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Tuesdays I share a picture or event from our week that inspired me to write a post.
My Garmin Runner’s watch and I have been best buds for 7 years. I didn’t realize how long the two of us had been together until recently I went to turn it on during a Saturday morning run with my redhead runner and it wouldn’t stay on. My runner partner said “How long have you had that watch anyways?” which sparked one of those “lets see it was after…but before….” which ended in us figuring out I have had the watch 7 years that I think is a pretty good testimony to that fact that Garmin makes great running watches.
Yet, I won’t be buying another Garmin right now. I will eventually, but for now I am using an oldie but a goodie way to track my running.
For now I will be using my husband’s Timex iron man watch, which is on its 5th year. My son also has one of these watches that is on its 4th year. Both watches are on their original battery too. Amazing quality aside though, these Timex watches don’t do miles covered or how fast you cover them in, they just allow me to track the over all time I have been running.
Why am I going back to tracking time instead of distance? Here is why.
I have low iron levels once again. All my life I have struggled to keep my iron up at normal levels. Usually I can detect when it is getting low, but this time I was shocked when the nurse from my doctor office called and said that it was a 9 and that is pretty low iron reading. Not full blown anemia but inching towards it.
Then I began to think, and it hit me perhaps that is why I haven’t been able to run long this year without feeling tired all day afterwards.
I knew that my normal once a day multivitamin with Iron that I had been neglectful to take for a while was not going to be enough this time, and that running long was not going to help either.
So I switched to twice a day liquid iron supplement and geared down my weekly mileage. For now I have switched to just running for 30 minutes at a time, at whatever speed feels good to me that day. One day a week I might head out and do 50 minutes. I know that probably sounds like a lot of running to some but I normally like to fit in at least one run of 1 hr and 30 minutes and 2 runs of 60 minutes each week and I like to try and hit a certain mileage and speed within that time frame, so for me it is cutting back.
At first the competitive side of me HATED running with just a stop watch but now I kind of love it (did I just type that). I am no longer focused on speed and distance but on purely enjoying the run. I say hi more to people I meet and I have even stopped and taken pictures along the route. One day I even slowed down to a walk while typing out a draft for a blog idea that hit me on my note pad app.
What I am learning from all this is sometimes you have to roll with life and except the limitations it gives you and when you do you might find that some of them really aren’t that bad.
I know however I can’t bury the competitive side forever so I am doing what I can to get my iron back up and when it is I am going to celebrate with a new Garmin, because how can you beat 7 years of faithful service out of one watch!
(please note I am in no way a medical professional I am just sharing what I am trying to get my iron levels back up to normal, also iron is not a supplement you should take without medical supervision)