I happen to be in Salt Lake City the same weekend as the 5K/half marathon/full marathon this year! Which race should I do?
Let’s look at the facts:
- Elevation difference between Chicago and Salt Lake City = 3640′. Less oxygen at higher altitudes = less oxygen delivered to exercising muscles. Acclimatization to altitude can take two weeks to several months. Although, I did read that a loss of air resistance can overcome the effect of reduced oxygen in wind-resisted activities like running. Hmm, do you think there is any truth in that?
- The race is Saturday morning and I arrive Thursday night.
- The courses (images from here):
- I’ve bonked all 5 marathons I’ve run.
- Race starts at 7:00 am mountain time – a little more sleep since I am coming from central time? HOWEVER, I will have shared a bed the night before – who knows how much sleep I’ll have gotten!
- As is typical with traveling for races, my eating and drinking may be a bit off.
- The race is near the end of April. I think it was warm (80s?) last year and cool the year before.
- I won’t have any spectators (that I know) on course.
- I have a running base that would allow me to train for any distance at this event.
- I will probably spend the day before the race hiking.
So, what should I do?
I am actually quite excited that the weekend I had the opportunity to go to Utah is the same weekend as the race. What a coincidence! I am sure I would have been looking for a race no matter what, but the fact that it is their marathon/half/5K is really fun!