Giving blood

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Nov 2011
9:04pm, 1 Nov 2011
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Krissie
I want to start giving blood, but does it affect training/racing afterwards and if so for how long? I will still do it regardless, but obviously depending on any after effects will give a bit more thought to timing it right.
Nov 2011
9:23pm, 1 Nov 2011
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Girlie
Everyone recovers at different rates,
I'm giving on Mon 14 November, so won't be attempting to run before Thursday at the earliest as I've found in the past its a real slog a day after givng.

I know others on here are back to normal quicker- its a case of see what happens and adjust training accordingly.
Nov 2011
9:24pm, 1 Nov 2011
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runnybunny
I've given twice and it's taken about a week to get back to normal, but a lot of other people seem to be OK much quicker. I've found I tend to get a bit light-headed, so have gone for gym use rather than outdoor running for a bit, so that I don't end up a couple of miles from home feeling ropey.
Nov 2011
12:09am, 2 Nov 2011
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southcoastpete
Plenty of advice on giving blood here on Fetch Krissie, check us out here http://www.fetcheveryone.com/viewtopic.php?id=23103

Think I need a couple of days to recover after donating, though someone said its a bit similar to altitude training, so might actually be good for you :)
Nov 2011
10:56pm, 2 Nov 2011
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Krissie
Thanks all. I must admit that the possiblity of training benefits had crossed my mind (a rapidly fleeting though of course, my intentions are purely altruistic, and it would be simply crazy to drain oneself of blood as a training tool ;-) )
Nov 2011
11:00pm, 2 Nov 2011
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Krissie
And bugger, I just took the 'suitability' quiz and I regularly have accupuncture which may be a problem unless practictioner registered with a certain body or something. Will need to find out, then get in quick before we go away to a maleria area next year and so will be excluded again for a while!
Nov 2011
11:15pm, 2 Nov 2011
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DeeGee
I found racing 48 hours as giving blood to be a bit of a chore. They suggest that you shouldn't give blood while training for a marathon "If it's important to you". I'm delaying my next donation until after my next marathon.
Nov 2011
11:16pm, 2 Nov 2011
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DeeGee
The suitability quiz is only a guideline. I fail the online quiz having ever lived abroad. Acupunture will matter, though. Get your acupunturist's credentials.
Nov 2011
11:16pm, 2 Nov 2011
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DeeGee
The suitability quiz is only a guideline. I fail the online quiz having ever lived abroad. Acupunture will matter, though. Get your acupunturist's credentials.
Nov 2011
11:16pm, 2 Nov 2011
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DeeGee
Do it twice!

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