Well, supposedly, from what I was told by the ER doctor a few years ago, I have a slight case of raynaud's syndrom. Which is basically poor circulation and can only be fixed with surgery. Of course, can't afford the surgery and plenty of people live with poor circulation and they're fine, they just have to get used to it.
Well, I'm in army rotc, and we do PT runs every morning while in school. I had no problems keeping up or running the hills my freshman year. At the end of freshman year (about 1 month left) I got on birthcontrol to control my periods because I was getting them every 2 weeks (which I figured wasn't good if I was running).
This past year (sophmore year), no matter how hard I tried or what I did I couldn't keep up with the runs and I just couldn't make it up hills for the life of me. I don't know what happened, I think it's the birthcontrol making my circulation worse. Because every time I ran, and even still, if feels like my legs are really tight (even though i'll stretch and warm up) and like they're really heavy. So it's really hard for me to pump (?) them. Which is bothering me because I went from running a 16:10 2 miles to a 17:30 2 miles, and it didn't even matter I was doing the same type of workout. I just couldn't get myself to go any faster.
I know it's only a little over a minute, but dropping that much while doing the same workout is really bothering me. I can see about a 10 second difference, but not a 1:20 difference.
And I'm pretty sure we've worked out harder on our runs this year too.
Heck, I even made 4 miles in 35 minutes (which 2 1/2 miles was up hill) but I couldn't push myself fast on the 2 mile, and even the 4 miles was a struggle.
I'm just sick of it feeling like I'm struggling all the time while I watch my fiance (he's in it too) do the same workouts (and sometimes less because he doesn't go some days) and he improves more and more and it gets easier and easier for him, but I'm stuck in the back struggling even though I really am trying and I want to improve.
I don't know, I'm pretty sure it's my circulation. There was an article in the newspaper one day about a lady with raynaud's and she said she take some herbal pill and it's helped a lot with her circulation, but my mom ended up recycling it without cutting the article out so I don't know what it was.
Anyone have any tips on how to improve my circulation short of going to the doctor and getting a prescription? It's just bothering me because I've never seen myself like this, and I ran 6 years of track before I went into army rotc, so it bothers me to death.
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