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.

9 responses to “13.1 mile run to Valhalla again

  1. Anneque G. Malchien

    Good on you! Superman!

  2. 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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