Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Barefoot-style Running and Altitude

When I started this little journey a year ago, one of the first thing I noticed was how easy it was to run uphill in my Vibrams.  Done right, it feels like you're just bouncing up the hill.

For the last two days, I've been running at altitude.  Yesterday's run was over 9000', and today's was probably a 700' gain at around 8000'.  I've had a couple of days to acclimate, but not much exercise before yesterday's run; just a two-mile walk on slightly-hilly ground.

So I'm quite pleased to report that running barefoot-style at altitude has been no more difficult than running at near-sea-level last week.  I'm a little bit slower, but don't feel light-headed at all. Carrying stuff up a flight of stairs still leaves me winded though. 

Isn't that odd?