American Running Association - 2011
" I knew my halfs were good, but I knew I was not feeling as good. I knew I didnâ€™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 donâ€™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 itâ€™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 Iâ€™d wake up from those two-hour naps still feeling tired but that was the extreme end of it. But I was like â€œwell, I always take an hour nap during the day so itâ€™s like well two hours because I was training hard, whatever,â€ and you donâ€™t really realize you are getting rundown until it gets really bad. And thatâ€™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 weâ€™ve done that. Iâ€™ve gotten on thyroid medicine to get my thyroid back and that made a huge difference right away but my doctor thinks even thatâ€™s going to take time. Youâ€™re going to feel better right away but youâ€™ve got to be patient. You didnâ€™t get here overnight and youâ€™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 Iâ€™d feel like a Dead Man Walking at some times, not only tired but my quality of life is not as good as Iâ€™d want it to be. I donâ€™t feel right, I feel tired all the time. Super low energy."