American Running Association - 2011
" I knew my halfs were good, but I knew I was not feeling as good. I knew I didn’t have that same pop, that same energy in my body that I had had a few years ago. I realized that I cannot keep pounding my body like that. My body was totally whacked. I got some extensive blood work done and I saw a lot of specialists and after seeing my blood work, they were like I don’t know how were running. My testosterone numbers were really low, my thyroid was totally blown.
Q: Were you feeling beaten down every day?
A: I was, but it’s a gray line. You get tired from training. So for example, leading up to Chicago, I was taking two-hour naps, every day, and I was sleeping 10 hours a night and I’d wake up from those two-hour naps still feeling tired but that was the extreme end of it. But I was like “well, I always take an hour nap during the day so it’s like well two hours because I was training hard, whatever,” and you don’t really realize you are getting rundown until it gets really bad. And that’s what happened last fall, it got really bad. So I had to step back and be like OK, the number one priority above running fast is to get my body back right. And we’ve done that. I’ve gotten on thyroid medicine to get my thyroid back and that made a huge difference right away but my doctor thinks even that’s going to take time. You’re going to feel better right away but you’ve got to be patient. You didn’t get here overnight and you’re not going to get out of here overnight. But I did notice the remarkable difference, more energy.
Honestly, the last couple of years, just walking around and I’d feel like a Dead Man Walking at some times, not only tired but my quality of life is not as good as I’d want it to be. I don’t feel right, I feel tired all the time. Super low energy."