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Coach Darren Brunardt’s Tips For Running At Altitude Part 2

Be prepared this summer for our new Nike Cross Country Camp at Colorado Mountain College!

People ask about acclimating and altitude sickness a lot. What is something you can do to be ready when you come out here?

1. Hydrate! Drink 2-3 Liters of water every day. If you are in a good habit of being hydrated before you get to Colorado, it will be easy to stay hydrated at 10,152 feet.

2. Sleep is important too. Get plenty of sleep before any trip. If you are in a good habit of sleeping, you will be rested. Your energy will be higher, and you will feel better on the trails.
3. Eating well is critical. Practice a healthy balanced diet before you get here. Fuel is paramount to the fire that burns inside you.

Energy and hydration make a huge difference when tackling the altitude. Take these steps and the altitude will be easier to manage! This is Colorado! This is running in the mountains! Remember to let Mother Nature embrace you and listen to her heart beat, just breathe in the magical mountain air, be prepared to get swept away, and the world will fade away by putting down the technology to get outside and play. Running at altitude will change you. You will be able to face challenges and overcome them in a positive fashion. You will hear your breath differently, and you will be able to manage your anxiety better. Your experiences on the trails and in the woods will bring you closer to why our species started running in the first place: to live!

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