30 Mar '16, 2pm

Can Running at Altitude Help My Marathon?

Running at altitude is tough : with less oxygen in the air and a higher risk of dehydration, you’ll inevitably run slower. A photo posted by Jason Fitzgerald (@jasonfitz1) on Nov 2, 2015 at 10:48am PST Just consider that you sweat and exhale twice the amount of fluid at 6,000 feet altitude than you do at sea level! With lower humidity and air pressure, evaporation is increased from both your skin and mouth. And at the same 6,000 feet altitude, there’s about 20% less oxygen in the air ! But these drawbacks are often outweighed by the advantages of altitude training. The primary benefit is increased red blood cell production, leading to more efficient oxygen delivery to hard-working muscles (through EPO ). This adaptation will essentially allow you to exercise harder, for longer, with less effort. There’s a reason most professional distance runners spend a few weeks (or long...

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