Friday, July 13, 2012

B12, Iron and Yoga

I have to admit, my Long Beach Marathon training hasn't exactly been pleasant.  Luckily, I still have several months for things to turn around but as of right now, I am not digging it.  I decided this will be the last time I train for a marathon in the summer.  Winter training is far more desirable in my book.  My training for Boston was great (until I had that stupid injury).  My training for Surf City was basically perfect and the race was in February.  Don't get me wrong, San Diego is not nearly as hot as most places in the summer.  We don't see 90 degree days and humidity barely exists here.  Regardless, the sun is brutal and I am a wimp.  I said it.  I hate cold weather and I hate hot weather.  Thank god I live in southern California or I'd be screwed!

I have come to accept the fact that I will probably never be that hard-core runner that wakes up at 5:30 AM every Saturday to beat the heat on a long run.  It just isn't going to happen.  I have spent the last several months setting my alarm for 5:30 AM to no avail.  My alarm clock ringtone is a screeching "Cocka-doodle-doo!" on repeat and I still don't wake up.  In reality, I wake up way later, look out the window, see the sun blazing, and I hit the treadmill. I thoroughly enjoy my time on the old 'mill but it's far from ideal.  My long runs are suffering because I can't drag my butt out of bed.  In the past, I was at least able to wake up by 7am, but even that seems impossible these days. 

So, why can't I get myself out of bed? It's not sheer laziness.  I have been feeling extremely fatigued lately for no good reason.  I can wake up at 11am and go back to bed for a nap a few hours later.  That doesn't seem quite normal.  I used to be anemic years ago, and I took an iron supplement to get me back on track.  I should have never stopped taking it, but I did.  I realized that I have not been taking my B12 supplement either.  Well, hello!  Once I realized this, I immediately hopped back on the B12 and Iron bandwagon.  Maybe it's a placebo effect, but I already feel so much better.  My energy levels have increased.  I don't feel the need to nap every hour.  I was able to wake up early on Sunday to surf and on Monday to run.  And my run was actually enjoyable for a change!

In addition to taking my supplements again, I have also returned to my beloved yoga practice.  I was having a terrible time "fitting it in" but I finally decided I needed to make time for it because it is equally as important as running.  I found a new studio that I love, Mosaic Institute, with passionate teachers and a warm, welcoming vibe.  I was crazy about my last yoga studio but my favorite instructors have all moved on, so it was time to find something new.  Angela and I have a weekly Friday night yoga date at Mosaic and I am already looking forward to tonight's practice.

I am hoping with a regular yoga practice and my nutrition in check, marathon training will begin to improve.

How is your summer training coming along?  

Do you wake up early to beat the heat?  

Any tips or tricks for summer training?


  1. As you know, I live in the desert, so there is no running if I don't get up early. It's so much a part of me now that I don't even think about it.

    After training for the St. George marathon a few years back (um, 12 years!), through the worst summer ever out here (it was like 100 and humid at 4 am!), I swore I'd never do another fall marathon. Of course now I coach cross country so I'm out there with the kids, but at least there are no 20 milers involved.

    Don't skip that B12! That can cause lasting damage for a vegan. I know you know that, but thought I'd just emphasize it anyway. It's so important because we don't get it through our diet.

    Are you doing any races this summer? My hubby is announcing the Big Money run, which is in Vista on August 11. To me, running in San Diego is like running in heaven, so I might do the half marathon.

    Have a great time at yoga.

    1. I know, I am such a wimp! San Diego is cold compared to where you live!

      I am doing the San Diego Women's Half Marathon simply because registration was only $20 for a limited time so I thought, why not? What distance is the Big Money Run? Maybe I should do it!

      Thanks for the B12 lecture. Sometimes I need a kick in the butt!

  2. I feel you 100 percent on the supplements. I thought I was doing everything right - eating well, staying active, sleeping 8+ hours a night...but I was still feeling EXHAUSTED! I started taking an iron supplement and within a week, I felt things start to perk up. Now I'm looking for a vegetarian B-12 (since I don't get much in a meatless diet) to see if that improves things further. Seriously, maybe it's placebo - maybe not - but it sure is nice!

  3. With the heat waves we've been having in WI, I've traded in my running shoes for my yoga mat. I just cannot stand running in the heat and humidity one bit. Glad you've returned your yoga practice, having instructors and a studio you truly enjoy can make all the difference!

  4. I haven't had a problem waking up early to beat the heat on the weekends but I have had the extremely exhausted feeling this whole week and my training has been almost non existent because of it. I was beginning to think I was maybe a little under the weather. But part of the problem is probably that I've been dealing with it by drinking more caffeine which is not good. I have never been anemic even though I'm vegetarian but I have noticed that when I drink an emergenC it makes me feel better and that has B12 so maybe that's my problem... hmmm

  5. I never, ever run in the morning- as a teacher I'm up early already and my weekends and summers are sacred sleeping in time. Total treadmill girl!

  6. As a vegan you need to supplement your B-12 - especially as an athlete. Good for you to get back with it! I suppose it would be silly for mee to suggest a TSH, but still...when my thyroid levels are low I often have that "Can't get out of bed" feeling.

    1. Maybe I should have my thyroid checked! I have been losing a lot of hair lately... Hmmmm.

  7. Oh! I can't imagine summer training for a full marathon. :( That said, I'm finding early morning coastal runs to take the edge off the heat. Or trying to get in a longer set of miles in the morning when it's cooler (even at 7!) and then do a few more in the evening in the heat.

  8. I'm not so good at getting up super early either. ugggh. We don't get too hot of weather here so that isn't a huge concern. Love these yoga pictures...who took them?? Makes me want to go do yoga.

  9. This post resounded with me. I need to get back on the supplements, and can't get up in the morning. FL heat = summer dreadmill.
    Good to know I am not the only one going through this.

  10. yes summer training in miami is retarded, if i didn't want to do this race so badly...gah. doesn't matter how early i get up.

    i wonder if getting in more yoga time would give me more energy...hmm I may try this!

  11. I am definitely not a morning person. It works out because my husband likes to use the mornings to workout, so it's like I'm really being nice to not compete for that time (with making sure the kids have a supervisor) when in reality it wouldn't happen anyway. I can manage one early day a week for my weekend long run.

    I need more legit yoga. Our gym mostly offers body flow, and it is just not the same!

    Staying on the iron is huge for me too! I'm not vegetarian, but all the foot pounding just depletes my resources majorly. Do you ever use nutritional yeast? We get the huge containers and sprinkle it on everything. My sister eats it by the spoonful and calls it nutch for short. So I call her the nutch ninja. She really is.

  12. Yoga is energy giver and it also calm all body and mind.Person feel relaxed after this.

  13. Running and yoga are my favourite workouts, too.
    I hear you about the marathon training in the summer. I don't like it either. I did way better training over the winter (Pacific Northwest) for a June run than I did training for a fall run.
    I'm a vegetarian and always have to stay on top of iron and B12, too. Glad you're feeling better.
    My Running Shortz

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