Tampa Bay, FL – October 23, 2015 – Ask any athlete how important good nutrition is to them and they’ll say that it’s essential to their overall health as well as their athletic performance. But even the most health conscious athletes can experience exhaustion, frustration and an overall lack of drive and enthusiasm. Athlete Laurie Wisotsky experienced all of that. She almost gave up running and all she had worked for.
It turned out that Wisotsky was ferritin deficient. A ferritin deficiency is an athlete’s worst friend. In fact it can be a workout killer. Ferritin is a major protein whose function is to store iron. It’s an important protein, found primarily in the intestinal mucosa, spleen and liver that stores iron and releases it in a controlled fashion.
Should ferritin get low, the results are fatigue, loss of motivation and low energy. And when the iron level becomes low, the production of red blood cells that provide oxygen to body tissues is reduced. All of this spells bad news for a competitive athlete where oxygen delivery is a key aspect of high performance.
According to Wisotsky’s coach, Ryan Warrenburg, “Low ferritin can be a significant factor in a competitive athlete’s health. For female athletes, its especially important to keep a watchful eye on those levels, since they are more prone to iron deficiencies. Regular check-ups and a simple blood test by a primary care physician can keep ferritin levels in check.”
Wisotsky attended a women’s running camp at an elite performance training center and discovered the importance of proper ferritin levels to ensure optimum performance. Normal non-competitive athletes should have a ferritin level around 10-20. Competitive athletes levels should be around 50-60. Wisotsky found her level was extremely low at 5-7. She immediately took action, began an iron supplement regiment and after only three months could feel the difference. In fact, Wisotsky achieved her personal best in her last race with a 12 second improvement in her 5K time!
Read Laurie Wisotsky’s blog at www.lauriewisotsky.com to learn more about ferritin and other athletic-related issues.
About Laurie Wisotsky:
Laurie Wisotsky began her running career in 2007. Starting out as a novice runner with the positive attitude of “I can do it”, Wisotsky’s strength as an athlete grew over the years leading to her competing in world class marathons including the Boston Marathon, San Francisco Nike Women’s Marathon, Chicago Marathon, Athens, Greece Marathon and the London Marathon. A true athlete, injuries and surgeries did not deter Wisotsky. In 2014 her focus changed to short distance competitions which lead to several podium finishes and All American titles in the indoor/outdoor 1 mile/1500 meter events and 800 meter event at state and national championships. Wisotsky writes an informative and helpful blog on her website at www.lauriewisotsky.com.
About Coach Ryan Warrenburg:
Coach Ryan is the head coach for ZAP Fitness Coaching and has worked with dozens of athletes ranging from beginners to experienced age group competitors, high school athletes to grand masters athletes, and beyond. He has worked with athletes of all levels, including the elite athletes at ZAP. Ryan is a USATF Level 1 certified coach and serves as the Assistant Coach for the ZAP Elite athletes. In his time on the coaching staff, ZAP has had 9 athletes quality for the 2012 US Olympic Marathon Trials, 2 world Championship Appearances on Team USA, 4 Club Record Performances, the 2010 National Club Cross Country Team Championship and 12 Top Ten Finishes at USATF Track and Road Championships.