Iron: The Secret Ingredient

Iron is a very important mineral essential in preventing anemia. Iron helps carry oxygen through our blood and into our muscles. Individuals with iron deficiency experience decreased performance, fatigue, poor recovery, and shortness of breath. Athletes have a higher risk for low iron levels because iron is lost through sweat and red blood cells are destroyed through the mechanical trauma in activities such as running.

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Running Reflections

When you are striving to run at your highest level, running can be extremely rewarding yet hard and fatiguing. Depending on how you perform, running can make you feel on top of the world or disappointed and discouraged. A run can leave you with an extra pep in your step, or it can make you sore and achy for days.

I am lucky to have the opportunity to run and work towards my goals. Whether I am tired or energized, running is a choice I make and a road I have decided to follow. No one pushes me or cares about my training, results, or paces as much as I do. The pressure, dedication, and expectations are all created from within me. I get to pick my own goals, sign up for the races that excite me, and ultimately run however my heart desires.  

I am a runner, but I am also so much more than that. Even though running gives me tremendous enjoyment and fills a huge part of my life, I know I can be happy and create a new path when my approach towards running changes. When I do not have the competitive drive to race anymore, there will always be easy runs. When I can no longer run, there will always be swimming, dog walks, arts & crafts, and family. I can choose my journey and view my successes based on my own desires and needs.

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Marathon World Record

This past Sunday Eliud Kipchoge set a new world record in the marathon running 2:01:39. The previous record was 2:02:57 set in 2014. His pace 4:38 minutes per mile or 13 mph. My treadmill doesn’t even go that fast. If you ran that speed for a 5k, you would run a 14:24. He also ran negative splits – the first half of the marathon he ran in 1:01:06, and the second half he ran in 1:00:33. The world record for the half marathon is 58:23, only 2 minutes slower.

Kipchoge is 33 years old and from Kenya where he grew up running to and from school. He has now won 9 consecutive marathons, and he has won a total of 10 of the 11 marathons he has entered. He is also the 2016 Olympic gold medalist in the marathon.

What are his secrets?

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Recent Eats and Exercise

You know it’s almost fall when you start seeing Halloween and Christmas decorations in all the catalogues! :) I’m not quite ready, but I do enjoy the changing seasons. Pumpkins, falling leaves, and crisp temperatures are starting to work their way in. We had one more beautiful summer sunset the other night.

I love marathon training, and fall is the perfect time to increase your mileage - cooler temps, less humidity, and beautiful views. I’ve had some great marathon workouts recently including mile repeats, progression tempo, regular tempo, and long runs with marathon pace miles. Here are some highlights.

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