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Can anyone help??!!
I am 33 and used to be a reasonable runner! I used to train 25 - 50 miles a week depending on what I was training for. I have run the London Marathon twice (3.33 and 3.35) and countless 10k's and half marathons.
I had my gorgeous daughter, Hollie, last September and started running again after about eight weeks. I was doing really well and back to about 8.30 minutes / mile on training runs. That was until about 8 weeks ago (about five months after Hollie's birth) when I felt really dizzy whilst running outside for about 20 minutes. Every run I have tried outside since then has seen me feeling dizzy, having to walk and more or less collapsing when I stop as I feel so dizzy (like the ground is coming towards me). This has been getting progressively worse so that now I can do no more than about 10 mins outside without having to walk. I was also actually sick when I stopped today.
I am certainly not pushing it. I have dropped to about 9.30 min / mile. My legs feel good and I certainly don't feel tired. It is just the dizziness that stops me and the thought that when I stop I feel sick and take a long time to recover. After my 3 mile run / walk this morning I had to spend ten mins lying down and then I didn't feel myself until about 45 mins after the run.
I have been to the doctors and she says I have low iron and has precribed iron tablets. I think my result was 14 where low end of normal is 20. It doesn't seem that bad such that it should be causing these symptoms. I am supposed to wait a month before I go back but it is getting worse.
Incidently I can run on a treadmill and have no problems (which again to me suggests that it isn't iron). I can only think that it is something to do with being outside - like hayfever? That said I have never had any smptoms of hayfever and don't feel congested.
Can anybody help. Running is my lifeline and I dread going out at the moment.