I know I've talked about it before, but I truly believe that giving blood takes it's toll on my running (biking, exercise) performance for at least a week. This week I gave blood on Tuesday afternoon. They started to take it out of my left arm and the blood started coming out - about 3-4 inches worth then it stopped, not to a trickle - just stopped. The 'nurse' fiddled with it - moving the needle around in my arm (ouch!) - to no avail. She had her supervisor come over who did the same thing until it looked like a little gum ball was developing under my skin and decided it best to pull out. Since I was already there I offered up my right arm, which I found out she was only able to do because I had rounded up and said I weighed 120. I guess if they take 35cc of blood out of you they can't start over if you weigh l19 or less. So, we flip the chair around and start again - this time with success. I felt fine upon completion. I got up and had a sugar cookie, some grapes and a diet caffeine free Pepsi before heading back to work for the last 30 minutes of the day. I started feeling a little light headed and decided it best not to work out. Once I got home I took off the bandages they gave me and saw how mangled both my arms looked. They both had knots and bruising - I am a lovely druggie - lol! Even after three days I am still rocking some purple/green/yellow patches the size of quarters.
So, like I said, no running Tuesday. Wednesday just ended up being too busy (painting - blah!). Yesterday I got myself ready and headed out - only to get 2 miles in and feel like passing out. I decided this was not a good thing to happen while I was running alone at dusk so I headed home. I maybe made it 3 miles (out of the 6 I had intended). I think it's just something I need to accept if I want to continue to give?!? I've done all I know to do - drank lots of water before and after and just not pushed myself too much. *Sigh* - to do the right thing; the generous, caring, helpful thing or to be selfish and keep my runs at full throttle...
We know that I will continue to give, and to complain when I can't knock out the mileage or the speed post drainage and that's OK.
So, riding to work this week and the weather today is SUPER! Get out there and RIDE!