We had really great goal setting meetings this past week as a TEAM! I am really excited about the challenges that we are going after this year, and where our hard work will take us. The kinds of goals we have set for the next 6 months will be difficult to achieve, but possible if the entire TEAM follows the process. Remember, the process is more important than the goal. We can achieve the things we talked about at the goal setting meetings, but it will require a lot of commitment including taking care of the little things that will get us there this season.
Keep an eye out for an email later this week with our TEAM goals typed up for everyone.
Why Iron Matters for Distance Runners
I am going to reuse a few blog posts this week, and next, about an issue that is very important for distance runners. That issue is the importance of iron/ferritin levels for distance.
Our coaching staff has nearly 100 years of combined experience in distance running, both as athletes and as a coaches. Every season there is one issue that we see time and time again with distance runners regardless of age, sex, or number of miles you are running. That issue is anemia, or being iron deficient.
Below I have posted 2 articles related to the subject that I would like every family, both parents and athletes, to read. Educating yourself on these issues is very important. Here are a few things every family should be thinking about in regards to iron levels:
- Get your ferritin levels tested 2-3 times a year by your medical provider, and know your numbers. The off-season is the best time to get your levels checked.
- Set a goal for yourself to get your ferritin levels to at least 30. 40-50 is better, and gives you a nice surplus of iron.
- If your ferritin is under 20, you are most likely not going to be able to perform at your best as a distance runner.
- Consider an iron supplement, and talk to your medical provider about how much you either should, or should not be taking.
- Educate yourself on what iron does for you as a runner, and how it can hurt when you are lacking (see articles below)
The following 2 Runner's World Articles do a really nice job explaining in detail the importance of iron/ferritin for runners, and all things related to it. Again, it is very important that all families educate themselves on these issues, and that you get your levels checked this off-season.
- Are Your Ferritin Levels Up to Speed? Top Coaches Take Tests for Iron Seriously
- Ironing Out the Details: Know the facts about ferritin and iron before deciding to supplement
I will post more info next week about this issue, and ways to make sure your iron levels are up in a safe, and easy manner.
Schedule for June 19th-25th
Monday-Bluffs Regional Park 7 a.m.
Tuesday-MVHS 7 a.m.
Wednesday-Redstone Park 7 a.m.
Thursday-MVHS 7 a.m.
Friday- MVHS 7 a.m.
-Bring $$$ for breakfast after the run for Einstein Bagel at Broadway and HR Parkway.
Saturday-On your own, or w/ a teammate
Sunday-On your own, or w/ a teammate
Training for June 19th-July 2nd
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.
June 19th-July 2nd Training Plans (link)