Not an official answer here either, not an expert... ;) BUT You will definitely have a better time of it at lower elevations, having lived and trained at higher. To what extent, I am not sure if there is any kind of conversion. Rest assured, a lowlander coming to your turf would certainly suffer by comparison. I was running half marathons a few years back, and came for a visit to your territory. My husband said, let's do Pike's Peak! We hiked it, while folks were out there training for that marathon. I could barely walk it, let alone run it. Loved it though! ;)
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I don't know the official answer, but can speak from personal experience. I live in the Denver area (~5280 ft ). I did a half marathon in Kona and found it an easier run. It was my fastest pace, though I'm not really fast.
I live in Utah and the regular routes I run are between 5100 and 8400 feet above sea level.
In December we are traveling to Hawaii and I'm curious as to what is realistic to expect, result-wise. We'll be at maybe 1000 feet and I'm planning to take advantage of that and see if I can shave some time off of my 5k and 10k times.
I've done a little research and a lot of what I am finding says it doesn't make a big difference. Does anyone have experience with this?
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