Get ready for your trip
Get ready for your trip
We want you to get the maximum enjoyment out of your running vacation, and we also want you to get the maximum benefit from the hard work that you put in while you’re here. We’ve put together some suggestions so that you are ready for your trip.
We accommodate a wide variety of athletes, but it is recommended that you build up to a minimum of 30 miles per week to enjoy the full benefit of our training program. At our camp most athletes will be going on two runs per day, and we want everyone to see as much as possible in a safe manner.
In the 3 weeks leading up to your stay with us, we suggest building a long run to at least 10 miles so that the longer trails still feel doable. Of course, if going shorter is the better option, we have multiple guides for each run so we will adjust the distance for you.
Adding some hill work into your weekly routine is suggested as well. Expect lots of elevation change, as we will be enjoying the beautiful scenery of the mountains!
Have questions? We’re here to help, so feel free to contact us any time!
Altitude Acclimation Tips
Running at high-altitude is fun and will get your fitness to the next level quickly. However, there are a few precautions you need to take before heading up high. Altitude acclimation is serious business and altitude sickness or hypoxia can occur if you are not careful.
Our training camps are designed so your exposure to high-altitude is gradual. Upon arrival in Prescott, you will be exposed to 5,000 feet elevation for a few days before we decide to head over to Flagstaff. It is still important to review the following altitude acclimation tips to be sure your trip is trouble-free.
Take it easy
On the first few days, it’s important to gauge your effort. Breathing will be harder during workouts, you will likely get more dehydrated, and recovery will take longer. Those are all typical downsides to altitude acclimation. If you have compression socks or pants, wear them overnight after your workout to help recovery.
Effort vs Pace
Forget about your watch for a while. If you are used to running at 8:30/mi pace, you will have to adapt to a slower pace. Use effort rather than pace as an indicator for intensity. You should know what your pace feels like back home, try to emulate that without looking at your watch. This will be even more true when running trails.
Studies have shown that an iron deficiency can slow down altitude acclimation and can lead to early onsets of high-altitude sickness. We recommend blood work be done with your doctor before heading to higher altitude. Iron supplements are also an option but be sure to consult with your doctor first.
The lists below were compiled as a suggestions of items to bring with you on your trip. Be sure to read the altitude acclimation tips above as well so you are ready for your trip.
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