Yup, don’t feel bad at all about the altitude. It really gets to you even if you live up high: you just don’t realize it until you try running somewhere lower. The month after I first got married, I spent one month at sea level after being at 4500 feet. I got some great runs in that month and beat a whole bunch of personal records! When I got back up to elevation though, realized that those gains had been pure loss of elevation and weren’t real, haha. Congratulations on your achievement!
Amy H. Places to go, things to do...!
the problem is I want to run a race in every state!! all of the Rockies states are going to kill me! better stick to 5Ks….
I’m not sure what I think about acclimating for something like this. I kind of think it’s better just to get it out of the way before your body figures it out. :) When I was in Cusco, Peru, it was only after the second day I had trouble with the altitude. Of course, even a week wasn’t enough to prepare for four days of hiking…but with a race….just do it & be done!
(I’m not a doctor, don’t follow my advice. Just my opinion…)