Apparently sweat and iPods don’t play well together. Or maybe it’s just that I shouldn’t have shoved my iPod down my sports bra mid-way through the Baltimore 10 Miler back in June. Admittedly, that probably wasn’t the best idea I’ve ever had. Regardless, my iPod now refuses to scroll through the menu options and while it will play tunes, I can’t access my playlists. On yesterday’s run I was entertained by Beyoncé, ABBA, Garth Brooks, and the Original Broadway Cast of Avenue Q … in that order.
My mental state is just as discombobulated these days. This will probably be glaringly obvious by the end of this post.
Work is stressing me out. Usually I can blow off some steam with a good workout, but today I opted for shopping as I desperately need a new suit for a presentation I have to give on Thursday. Wanna know the only thing better than retail therapy? Finding a $200 suit on sale for $25. I heart Marshall’s.
Oh, and a burger and fries from Five Guys. After today, I totally deserved it. Just like I deserve to sit here and do absolutely nothing other than browse homes I can’t afford on Long and Foster’s website for the rest of the night.
Interesting fact: Last week I was diagnosed with a B12 deficiency. B12 is a vitamin found in animal products that is required for proper neurological function and red blood cell formation. The primary indicators of a deficiency are fatigue, poor memory, anemia and enlarged red blood cells. Nope, nothing on attention disorders. Damn.
Another interesting fact I found on the Office Of Dietary Supplements website pertains to B12 and endurance sports:
Due to its role in energy metabolism, vitamin B12 is frequently promoted as an energy enhancer and an athletic performance and endurance booster. These claims are based on the fact that correcting the megaloblastic anemia caused by vitamin B12 deficiency should improve the associated symptoms of fatigue and weakness. However, vitamin B12 supplementation appears to have no beneficial effect on performance in the absence of a nutritional deficit.
Maybe my new vitamin will turn me into the next Kara Goucher? I’ll keep you posted. My next speed workout is tomorrow!
While I have been cutting down on my meat intake these last couple months, the diagnosis came from a blood test that was done last November - well before I made any changes to my diet (speaking of which, can anyone recommend a doctor in the Baltimore area who doesn’t take 9 months to call you with abnormal test results? Thanks). In fact, my employer gave me an entire ham for the holidays so I’m pretty sure I was getting B12 in heart-stopping doses. I’m now taking a vitamin supplement that is 16,667% of the Daily Recommended Value! Apparently, when I’m retested they’ll be able to determine if the supplement resolved the issue or if I have an absorption problem. If it’s the latter than I’ll have to get B12 injections.
Anyone ever been B12 deficient?