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Elevation Pain

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I’ve blamed a lot on elevation since I moved to Colorado. Can’t run? Elevation. Out of breath from climbing stairs? Elevation. Constantly drinking massive amounts of water? Elevation. It makes a difference.

Because of this elevation thing, I was very excited to try running back in Ohio over the 4th of July.  I couldn’t wait for basically no elevation, right on the lake. I was ready to speed through my two runs at a record pace and make it look easy.

Well….. False. Not the case at all. Yes, the lack of hills and lower elevation rocked. But I forgot about humidity. Oh yeah, that. Ugh. It wasn’t the worst humidity I’d ever felt, but it was noticeable after running in Colorado and adjusting to running in it was a challenge. I wasn’t winning any speed awards, but I did finish and get to mix up the scenery a bit.

I did notice that my breathing was much better. I was able to talk on the phone with headphones while running, which would never happen in Colorado. Feeling like I was in control of my lungs instead of the other way around was an awesome feeling. On that I hope continues as I get more and more miles under my belt.

So the lesson was that I need to quit complaining about elevation and just be thankful for no humidity! I’m only a few weeks in so I can’t expect miracles yet. Hopefully within the next month or two running anything less than 5 miles will be easy peasy lemon squeezy. Hopefully. That’s a big hope. We’ll see! 

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