After taking iron tablets for one week I did Temple Newsam parkrun again and managed to gain 40 seconds over last week. I didn’t really feel like trying too hard this morning which makes the 40 seconds even more significant! The sting in the tail though is that I now have to stop taking the tablets for 5 days to enable tests to see why I’m anaemic in the first place.
I’m philosophical though because a week is not a long time and I am very grateful for what modern medicine and the NHS has done for me. Thinking about it, my heart problems alone would have put paid to my running back in 2012 and if my thyroxine deficiency wasn’t treated I’d also be in a pretty sorry state.
Despite all this and not looking forward to my visit to the Leeds General Infirmary next week, I am doggedly getting on with my training for the Great North Run. This includes a 10 miler tomorrow and a 10K race next weekend (Escrick). The 10 tomorrow will take me to 50 miles for the month which is half way to my goal at less than half way through the month!
“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12 NIVUK