Last Thursday I had my blood drawn and sent to Inside Tracker. A few days later I received an email that my results were ready and a link that took me to my personal profile on their website.
Read about why I wanted to work with Inside Tracker here.
Before I received the results, I decided to take an off season from running. I was feeling run down and my Achilles soreness just needed time to heal. My head was not into running and I was more focused on my job. It’s silly to train through that and do races. I want to compete well in races, so I cleared my schedule (after Flower City, which I decided to do with friends) and am taking a nice break from training.
The test confirmed what my body was already telling me: I am overtrained from trying to be 110% at both running and work.
My testosterone to cortisol ratio was very high indicating high levels of stress and fatigue: 21 units
Vitamin D: 20ng/mL
Creatine Kinase: 69U/L
Magnesium: 2.2 mg/dL
Lipid Profile: good
Overtrained, high stressed, not absorbing nutrients.
My bone health is at risk due to levels of Vitamin D.
I do not have much expendable energy due to low B-12.
I have compromised RBC function due to low levels of iron.
My sex hormones are at a slogging pace.
My body is in a state of chronic inflammation.
I take the three supplements I am deficient in. This means I am either not absorbing them or this is not enough. Likely, it is a combination of those two things. When the body is in a state of high cortisol, it is hard to use its energy to metabolize nutrients. This is why in the later stages of a marathon or ultra, runners find it hard to eat or throw up. The body in a state of stress does not metabolize food efficiently.
After reading the bloodwork, I completed the profile indicating my goals. As of right now because I am not training, that means optimal health. Then, the algorithm created a list of foods to help both with improving my deficiencies and achieving my goals.
So, this is where I am at. Since that time I have taken the recommendations, which I will discuss in a future post as I realize this is a lot of information.
I am encouraged that before I got the results I was able to correctly read my body and decide to take time off. This test could not have come at a better time as I can fix this now, get to optimal health and begin training again.
Thank you for reading.