Today’s Planned Workout:
am- 7 miles at an easy pace
pm- 7 miles with 5K race in the middle as tempo
This morning on twitter I was asked how long I had been running for Running, Etc. and it occurred to me that it’s been almost exactly a year. One year ago I wore a Running, Etc. singlet at my first Virginia Beach area race the Tidewater Striders Memorial Scholarship 5K and I will run that race again tonight. I went to that race knowing maybe 2 people. Over this past year I have met SO many amazing friends and my running support system has grown immensely. I am so thankful for my new teammates and friends!!!!
It also occurred to me that it has been a year since we discovered my iron/anemia issues. Last summer I was seriously dragging on my early morning runs and every afternoon I was terribly exhausted. One morning it hit me that something HAD to be wrong when I saw a perfectly manicured lawn and though “I could just crawl up and nap there.” Who thinks that?!? lol. I had my iron ferritin levels checked and we found I was severely low in the ferritin department. My ferritin was at 12! A distance runner should be above 60. I was cautiously hopeful when we discovered those results.
I do not like to pretend to be a coach or nutritional expert so I won’t but I can point anyone who is interested in the right direction. The best article I’ve ever read on this topic, written specifically for distance runners is by Camille Herron called Iron Supplementation Check it out if you suspect you have iron issues. By the way, I am not the Kristen who commented on her post. People have asked me about that…nope, I’ve never had a transfusion. I also use that exact iron supplementation that she has pictured and it has worked perfectly for me.
How do I know my iron is back where it should be? Well first off, I have had it rechecked. Secondly, I feel awesome!! Yes I am tired but not wiped out. My legs are still feeling bouncy with all the mileage. A HUGE change from this time last year. This week I passed the 90 mile mark. Yes from my attached picture it looks like I hit 96 miles. I did run 96 miles in 7 days, but I have switched my calendar running week from Sunday-Saturday to Monday-Sunday. Sounds weird to nonrunners, but basically I’m not logging on my old online program anymore and I wanted to follow the traditional week that many of my friends do (including dailymilers!) Plus I switched my long run day. So I will not be running 95 plus mile weeks just yet. I will stay in the low 90’s for awhile. Here’s how my week looked:
I hope that everyone is having a fantastic week and enjoying the Olympics!! I have LOVED watching the swimming events and have been counting down the days until the Women’s Marathon. Go KARA!!! 🙂