Need some serious running advice

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    Aug 06, 2007 1:35 AM GMT
    Here is my situation. The Guard is sending me to Santa Fe New Mexico in three weeks and then I have to spend two additional weeks in the El Paso area. Elevations are roughly 7000 and 5000 feet above sea level. I am used to running at 1000 feet above sea level. Obviously, while I am out there I am going to have to do a PT test.

    I have this feeling that I am going to be sucking for oxygen at the higher altitude. What can I do to prepare?

    (Oh, I just found out about this little trip a few days ago so I haven't been putting running off).
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    Aug 06, 2007 1:14 PM GMT
    If you're a runner at sea level, you'll definitely feel it. The main thing I can suggest is that you NOT OVERTAX YOURSELF - your body will adapt over time, but if you demand too much, you'll delay your adaptation and risk some problems.

    Start with a jog or even a walk at altitude, and build back up slowly. Do not expect to get up to speed (so to speak) in the 3 weeks in Santa Fe.

    Go eat some chili - I'm jealous. ;)

    J.
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    Aug 06, 2007 2:29 PM GMT
    Any 1SG worth thier salt will give you three weeks to aclimate before administering an APFT. I'm not sure if it is in the regs specifically, but it makes sense taht it would be. You might want to look into FM 20-21.

    As for running, run farther. The APFT is 2 miles. Run four miles or more.

    I had this same problem when I was a Huachuca. I almost puked the first time I ran from one builidng to another. On the upside, when I finished my term there and came back to sea level, I could run like a bastard.
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    Aug 06, 2007 11:36 PM GMT
    Thanks guys...

    According to the 'schedule' that was emailed to me the actual PT test is in fourth week, there will be daily PT to and gradual road marches to build up to it.

    I love physical exercise, I just don't want to die doing it.

    Joey...I will eat that chili for you!

    Grew up in Albuquerque as a kid, I'm so looking forward to getting back to New Mexico.