This is my second post about iron issues that I am sending out to the TEAM in the last 3 weeks. It is such an important issue for the families on our TEAM that I want to continue to educate our runners, and parents, on the topic. Every year that I have coached at Vista athletes on the team have become victims of low iron/ferritin levels, essentially ending their seasons. The coaching staff is trying our best to educate you on this issue so that we can ensure that it does not happen again.
This past weekend the Coaching Staff set in on several presentations on the issue at a coaching clinic with some of the best distance coaches from around the country. After leaving the clinic, we are even more convinced on how important it is that every member of the team get their ferritin levels checked at least 3 to 4 times a year. If you have not had your levels checked since the end of track, or ever, now is the time to get some blood work done from your medical provider. What you are looking for is a ferritin level of at least 30. 40 to 50 is much better.
Below you will find 2 items attached to help further educate yourself on this issue, and understand why the coaching staff is asking every member of the team to get their ferritin levels checked. Again, you want your ferritin levels to be at a minimum of at least 30 (40-50 is better). Anything lower than this will hinder your ability as an endurance athlete.
- A slide show presentation about ferritin levels for distance runners, and why iron is so important. This is from the clinic the coaches were at this weekend.
- A letter from a doctor, with references, about ferritin levels for endurance athletes that you can take with you to your medical provider when you get tested. (Doc)
Run to Denver on Friday
On Friday we will be doing our annual Denver Breakfast Run! We will be meeting at Centennial Park (Santa Fe and Union) and running to REI downtown. Afterwards we will head to Illegal Pete's on the 16th St Mall for breakfast burritos, and then take the Light Rail from Union Station back to Mineral Station next to Aspen Grove. Here are the details:
10 Mile Run from Centennial Park to REI
Who: Any HS Runner that wants to try, and run 10 miles, including freshman. Some of the older runners may add on once you get to REI.
When: 7:00 a.m. on Friday
Where: Centennial Park
4630 S Decatur St
Englewood, CO 80110
Directions: 25 mins from MVHS. Go North on Santa Fe. Take a left on Union. The park will be down on your right off of Union
Cost: $15 ($4 for Lite Rail $8-$11 for breakfast)
We are looking for 2 to 3 parents to help us out on Friday to chaperone at REI/Illegal Pete's and to help drive runner's back from Mineral Station to Centennial Park once we return, if they need to get their cars. If you can help please email Coach Dalby.
Cross Country Registration for the Fall
The registration steps listed from the link above must be completed BEFORE the beginning of the season. All online registration forms and payment must be completed to run cross country in the fall along with a current physical need to be completed and turned into the Athletic Office by 8/14/2015. If you have any questions regarding online registration, please contact Erika Watt @ firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-387-1667.
Schedule for August 3rd-9th
Mon-Redstone Park 7 a.m.
Tue-MVHS 7 a.m.
Wed-The Bluffs Regional Park 7 a.m.
Thur-MVHS 7 a.m.
Fri-Run to Denver, and Breakfast at Illegal
-Meet at Centennial Park off Union and
Santa Fe in Centennial 7 a.m.
Sat-Run on your own/with a teammate. Check Training Peaks to see what your run is.
Sun-Optional Run on your own, or w/ a teammate. Check Training Peaks to see what your run is.