Yeah for the weekend!
Thankfully this week went by pretty fast. . . . only 44 more days until summer vacation!!
With the 3 inches of snow we had yesterday, the roads and sidewalks were covered in loose snow this morning on my run, which made traction hard to come by.
I did get out for a decent 5 mile run this morning but only managed an average pace of 9 minutes per mile because of the snow. I can’t wait for the days of dry pavement, so I can get back to my 8 minute miles instead.
I don’t often have the same breakfast two days in a row, but I couldn’t resist making another bowl of hot oatmeal for myself this morning.
And some iced decaf coffee that was oh so delicious! I love iced coffee with my oats!
Each morning, after eating my breakfast, I take a Women’s One-A-Day multivitamin.
I haven’t always taken a multivitamin because I’ve had a pretty balanced diet since college. Yet without this daily supplement, I have discovered my running suffers. Here’s my story. . . .
While in college, I ran cross country my sophomore – senior year and track my junior and senior year. I loved training and competing with my closest friends, and some of my fondest memories stem from the training runs we did, the grueling 6 a.m. track workouts, and all the good conversations and laughs we shared together.
During the junior year of cross country, I was really starting to develop myself as a runner. I had logged 400 miles over the summer and came back to school with a solid mileage base. As the season progressed, I continued to get stronger and my 5K PR (personal record) started to drop.
Towards the end of the season—almost out-of-the-blue—I started to feel very winded when training and practicing. I struggled to complete workouts, a simple 4-miler felt 2-3 times as long, and racing was nearly impossible. Since the cross country season was about to wrap up, I figured I was just burnt out.
January brought the start of track and a fresh start, yet I still struggled with running and started questioning what was going on. My coach advised me to see a doctor and be treated for asthma. I was given an inhaler to try and used it prior to practice—and as needed—but it didn’t seem to make a difference. I didn’t feel any better, and my breathing was still labored. I tried three different inhalers, but nothing did the trick.
The doctor then suggested being tested by a pulmonary specialist, so one day I went in, blew into a tube several times to test my lung capacity, but the results said I was normal.
Next possible cause?. . . .allergies. The results: I am (was?) allergic to dust mites, mold, and grass. What? How am I going to avoid these things; they are everywhere! And grass? I am a cross country and distance runner training outside every day!
I was given more medication but still felt winded after one lap around the track or simply climbing a flight of stairs!
Track ends, summer break begins, and I head home for the summer. Still struggling with my breathing, I have an x-ray done on my lung, an EKG (electrocardiograph), and blood work—everything comes back saying that I am normal.
I do my best to train that summer for my senior year of cross country but every run literally leaves me gasping for air.
Sadly, there was no relief for my senior year of cross country and track. I was left dropping out of a race, getting last place, and frustrated beyond belief. Thankfully, I had the most supportive teammates one could ask for who encouraged me and cared about me nonetheless.
Not to make a long story any more longer, these breathing problems continue throughout the next year, but I continued to run as much as I could—going through ebbs and flows of feeling okay to feeling completely winded.
I don’t even remember how it happened, but for whatever reason, one spring day, I decided to start taking a multivitamin. Literally within a week, my lung capacity went from zilch to feeling as though the heavy plate of armour was lifted off! I could finally breathe!
It took me a while to figure out what had exactly happened, but it turned out I had been iron-deficient and the multivitamin was now providing my body with enough iron to transport necessary oxygen to my lungs and the rest of my body for running!
It was such a breakthrough for me! After all that frustration, I was now able to run again—the one passion in my life I know I won’t ever be able to give up!
I have been very careful to select a multivitamin that does not contain toxic levels or exceed the upper tolerable limit of and vitamin or mineral.
The Women’s One-A-Day multivitamin is my favorite because there is only one vitamin (Vitamin D) that has a daily value higher than 100%. And actually Vitamin D is recommended to be taken in higher doses during the winter months anyhow—especially in Alaska.
As you can see, all the other vitamins and minerals top out at 100%.
Edited to add: This is my story, and by no means, am implying that you should start taking a multivitamin. Each person is different and requires different levels of nutritients depending upon your diet.
I use my multivitamin to fill in any gaps for the day—not as a means to obtain all the necessary levels of vitamins and minerals for the day.
Do you take a multivitamin?
Do you take any other supplements?