29. I'm going continue to run as frequently as possible, watch my diet, and work on my March plan. Oh and SLEEP! 

February Follow up

Ran 12 miles (in 6 workouts)
11:12 average pace (pathetic)
Total of 2 hours and 6 minutes of training.

As told in the introduction, February was a war between sleep and training. Guess who won... Good news is March is looking better and I am excited about the results from my Cram Training. (More on this later)

Iron Man

I gave blood today and I felt REALLY good afterward. So good in fact that I was a little suspicious of the reason. So I did a little research...

While iron is a necessary nutrient, it is needed only in small amounts. When too much iron is absorbed from the diet, it can cause a wide variety of health problems. High levels of iron are associated with an increased risk for cancer, heart disease, and other illnesses such as endocrine problems, arthritis, diabetes, and liver disease. Men absorb iron from the food that they eat, and  

once this iron is in the body it has essentially no way to get out. 

Periodic blood donation

should be considered as a way to remove excess iron and lower body iron levels.

What Is Iron Overload?

Iron overload occurs when, after many years, the body absorbs an abundance of iron that builds up in organ tissues such as the heart and/or liver. Iron overload is a serious chronic condition that must be properly diagnosed and treated. Undiagnosed iron overload can lead to hemochromatosis, which is potentially life-threatening. While the majority of hemochromatosis cases are genetic in origin, as mentioned, other non-genetic causes may be to blame. These can include complications from other blood disorders, chronic transfusion therapy, chronic hepatitis, and excessive iron intake.

What Are the Symptoms of Iron Overload or Hemochromatosis?

While there is no distinct set of symptoms that indicate iron overload, early symptoms of iron overload or hemochromatosis include:
  • Fatigue                 
  • Weakness            
  • Weight loss
  • Joint pain              
  • Abdominal pain
Other factors may influence the progression of hemochromatosis. These factors include:
  • Excess iron in the diet
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Vitamin C intake          
  • Infections
  • Iron lost through menstruation or blood donations
  • Environmental factors
In Conclusion: 
I don't know that I have excess Iron, Iron Overload or anything. I do know that I have some of the symptoms of Iron Overload and after giving blood today I felt great. I'm not a doctor nor is this any sort of scientific testimony. I had a great experience donating today, I looked for a possible explanation, and at least some of this makes sense. Maybe it is pride I feel for giving blood that may save lifes or maybe the production of new red blood cells triggered some euphoric sensation but regardless of the cause, I feel good. I'm not telling you to go out and buying leeches

or Leaches

but I do encourage you to donate blood and I bet you will feel good too.
    Thanks to Dr. Alex Vasquez for providing the research information
    Thanks to LifeSouth for a great blood donating experience

    And I thought my shins hurt...