This morning I did my level 3 Jillian 30 day shred workout before work. When I got home from work I headed out for a 3.5 mile run at 10:00/mile pace. I just ran around on the roads around our house. It was one of those runs where you just kind of keep running around until you hit the distance you’re aiming for. The weather was a bit warmer today, getting up to 40 degrees, but it was still windy. I was able to run in shorts, though, which was nice. My legs need all the Vitamin D they can get. I realized today that I haven’t taken a complete rest day since February 17. I’ll finish the 30 day shred on Tuesday, which means next Friday will be my first complete rest day in quite some time!
Today I worked in a community called Burke’s Garden. It’s literally a little valley that sits like a bowl up in the mountains and it’s really pretty up there.
Burke’s Garden is actually the highest valley in Virginia, and sits at 3,100 feet. It’s nicknamed “God’s Thumbprint” and for good reason. Check out the aerial picture and you’ll see what I mean.
This community is where the Varmint 1/2 Marathontakes place, a race that is held every year in June. Barry and I ran it last year and had a good time, and are planning to run it again this year. It was a very challenging run, as it is very hilly and is run at elevation. We live at approximately 2300 feet, so I’m not sure how much effect the additional 700 feet had. The hills make the race so difficult, it’s hard to say if the additional elevation affected us or not.
I know my running was definitely affected when I went to Denver last summer for work. The fist thing I did when I got there was drop my bag at the hotel and go out for a run, and I paid for it. I spent the rest of the evening with a headache and nausea. Over the week, I adjusted, but all of my runs while I was there were challenging.
That’s an advertisement I saw on the side of a bus while I was in Denver. I thought it was pretty funny!
Do you live at a high or low elevation?
How much elevation change (either up or down) do you think we have to have before we feel an effect in our running?
Have you ever traveled somewhere that had a significant elevation change from where you live?