Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Altitude Adjustment

I suppose there are a number of ways to prepare your body for running at altitude, however I can't imagine one more enjoyable then spending a week in Leadville acclimating amidst the beautiful views of the Rocky Mountains. Myself, Zach (my son) and Molly (my daughter) along with a number of other LT100 participants take over the Leadville Hostel for the week prior to the big event on Saturday. Wild Bill and Kathy take care to make sure all of their guest, especially their runners are well taken care of, they have yet to disappoint. Went for my last run prior to the race today, a 4.5 mile run around Bald Mtn at 12,000 ft. Running since Vermont has been limited (by design) averaging just 20-25 miles per week. This allows my legs to recover while at the same time maintaining fitness, at least that's the plan. I am beginning to see that getting from race to race is going to be as much of a challenge as getting to the finish line of the races them self. In addition to the recovery, the demands of life don't go on holiday so that I can stay focused on the next event. A lot of effort and time goes into preparing to run a 100 mile race, not just by the runner, but by the runner's family as well. I am blessed to have a family that has always supported my participation in these sort of events and am doubly aware of the "strain" running four of these will place on our entire family. So in the weeks between each event I try to find that delicate balance between staying focused, and giving all I can to minimize the impact this could potentially have on our family. I am also increasingly aware of how fortunate I am to do what I do and to have a team of truly great employees at Great Plains Running Co who not only support and encourage me, but also make it easy to be gone as they continue to give our customers great service while I'm away.

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