Iron Deficiency and the Female Athlete
from The Washington Post via The Buffalo News
A year ago, running coach and veteran marathoner Kathy Pugh was preparing for the Marine Corps Marathon. But despite a tried-and-true training program, it wasn't going well. "“I just didn't have the energy,"” Pugh said. "I was struggling and felt like I never wanted to do a marathon again." What had happened? As Pugh found out through a blood test, she was iron-deficient, something not all that unusual for premenopausal women, particularly athletes.
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