My happy place is the mountains. I dream of owning a mountain home and spending my summers backpacking, hiking, lake lounging and kayaking. This summer, I had a taste of mountain life. I spent a lot of time in the Sierras, which was interesting as I’ve also been following a rigorous 50-mile race training plan.
As you might imagine, running at 8,000 feet has been slightly more difficult than running at my usual sea level: my legs are heavy, my breathing rapid, and while warm, I feel more clammy than sweaty. Worried about how this was affecting my training, I fretted over the impact altitude running was having on my body. Was I still maximizing my workouts? Was dehydration taking its toll? Or, like the elites who spend time at length in places like Flagstaff or Park City, was I gaining a zillion new red blood cells?
Just what exactly is altitude training, and does it mean anything to amateurs like me? Read more >>