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Altitude training … suggestions please!

The Atacama Crossing is underway! For the record, I am not racing in Atacama at the moment .. but I will someday! The previous post on the race was to drum up some support for the Singapore-based participants Thaddeus Lawrence and The Desert King. The race is run at altitude, the highest elevation being 3000m.

This got me thinking about my training for the UTMB .. where there’s about 9500m (yikes!) of positive altitude change. We start at 1000m, and the highest peaks are about 2500m, so training in pancake flat Singapore is a bit of a problem considering our highest ‘peak’ is 164m (no, I didn’t leave out any zeroes).

UTMB Course Profile

After some research, I figure I could go to Genting and train, hopefully an affordable option both time and money-wise, and the elevation is between 1000m and 1800m at the top.

So, here’s where I need some input. Anyone knows of any runs in that area (trail or road .. preferably trail) that would be safe to do alone? Any other locations which are possible for altitude training would be appreciated (Must be accessible and affordable from Singapore). Also, any recommendations for places to stay? I figure I could stay at one of the Genting resorts like First World Hotel and just run loops from there. Anyone keen to do this as well let me know! Cheers!

BTW, take a look at DO‘s post on barefoot running and this one at Birthday Shoes on starting barefoot running and barefoot running in ultramarathons. Still doing my daily barefoot runs and trying very hard to be patient about this!

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Happy trails :D

Out on the trail today!
Had a brilliant run on the Macritchie trail this afternoon, a steady 10 miles with very little pain .. woohoo! My ribs are still sore but I think I’ll have to put up with it for another couple of weeks.
Ran with the new Salomon pack and it’s absolutely brilliant! Nothing moved, fits like a glove and comes with more bells and whistles than you could dream of. Big thumbs up! There’s only a 5 litre space in the pack for a spare jacket or other kit, but it’ll carry 1.5 litres of fluid, has stretchy side pockets and two bottle holders in the front. It also comes with two extra kit pouches that velcro on. So if you use the bottle holders to stash your favourite things, it’s quite a tardis really. It’s even got pole holders which I’ll try on my next run. This is a pack for minimalist long runs and races, perfect for the Sabah Ultra-Trail Run in April! 🙂
I’m so tickled about being able to run again … I’ve had a cheshire cat grin on my face all evening! Seeing a physio tomorrow to try and suss out what’s popped in my back, so fingers crossed it’s nothing serious. 
Might be able to rock up for King of the Hills Mountain Marathon in Sai Kung (HK) next weekend, I’m still thinking about it … we’ll see what the physio says tomorrow! Anyone else going?