Anyone have any experience with this?
I have a history of iron-deficiency anemia, but had not been tested recently. Got a test few days ago and found out that I'm quite anemic again.
I've noticed that in the past year with running I don't seem to have built endurance as quickly as others. Since hemoglobin is the method that oxygen is circulated throughout the body, I wondered if low hemoglobin would affect running performance. A quick google search and I found some talk from runners about anemia affecting performance.
Just wondered if anyone has had experience with this. While I don't feel especially exhausted while running, I have just noticed that even though I've been running several times a week for almost a year, I don't feel like my performance has improved much in the past six months. I think I would still have a hard time finishing a 5k-- I used to think it was my weight, but I see others at higher weights who seem to have good endurance.
Now I'm wondering if anemia might be partly to blame.