C'est la vie!
Anywho, here's some weekend reading for you. And be warned. It was another good week of reading, so I've loaded you up!
1. Female endurance athletes, I'm talking to you! Any of you ever have trouble giving blood because you're iron levels were low? Or have you struggled with fatigue, decreased performance, decreased intensity while working out? If so, this post from Runner's World Sweat Science blog is for you! I initially found it through HRG this week, and I'm going to tell you to check out her post on it too. Now, I love reading about the science behind health and fitness, but sometimes it just gets too scienc-y for my literature focused brain.
But, HRG sums it up nicely in her post, telling us that pretty much all of our endurance work blocks iron absorption for our bodies and it might be beneficial for us to think about supplementing or eating iron-rich foods. I tend to go the latter route and some of my favorites are red meat, eggs, spinach, and beans. Running is good for us, yes, but we still have to be conscious about some things!
in the water they can't see you cry by Amanda Beard
Wednesday, I saw a spot on The Today Show about Olympic swimming champion, Amanda Beard, and her new memoir. In it, she talks about her battle with bulimia and depression, and her time in college when she cut herself. Those who know me well know I'm a huge advocate for a confident self-image and finding that through athletics. It's something the women in my family have struggled with our whole lives, and it's something I don't want my daughters to face. I think it's another reason I strongly want to go into teaching. I want to teach girls to love themselves for who they are. Beard's memoir looks powerful and I cannot wait to read it. It's already in my library que.
|pigeon pose - my fav|
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6. As does every runner, I've dealt with the basic injuries in my past and might currently be trying to ward off another one. I found a post this week about some basic running injuries and how to prevent them. It's a good read for beginners.
Have a great Friday everyone!