29 Aug '17, 3pm

Train for Mountain Running, Even if You Live at Sea Level

Train for Mountain Running, Even if You Live at Sea Level

The elevation of Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania is 531 feet above sea level. The tallest peaks in the area are just a couple miles long. The elevation of Manitou Springs, Colorado—home of the Pikes Peak Marathon—is 6,320 feet. The high point of the famed race is 14,000 feet. Going from Bloomsburg to Pikes Peak is insanity. Or so I told Janelle Johnson, a 41-year old from Pennsylvania farm country, a region more known for horses and buggies than mountain runners. Johnson brushed aside my concerns with the laid-back attitude common in her native Australia. On August 20, Johnson proved me—and conventional wisdom—wrong. Without specific preparation for altitude, and with limited mountain training, she road-tripped to Colorado, camped a few nights in the shadow of Pikes Peak and won the master’s division, finishing eighth female overall. Johnson’s journey can provide some insight int...

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