On I went, out of the wood, passing the man leading without knowing I was going to do so. Flip-flap, flip-flap, jog-trot, jog-trot, curnchslap-crunchslap, across the middle of a broad field again, rhythmically running in my greyhound effortless fashion, knowing I had won the race though it wasn't half over, won it if I wanted it, could go on for ten or fifteen or twenty miles if I had to and drop dead at the finish of it, which would be the same, in the end, as living an honest life like the governor wanted me to. -Alan Sillitoe, "Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner"

Monday, August 30, 2010

Notes on my health (not my legs this time!)

First off, Deena Kastor's not going to be running the marathon this November because she's pregnant.  Who knew?  I can't help but read that article and wonder if maybe the baby was an unexpected blessing.  None of my business.  Good for her, and this brings me THAT MUCH closer to winning.  Ha ha.  My hopes are on Shalane Flanagan. 

Second off, everyone had good long runs this weekend.  Except me.  Because I'm not running.  I hate to call out another blogger publicly, but I am freaking JEALOUS of Mrs. Duffy.  I kept waiting for that corner-turning point, and I was sensing it, and then I stopped running before I got there.  

So, my health: You know what makes me sad?  I miss spinach.  That makes me sad.  I'm mostly down with the fact that I have to monitor (effectively limit) my Vitamin K intake because of my blood thinners, but every now and then I see someone with a giant spinach salad - or, yum, cooked spinach with BACON - and I get annoyed.  Because I want it.  Because I love spinach.

In the grocery store the other day, I actually heard myself say, "I would rather die than not eat spinach."  Melodrama much?

If the recently approved generic lovenox means lower prices, I will give myself shots of blood thinners twice a day so that I can eat spinach again.  Then I could also have babies, which I can't do on coumadin.  But I'm not so much into the whole baby thing.

While I'm on my health, my iron levels are up again.  I've taken my iron pills consistently for the past few months and my ferritin is above 100!  (It dipped down into the single digits once, hovered in the teens for a while, and then went up into the low 30s for a brief time.)  So I'm iron-fine!  Just in time for foot strike hemolysis to pound the iron out through the soles of my feet...  Once I start running again, that is.

Yeah.  I promise I'll talk about running again soon.  Maybe even tomorrow... when I have a special treat for you: my sister/coach guest blogs!


  1. Poor you! I love spinach! But on the other hand...getting sick isn't really an option, so: step away from the spinach!

  2. I'm sorry. :( Sending good healing vibes to you.

    Do you wear orthotics, or is that even appropriate for you (IE, do you even over pronate)? I have over-the-counter ones for about $30 that a podiatrist told me to get when I had PF last year. I accidentally discovered them to be a big band-aid for the shin splints. Obviously there are underlying strength issues that I still need to address, but they took enough pressure off that running is once again enjoyable and not causing further injury.

    I remember you mentioning super-tight calves at one point - I also have super-tight calves. And they work for me. So it might be worth a look.

    Good luck!!!!!!!

    PS is swiss chard ok for you to have? Because that is also the bomb and a good spinach substitute.

  3. ahh - I'm thinking of doing the same thing with generic lovenox. I'm so tired of the ups and downs that are my INRs - it stresses me out and drives me bananas! I'm not sure how much $$ the generic lovenox will be (or is?) but I'm going to invistigate. Let me know what you find out and I'll do the same!

  4. No swiss chard. It's all the delicious dark green stuff. I can have it, I just have to maintain consistent amounts of it (which basically means I can't have it since I'm ridiculously inconsistent in my eating habits).

    And Kelly, I'll let you know for sure. My primary care doctor has actually argued that I should just go with lovenox, cost be damned, but my hematologist has said to deal with the INR issues. I wish I had the machine at home to do my own blood work!

  5. Glad your iron is fine and for your sake, I hope you get to eat spinach again soon, too Tracy!