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Blood donationThe answer is yes but the effects are temporary and minimal.  After donating a pint of blood, you may notice that your run time is little slower or that you may tire more easily.

Here is the reason:  your total body haemoglobin, which is found in red blood cells, will be lower (approx 9% lower).  It is the role of haemoglobin to transport oxygen from your lungs to your muscles so that your muscles are able to function efficiently. 

Lower Haemoglobin = Less Oxygen = Decreased Performance

As I mentioned this effect is temporary and certainly minimal for most of us.  The average person replenishes their full haemoglobin counts within 35 days.  Athletes can often do this within a couple weeks.  Recreational runners may not even notice a difference after donating blood. 

Personally I continue to give blood all year round.  Running and doing well in races is important to me but my donation of blood helps save lives, and for me that is more important.

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