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Inside Pro Runner Jordan Hasay’s Altitude Training

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Jordan Hasay is known for many things. Her bright blonde braid. Winning college national championships in the indoor mile and indoor 3,000 meters. Being the most decorated collegiate runner in Oregon history.

But if there’s one characteristic Hasay is remembered for, it should be this: Pushing the envelope.

When she was a pre-teen, Hasay started shattering records. The young phenom broke the 12-year-old age group record for the 3,000 meters at 9:48.77 and earned a reputation for besting elite runners years older than her. Then she set the United States’ high school record for the 1,500 meters with a 4:14.50.

Hasay has pushed boundaries since the beginning of her running career. Now she’s doing the same with her diet and training regimen. Hasay, 24, travels to Park City, Utah every spring for intensive altitude training to get her ready for the most important stretch of the season.

“Park City is about 7,000 feet above sea level, which really heightens the benefits of my workouts," Hasay said. "Training there for a month every year is a ton of work, but it’s just part of the lifestyle.”

Working out at altitude is incredibly difficult at first. The air is thinner, which makes breathing much more taxing. But as the body adjusts, and produces more red blood cells to help deliver oxygen to muscles, athletes can see major improvements in their fitness level when they get back to sea level.  

“The extra red blood cells make your body more efficient when you return back to sea level,” Hasay said. “When I’m at altitude, my workouts are harder because I’m breathing furiously. When I come back down, I feel like I can breathe easier. That leads to better race results.”

Altitude training can greatly impact one’s diet. When Hasay trains in Park City, her body burns more calories than when she runs at sea level. She makes sure to monitor her nutrition even more closely than normal and ingest added calories.

One adjustment that Hasay makes is altering her BiPro whey protein isolate intake. When at sea level, Hasay drinks one, sometimes two BiPro protein shakes per day. But during altitude training, her muscles are working that much harder. They need an extra protein boost.  

“BiPro is a huge component of my altitude training. Athletes tend to lose weight when they’re at altitude,” Hasay said. “I have three scoops of BiPro every day when I’m at altitude and have really seen a difference in my body. It’s helping me train better and make sure I’m not losing weight.” 

Hasay takes extra steps to make sure she’s in peak form every day. After runs, she typically does some light weightlifting and then goes through a series of stretches. Hasay focuses on dynamic and static movements that loosen up her hamstrings, calves, quadriceps and lower back.

Undergoing intense altitude training and taking the time to perform those extra exercises have made Hasay one of the top long-distance runners in the world. Add a lean protein supplement like BiPro to the mix and who knows what records she might break next.

“It’s so nice to put a serving of BiPro in my milk right after a workout to recover and consume good calories,” Hasay said. “At the professional level, everyone is talented. You have to look for ways to really maximize nutrition, sleep and all of those components. That’s why I started using BiPro.”

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