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High Altitude Running Camp

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Question: “Paul and Ed, do you still host an altitude training camp in the summer for high school age elite athletes? I have a sophomore that has aspirations of running D1 like her sister that is looking for an elite camp in July at altitude… ”

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Paul Pilkington and I (Ed Eyestone), along with Paul Cummings enjoyed doing our high altitude high school running camp for over 15 years. The camp was in Park City, Utah most years but we also enjoyed doing the camp at Wolf Creek in the upper Ogden Valley near Pineview Reservoir. It was a two to three week period every summer that our families enjoyed as they stayed with us in Park City and helped with the camp. After Paul Cummings tragically passed away in 2001 we continued the camp for several years. However, as our responsibilities expanded with our coaching assignments at BYU and Weber, as well as traveling with athletes and broadcasting during the summer, it was difficult to continue the camp. Paul Cummings and his wonderful family had always done much of the preparation for the camp and without their time and talents it was also difficult to maintain.

Currently, I do the BYU running camp open to athletes from the age of 12-18. While not at the high altitudes of Park City we are still at about 4600 feet which can be a great introduction to training at altitude. The dates of the camp this year at BYU are July 12-15 or July 19-24. Registration can be done online at www.byusportscamps.com. The runners who come to the BYU camp have a great time and get to associate with kids from all over the country. I think your daughter would enjoy the camp!


Ed Eyestone – Brigham Young University Head Distance Coach | Olympic Distance Runner

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by on May.03, 2010, under Expert Answers, Training

Marathon Training Schedules for an Older Runner

Expert Panel Question???

“There are many training schedules for a marathon but there doesn’t seem to be anything tailored for an older runner. I’m 59 and would like something geared more to me. I just can’t run fast.”

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Response from Paul Pilkington:

I would follow one of the marathon training programs, but would make some adjustment on the recovery days between hard workouts. As older runners we tend to need more recovery. Once we get over 40 years old we start to lose muscle. Training helps to offset the loss, but an untrained over 40 year old will lose around a pound of muscle a year. As a result, instead of 1 easy day between quality workouts you might need 2 or 3 days. You’ll still run on those recovery days, but don’t be afraid to slow down and listen to your body. If the schedule says go hard on Tuesday and Thursday you might want to experiment with Monday and Thursday to get an extra day of recovery.

Response from Janae Richardson:

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by on Mar.03, 2010, under Expert Answers, Utah Running

Paul Pilkington – Utah Running Expert

Paul Pilkington – Weber State University Head Distance Coach | Elite Athlete

Paul Pilkington is currently the head cross country men’s and women’s coach at Weber State University. He also works with the distance runners as an assistant coach of the men’s and women’s track and field teams.

Coach Pilkington has aided the success of many individual athletes and the Weber State Cross Country and Track and Field teams. While at WSU, Pilkington has coached five NCAA All-Americans and one Olympian. He coached Lindsey Anderson to All-American status in college and then helped her qualify for the 2007 World Championships in Japan, the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and the 2009 World Championships in Germany. Under Pilkington the WSU men’s team finished second in the Big Sky Cross Country Championships in 2007 and 2008, and fourth in 2009. In the women’s Big Sky Cross Country Championships, Pilkington led the women’s team to a second place finish in 2007, a third place finish in 2008, and a second place finish in 2009.

Prior to his current coaching position, Paul was the head cross country coach at the University of Illinois from 2003-05. While there he coached two athletes to the NCAA Championships and helped one athlete qualify for the World Cross Country Championships U.S. Team.

In addition to being a respected coach, Pilkington is also a successful runner. As a collegiate athlete, Pilkington was a NJCAA All-American in the steeplechase at the College of Southern Idaho and an All-American in the steeplechase while attending Weber State. Pilkington however, is best known for his post-collegiate career as an elite marathoner. In 1994 he won the USA Track and Field Marathon in Los Angeles, CA. He qualified for the Olympic Trials four times and made the US World Championship team in 1995. In 1993 he was the USA Track and Field 20K National Champion and the winner of the Houston Marathon in 1990. He has had top ten finishes in marathons throughout the world, including London, Berlin, Moscow, Venice, San Francisco, and the Twin Cities Marathon.

Paul Pilkington grew up in Blackfoot, Idaho. He earned a Bachelors degree from Weber State and a Master’s Degree from Utah State. He currently resides in Ogden, Utah.

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by on Jan.01, 2010, under Utah Running Experts

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