The elevation where I live and train is—> 4756 ft. The elevation of Boston (my next marathon) is——> 141 ft.
Do I think that the elevation change will help me out in the marathon—> Yes, not a ridiculously huge amount but I do think it will help.
Let’s talk about how altitude effects our running!
I have pretty much always lived at high altitude except for two instances:
-When I went to school in Hawaii for a bit.
-When I moved to San Jose, California.
In both instances, when I first moved from my high altitude area to these sea level areas I noticed a difference in my running. It felt like I didn’t even need to breathe and that the oxygen just seeped into my body. Maybe I am just a dramatic person, okay… I know that I am but running felt a lot easier for me when going from high to low altitude.
When I lived in California for a few months and then came back to Utah to visit it felt like my lungs were going to explode. It felt like I had lost my altitude training fairly quickly. Two examples from my blog of how I felt going from running at sea level for a while and then running in Utah:
When I moved back to Utah for good it took me about 2-4 weeks to feel like the altitude wasn’t bugging me anymore and that my lungs had adjusted to it. I also think that I kept telling myself that adjusting to high altitude again would be extremely hard which didn’t help, that brain of ours is sure a powerful thing:)
What’s the science behind this? How does the altitude really effect our body? Am I extremely dramatic about this kind of stuff? Yes.
I’ll let a few articles do the talking:
One of the beautiful things about running is that our bodies adapt. SO, if you do move or go to an area with high altitude after being used to running at a lower elevation, your body will adapt. Stick with your running and allow your body some time to get used to the change and before you know it, running will be back to feeling great!!! Go easy for the first few days and go on some walks to slowly adjust!
***Also, drink PLENTY of water (and limit caffeine and alcohol because they are diuretics) when dealing with adjusting to high altitude running… altitude running dehydrates you. You can also talk to your doctor about taking an iron supplement to help!
4 things from yesterday!!!
Brooke has mastered the climbing wall.
A restaurant that gives you bread with jam and some chocolate for samples before your meal comes…
I have been craving a chicken and pesto panini for a very long time.
Our favorite book to rad together lately:
Come run the Utah Valley Marathon or 1/2 Marathon with me this year! Ryan Hall is going to be there too and the course is ridiculously beautiful!
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How does altitude affect your running? Have you noticed a big difference when you go to visit areas that differ greatly from where you live in terms of altitude?
What races are you currently signed up for? Do you sign up for races far in advance or right before you run them?
What have you been craving lately?