Todays Workout- 14 total miles with 10 miles of simulated hills averaging 6:19 pace.
You guys don’t know how close I was to typing “stimulated hills” above, then leaving it because I thought it was funny. Anyway, the goal for today was to get a nice long tempo in on some rolling hills. This is Virginia Beach so we have flatlands and a huge man-made hill but no rollers. The solution was to run 3 miles around my neighborhood, run in my front door, straight to the treadmill, and start pushing the incline and speed button. I had fun with this one. The lowest incline grade was 1% and the highest I reached was 5% and I steadily increased the pace every other mile or so. Fiddling around with the incline randomly provided a nice distraction and by the end I had sweat flying everywhere. Lovely.
That workout was a bear. 10 miles of simulated hills. Feeling strong though! #HadleyHippos
— Kris (@Kris_Law) October 16, 2013
Lately I’ve been feeling strong on every run without even a hint of desire to “slog” it so it came as no surprise to me when the doctor let me know my ferritin level was back up to a healthy level: 71! I’ve been taking my iron daily and making sure it’s with a serving of something with 100% of the daily recommended dosage of Vitamin C (to help with absorption) and avoiding calcium and caffeine 2 hours afterwards (both of which inhibit that iron absorption).
After my last blog post on this same subject, a local Registered Dietician and Athlete, Crystal Witte, was incredibly kind and emailed me a ton of information on the subject. Not only did I learn a a few things but finding another local runner friend is fantastic. The biggest discovery? The tannins in tea are an enemy of iron absorption. Dumbfounded. No wonder my iron levels dropped, I’ve been chugging tea all day, every day for months. Just something to be aware of in case you are like myself and trying to up those levels.
Almost as if a reward for todays tough workout, my prize for the Crawlin Crab Half Marathon arrived in the mail just as I was finishing up the tempo. Last year J&A Racing gave away window clings as awards and this year they are awarding coasters for each of their races. I almost have a whole set of four 🙂 Was super shocked and excited to see a gift card tucked in the envelope for a free pair of Brooks shoes for winning the race. I tried on a pair of Glycerins at Running, Etc. that felt great so I think I will order those but I’d love to hear what all the Brooks fans like to wear too.
33 Days until the Philadelphia Marathon. My motivation has been incredibly high, recovery has been great, and paces have never been smoother. Keeping my fingers crossed that I can keep up this steady momentum until race day. Thanks for all your support everyone and happy training!