If you have not had your ferritin levels checked since the end of the track season please do so ASAP. The Coaches recommendation is to have your ferritin levels checked at a minimum of twice a year: Once after the track season, and once after XC season. If the last time you had your levels checked was after XC it is time to get them looked at again.
Below is information about the importance of iron/ferritin for distance runners. Please review as needed, and have your iron levels checked if you have not recently done so. This goes for both boys and girls.
Where to get my iron checked?
Your family doctor can do it. So will any Quest Diagnostics Lab. Quest might be the less expensive option. Usually around $30.
Rule of thumb, get your ferritin levels checked at least twice a year by your doctor. A ferritin level of 30 is the minimum number acceptable for adequate performance as a distance runner. We also recommend that every athlete on the team be taking an iron supplement that works for them. Please come talk to the coaches if you have questions.
- The Importance of Iron in Distance Runners (Blog Post)
- Why You Should Get Your Ferritin Levels Checked (Blog Post)
- 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)
- Are Your Ferritin Levels Up to Speed? Top Coaches Take Tests for Iron Seriously (article)
- Ironing Out the Details: Know the facts about ferritin and iron before deciding to supplement (article)
- Iron Deficiency in Runners: The Ultimate Guide to Helping You Understand and Recover From Iron Deficiency (article)
Schedule for July 3rd-9th
Mon: MVHS Trac k@ 7 a.m.
Tue: 4th of July (No Practice): Run on your own or w/ a teammate
Wed: Rocky Heights MS @ 7 a.m.
Thur: MVHS Track @ 7 a.m.
Fri: Redstone Park @ 7 a.m.
Sat: Waterton Canyon: Audubon Center lot @ 7 a.m.
Sun: On Your own or w/ a teammate
NXRSW Preliminary Trip Information
Information for this years TEAM trip in November to Nike Cross Regional Southwest in the Phoenix metro area is now available. This includes trip description, eligibility, tentative itineraries, parent chaperone help, along with cost and travel information.