Loss of Taste

by Wild Wilson
(Minnesota)

glorious evening greetings to you! Yesterday I went for a run with my running partner Miss Caitlin. We did 23 miles as she's training for a marathon coming soon. On Saturday I donated to the red cross, not financially, but physically. It was tough run to start, but then settled in and I knew that because of low blood it was tough, but on we went. We kicked up a good pace for many miles and then at 20 it got to be quite a bit for me. Both of us were tired to the core. However, I pushed on and finished the run. We went into my house to drink our Gatorade 'restore' (lemon lime) and then I also grabbed some dark chocolate to eat. I was aghast that hardly could taste the lemon lime and not at all with the chocolate. Why did this happen? Neither of us had much of an appetite, but I know mine returned a couple hours later. Do you know why one would lose their sense of taste from this?


Thank you! - Rod

I'd be lying if I did tell you something right now about losing a sense of taste. The only thing I can think of is you were dehydrated so the lack of moisture in your mouth could have taken away some of the senses in your taste buds. This is a complete shot in the dark, so I doubt that this is the correct reason for it.

I'm not sure that donating blood had anything to do with your loss of taste. I donated blood early in the summer and then played a bunch of basketball games and still felt surprisingly well. I ate some food immediately afterward and didn't notice anything strange. By the way, great job hanging in there for such a long run after your blood donation.

One more thing. I do know that it is very normal to experience a loss of appetite after running. This happens to me often. Sometimes in the afternoon, I'll get a bit bored and go to the cabinet to eat and then instead decide to go for a run.

Enough rambling. I hope all is well now, and I'm sorry you didn't get to enjoy that chocolate. I'll eat some for you just to make sure chocolate still tastes delicious ;)

Happy Trails - Coach Tief

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reply to Coach Tief
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Thank you for the feedback. Yes, I was kinda thirsty, but I wasn't really even that, but when I stopped at Great Harvest to pick up my week loaf of Honey Wheat (ummmm Honey Wheat) about a hour 1/2 or so later I tried to eat a 1/3 of a cookie and it was all I could do to get it down. Plus there was lack of saliva to do so. Thank goodness all had returned about 1 hour after that as enjoyed a nice Hefenweiss and big burger & fries at the Bulldog.

One thing I do know is that I won't donate blood the day before a marathon anymore.

No doubt everything is inter-related & is interesting. To know the exact physiological answer may still come along.

Everybody have a great run today! - WW

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