Ferritin/Iron For Distance Runners
A few weeks ago I posted this important piece of information about Why Iron Matters for Distance Runners. If you have not done so already, there is a lot of great information about the importance of making sure your ferritin levels are up for distance runners, and it is something I recommend each athlete and family read.
This week, I am reposting some additional information about how to get your iron levels checked, how to talk to your doctor about it, and the best ways to take iron. It is important that all families on the team educate themselves on these issues so that you can have a better chance for a successful season this fall!
The post recommends getting your iron checked 3 to 4 times a year. I actually think twice a year is plenty. Usually during the summer, and again in the winter is enough. I have also attached a letter you can take to your doctor when getting your levels checked that may be useful in helping you talk to your doc about why you are asking to have your ferritin levels tested.
4th of July 5K and Parade
On Tuesday we have a few things going on to celebrate the 4th! First, we will be taking part in the HRCA Independence Day parade. All Vista and Mt. Ridge XC athletes are welcome to take part. We will have a float for the parade to represent our group. Please meet in the parking lot of Super Target at 7:30 a.m. if you are going to take part. If you have a bright green Vista Nation T-Shirt please wear it. If not, wear anything you have that is MVHS or MRMS.
For those running the 5K, the information for the race at 8:00 a.m. is below. After you run, head over to Super Target to find the TEAM and take part in the parade.
Camping Trip Information
What: 8th Annual Vista Nation XC High Altitude Camping Trip
Who: Any member of Vista Nation XC who has registered for summer conditioning, and has been a consistent member of our mourning workouts.
When: July 19th-21st
Where: Golden Gate Canyon State Park (1 hour from MVHS)
Cost: $25 to cover the cost of food for the camping trip. Athletes are responsible for paying their own way into the park if you are driving (carpool and chip in!). Parent drivers are encouraged.
Campsite: Rifleman Phillips Group Campground (this is different from last year)
Arrival: Between 4 and 5 p.m. on July 19th
Leaving: Between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. on July 21st
Tents: Athletes are responsible for either bringing their own tent, or making arrangements with another teammate to stay in their tent.
Transportation: Parents can drop athletes off at Rifleman Phillips Campground, or you can carpool up to Golden Gate Canyon. Athletes that drive will not be allowed to leave the park in their cars from Wednesday night to Friday morning.
Registration: Please fill out the registration link that was emailed to you by Sunday evening this week if you are planning on attending the camping trip this year.
Parent Help: We will be in need of parent help Wednesday and Thursday night. Mostly with grilling out. You do not have to camp, unless you want to! If you are willing to come up either night please designate on the registration form.
Training for July 3rd-16th
Here is the training document for the next 2 weeks. I am working on assigning athletes to a training plan this week. If you do not already know which plan you should be following please come ask a coach.
July 3rd-16th Training Plans (link)
Schedule for July 3rd-9th
Monday-MVHS 7 a.m.
Tuesday-4th of July 5K and Parade 7 a.m.
Wednesday-MVHS 7 a.m.
Thursday-Redstone Park 7 a.m.
Friday-Long Run/Doughnuts From Dalby's 7 a.m.
Saturday-Hildebrand Ranch 7 a.m.
-Tamale Kitchen after run, bring $$$ to eat
Sunday-On your own, or w/ a teammate