Okay I am officially getting nervous.
Why am I freaking out about the elevation?
- The Utah Valley Marathon starts at about 6000(+) feet.
- Charlottesville, VA is at 548 feet – yes, I just Googled that because I was curious.
- Virginia Beach (where I ran Shamrock) is at 12 feet.
- Richmond (where I ran my very first marathon) is at 229 feet.
- Walt Disney World? (actually Lake Buena Vista) is 108 feet.
To be honest, this is a topic that I didn’t want to look too much into, as I was sure that I’d COMMENCE FREAKING OUT as I am now, but in the past few weeks, hubs has started to run and said he was considering the 10K in Utah. He was concerned that the elevation could be a detriment, and sent me this running calculator to predict race times on a variety of factors, including elevation change. WHY DID I CLICK ON IT? AHHH! It made me crazy thinking that even with the training I’ve been putting in, I could be negatively impacted by thin air….cos y’know, that’d be a lame reason to not PR.
So what I did do next?
Google, google, googled. Bad idea…an article on altitude training doesn’t do much help less than 4 weeks out (!!) from 26.2 training.
Moral of the story…
There ain’t nothin’ I can do about it at this point – just continue to train smart…repeat to myself, “it’s JUST a marathon” and remember that Utah Valley will not be the last 26.2 I do (seriously, it can’t be, because I already registered for WDW’s 20th Anniversary running) though it *might* be my last shot in 2012.
Got any advice for this low-altitude trained runner?