Tasting Blood on the Run

runningRunning in this Learn to Run clinic three times a week has turned out to be rather entertaining. The nature of the class is such that you get a collection of complete beginners who really aren't sure how this running thing works.

Tonight, a member of the group who shall remain nameless became alarmed during the first rep because she could taste blood in her mouth. She was convinced something terrible was happening and decided to cut the run short.

That blood she tasted in her mouth, that was the taste of iron from the energy bar she ate before heading out. I advised her to hock a lugie next time and see if it's red before bailing. It's a rookie mistake.

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Any energy bars or drinks are to be done at the latter stages of a race or at he end. I had the same experience years ago & thought I was dying. A ROOKIE mistake indeed.

April 11, 2007 @ 8:52 PM

Mike (Buffalo Boy)

Funny enough I have never experienced that sensation I have had energy bars before swim practices and never experienced it. We used to swim 10,000 yards a day.

April 11, 2007 @ 8:59 PM


I used to get this happening to me all the time when I ran. It never freaked me out but I always wondered about it and I never ate a energy bar in my life. Any other theories as to why this happens? Happens to my sis too.

April 12, 2007 @ 9:32 AM

Mike Boon

Acid reflux?
Tooth fillings?
You're a vampire and you don't know it?

April 12, 2007 @ 9:36 AM

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