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Sunday, April 24, 2011

My marathon is at a higher elevation...what does this mean?

I remember when I signed up for my marathon 5 months ago reading something about elevation/oxygen levels effecting my marathon....
I am at sea level and my marathon is at 2200 feet:( I thought I had read I would be fine but there is a local coach who knows quite a bit about this who told my friend this could add 5min onto my time... sigh. that's a BUMMER!
but it makes sense....if there isn't as much oxygen in their air...and I haven't trained at that elevation it really could affect my performance.

Has anyone else trained at sea level then ran at an elevation of 1500 feet or more difference?


  1. I don't think this should make too much of a difference. Now training in Iowa and Oregon and then returning home to Colorado (5,000 ft and higher)...now that made a difference. I think you'll be fine...try not to think too much about it because it is what it is even if it does make a slight difference and all you can do is just go run your pretty little heart out! :) Go get 'em!

  2. Amanda..it's so true. I would almost prefer to remain ignorant lol b/c what can I do now??? thanks for your positivity! xo I just hope it doesn't "feel" like I can't breath the same...that would suck! lol

  3. Well I hate to be a bearer of bad news, but elevation will make it a lot harder to breathe. When I went running in Utah a few months ago, I was dying. I am sure though that Utah is a much higher elevation than where your marathon is going to be so I am not sure how high the elevation has to notice a difference.


  4. I was amazed last summer how much more difficult 1500 feet difference made. However, it was also warmer than I was used to so it may all even out in the end. You are so well trained even with your setbacks that you are going to do great!


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