Training Tips from the Leadville Podium - Page 2
Start of the LT100. Photo by Rob Timko / Timko Photography
What advice do you have for first-time Leadville runners?
Dylan: Be prepared for the altitude. Start VERY slow. If you can make it to halfway in good condition, you stand a much better chance of getting to the finish line.
Ashley A: If it weren’t for the altitude, Leadville would be a fairly fast course. That makes it easy to get carried away in the first [relatively flat] 13 miles. Be conservative and hold back. No matter where you’re from, the altitude can take unpredicted tolls on your body.
Neal: First and foremost, maintain a respectful, healthy fear of the altitude factor, particularly if you live at lower elevations. If not acclimatized, practice running slowly both in training and in the race, particularly early on.
Liza: Get there as early as you can and acclimatize. The course and climbing are straightforward. The altitude is not. Here's an article I wrote for a friend about acclimatizing for lowlanders heading to mountain races this summer.
Duncan: The Leadville 100 is unique for the simple fact that much of the course is runnable. In particular, the first 40 miles are relatively flat, fast and smooth! One of the biggest mistakes I see first-timers make at Leadville is going WAY TOO FAST in those first 40 miles. Take it easy and leave yourself some “juice” for later in the race.
Ashley N: Coming from an altitude of just over 3000 feet (I live in Sisters, Oregon), I found it really helpful to get to Leadville early. Luckily, my husband and I are both teachers, so we have summers free. We spent three weeks camping in Colorado with our one-year-old daughter before the race—family vacation/acclimating time for us!
Nick: If you train hard, the racing will take care of itself. Run conservatively through the first half, get back over Hope Pass and then enjoy some really good running from Twin Lakes all the way to Fish Hatchery.
Tina: Try to allow time to acclimate to the altitude. Take it easy on Hope Pass. Respect the mountain and altitude. Enjoy the beautiful scenery. Have fun with your pacers and crew.
Zeke: Be patient. It may not have the profile that other trail 100s have, but it's deceptively difficult. Rarely, if ever, does anyone negative split at Leadville.
Ryan: If possible, do some training at altitude. Training on the course will really help, as you will know what to expect. Start off conservatively so that you finish strong.
Read on to learn about the most challenging parts of the course and how to prepare ...