Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Probably a Silly Question But...

I was just wondering if there's anything I can do to counter act elevation issues. I'm training in Arizona for the 1/2 marathon in Bear Lake. I'm worried that the elevation is going to kill any chance of a decent time (well, decent for ME)...is there anything I can do about this or am I just out of luck?? Thanks!!

3 comments:

Kelly(M&M) said...

Hi Katie. There are no silly questions, and I mean that. We are all learning together by experience. I think the best thing you can do is work on your cardiovascular system as much as possible. Consistent miles and/or crosstraining keep building your efficiency. The sooner before the race that you can get to Utah, the better. I have read that full acclimation takes 2 weeks, but even after a couple of days your body adjusts to the new oxygen levels. Good luck and keep us posted!

Stephanie said...

I live in Portland and have run the Salt Lake marathon and the Logan marathon which are both at altitude. I was worried about it but in researching found that unless I was able to go to Utah 2 weeks early there was not alot that I could do. I would definitley recommend trying to have aleast 2 days before the marathon and remember that your body will dehydrate faster at higher elevations. Good Luck! Make sure and post a race report.

kate said...

thanks for the advice! we're going to get there on monday and the race isn't until saturday, so it sounds like that will help some...and thanks for the info about dehydrating quicker! i didn't realize that, so i'll try to take that into account as well...thanks again!