After many weeks of no energy and feeling that my legs each weighed about a ton and not sleeping nights, I started taking estrogen and it seems to be working. I have had this estrogen problem in the past, usually when my weight drops below about 100 pounds. A woman needs a certain amount of body fat to produce estrogen. This is why anorexics often go into a premature menopause. Don't worry, the only eating disorder I have is over-indulgence. But because I tend to be very active I still have trouble keeping up with my caloric requirements at times (despite all the beer and burgers). I think now that I am keeping an eye on my weight, I will get it back to a healthy level and be able to stop the supplemental estrogen. For now, the supplement is helping immensely and I feel good again!
I was scheduled for a three hour long run for my last workout of the week. I ran on single track and snowmobile trails for a nice enjoyable run of about 19 or 20 miles. It was almost effortless, I felt like I was just floating along. It's been a while since I have been able to run like that! I had almost forgotten that I even liked to run. When every run is a struggle, it isn't much fun. I had even started to empathize with all those people who think running sucks. So on this long run, it was very nice to be loping along with a smile on my face, just loving every minute of it. Now I remember why I run!
This week I have back to back long runs scheduled. The Oil Creek 100 is in 4 weeks and I think I will be ready for a good run there. I'm looking forward to the next few weeks of training. I've got my running legs back and I'm loving it!