Vampires: A Runner’s Worst Friend

What is the worst enemy to running?  Bad weather?  Over training?  6am?  Nice try.  The real nemesis to running is:


That’s right.  Vampires.  Let me start off by saying this is NOT a post trying to ride the coattails of Twilight’s success.  If it were, I’d throw in some search buzz words like “Edward”, “Jacob”, “Eclipse”, or “OMG Taylor Lautner Shirtless*“.  Actually there is a much more altruistic reason why vampires are bad news for runners.

Last Friday my company hosted a blood drive.  Being the giver that I am, I went down after lunch to donate with a fancy apheresis machine (basically means I give twice as many red blood cells).  Ok, enough blood talk.

After less-than-moderate activity over the weekend, I went for a run on Monday morning.  After 2 miles I felt like I was running in sand with a parachute on my back in a hurricane with a weight vest on.  My energy was just zapped.  I struggled through it for a little more than 6 miles, but it was unpleasant to say the least.

Anyone have experience running after giving blood?  I waited 2 days and still felt terrible.  How long does it take to get back to 100%?  I’ll be giving it another try (obviously) so we’ll see how I feel.


Distance 6.34 miles
Time 54:02
Pace 8:31 min/mile
Average HR 162 bpm

*You deserve that for clicking the link.


  1. #1 by Krystal on June 30, 2010 - 3:51 pm

    It’s a trap. please note that I did not click the link until after I read the asterisked remark, it got me curious. Well played sir.

    • #2 by Mike on June 30, 2010 - 3:57 pm

      It’s a classic two-sided attack. Thanks for playing 🙂

  2. #3 by Colin on June 30, 2010 - 3:58 pm

    You are a better man than I. I keep my blood for myself.

  3. #4 by Barrett on July 1, 2010 - 5:13 pm

    I think it can take up to a month to completely restore your red blood cells to basal levels. I bet you will feel it for a couple weeks on hard efforts. Take it easy because you may get light headed and pass out if you push it too hard.

    • #5 by Evelyn on July 1, 2010 - 11:04 pm

      What’s scarier than vampires? Puppets.

      Also, Barrett – Always the doctor 🙂

  4. #6 by Robert on July 6, 2010 - 8:39 pm

    Vampires have nothing on the apheresis machine (except imparting eternal life and a really bad vitamin D allergy). It took me 3-4 weeks to fully recover when I gave double-red cells.

    • #7 by Mike on July 6, 2010 - 9:57 pm

      The apheresis machine dominated me. I think I’m starting to recover now. Also, my Vitamin D allergy makes more sense now…

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