30 Mar 2013
It’s wonderful to be back in Flagstaff! With a week under my belt, I’m loving life. The altitude training is ideal, and because I have been here twice before, I have a repertoire of amazing training spots to choose from for each type of run I do.
Comparing this visit to my first a year ago, I can see I am already adapting more quickly in terms of workout pace/effort and recovery. My training buddy Hilary arrived just a few days ago, so we are lining up our schedules for the duration of the stay. We’ll head to Sedona for a few key workouts next week where the elevation drops to 4500ft (Flagstaff is at about 7000ft). This enables us to run a bit faster, while still reaping the benefits of moderate altitude.
We are really fortunate to be staying at the home of Alicia Shay. Alicia is a talented runner and two-time NCAA champion (10,000m) who is shaking up the trail-racing scene. Watch for her to kill some world-class events this year.
I’m capturing some video footage of our time here— everything from training approaches to the more mundane aspects of daily life—all the elements that make for a successful camp. Once I put this together, I’ll post it to give you an idea of what we get up to.
After this training block, my plan is to race a fast 10km at the Vancouver Sun Run, followed by the Montreal Half-marathon. Coach Trent and I have some additional options lined up for May/June, aiming to preface marathon training with a quick half-marathon effort. I will also be running an 8km as part of the BMO Vancouver Marathon weekend— a Saucony sponsored event. I know a number of you will be racing too, so I’ll be keeping an eye out for your results and feedback.