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March 13, 2019

As you work your way through a training plan, your mileage and intensity build over a course of weeks. If you are training properly, your plan will start with relatively light effort and modest distances a few months from race day. As the weeks pass, your mileage and intensity levels will build, peak, and then taper.

Your total weekly mileage is your training volume. Your total weekly mileage and intensity together are your training load. Your overall goal is to gradually increase training load, with regular “step down” weeks for recovery, until you are about a month out from your target race. This is known as the “peak” of training, when your volume and intensity – your training load - are at the highest points of your training cycle. In other words, your mileage and intensity both “peak.” After that, you taper to race day.

There is no “magical point,” like a specific day, where your training load should peak. Instead, it is a period, generally about a month away from your race, where you are running more miles and with more focused intensity than at any other time in your training cycle. This is your “peak period,” not a “peak point.” Accordingly, you should think of your “peak” in terms of weeks, not a single point.

Keep in mind that the peak period is not the point at which your performance should “peak.” Ultimately, you want your performance to peak on race day. Your training plan should still contain high intensity, like pace work and speed work, inside the final weeks of training. You do want to give yourself more rest by lowering your volume, but you should maintain your speed and high-level performance as you approach race day. If all goes according to plan, the lower mileage during the taper will leave you feeling more rested, but the continuing intensity will have you feeling fast and ready for race day.

If you are uncertain about how to structure a training plan for your half-marathon or marathon, consider working with an experienced coach who can guide you through training. Your coach will help you find the proper volume, load, buildup, peak, and taper for your race.

 

Paul Carmona is the Online REVEL Coach who has designed training plans specifically for REVEL downhill courses. He is a 20-time REVEL Marathon Finisher and has run multiple Boston Qualifiers on every REVEL course that he has run, with his current streak at 18 BQs in a row at REVEL marathons!

Feb. 7, 2019
The Run Down - REVEL Race Series Newsletter Feb 2019

REVEL Kulia Course Preview

REVEL Kulia

A course strategy – and overall race strategy – is a must for optimal performance on race day. Whether this is your first REVEL race and your goal is simply to finish, or you are REVEL veteran aiming for a PR or BQ, you should have a well-planned strategy for how you intend to manage the REVEL Kulia course! The head coach of REVEL’s Online Coaching Program, who has run a Boston Qualifier in all the REVEL marathons, has prepared a detailed description of the Kulia Marathon and Half-Marathon courses.

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Kulia & Mt Charleston Price Increases

Mt Charleston

REVEL Kulia & Mt Charleston have price increases coming up on Feb 12. The Mt Charleston Half Marathon still has spots but the Marathon is SOLD OUT. You can still join the marathon by purchasing one of the limited Charity Bibs for $249 (space is limited). Kulia is our new Hawaii event and has the most elevation drop of any REVEL course. Mt Charleston increases $10 and Kulia increases $15, so be sure to sign up now!

We're Hiring!

We're Hiring

As we continue to grow, we need more help! We're currently seeking a Graphic Designer and Race Director/Event Expansion Specialist. Both positions are full-time and based in our offices in Pleasant Grove, UT. For full details and to apply, please checkout the official Job Postings.

LAUNCH TEAM TRAINING STARTS

Launch Team

The Launch Team youth training for REVEL Mt Charleston starts this week in Las Vegas and Salt Lake. Sign your youth up now! Launch Team has trained hunderds of youth of all ages and athletic abilities to complete REVEL half marathons. If you think your kids can't handle it, they are tougher than you think! Altra, Hoka, Sketchers, and New Balance have donated shoes and Aftershokz has donated Bluetooth headphones that will be given to the first youth to signup (while sizes remain).

Learn more at https://thelaunchteam.org.

Things To Do - BIG BEAR

Big Bear Skiing

Whether you're in the mood to ski, snowboard or snow tube, Big Bear Mountain Resort is the place for you this winter. Enjoy bluebird days and the best snow conditions in Southern California.

 

Race Calendar

Mar. 9, 2019 REVEL Kulia
Big Island, Hawaii

Price Increase Feb 12!

Apr. 27, 2019 REVEL Mt Charleston
Las Vegas, NV

Price Increase Feb 12!

Jun. 2, 2019 REVEL Rockies
Denver, CO
Jun. 29, 2019 REVEL Mt Hood
Portland, OR
Aug. 17, 2019 REVEL Chilliwack
British Columbia, Canada
Sep. 14, 2019 REVEL Big Cottonwood
Salt Lake City, UT
Nov. 2, 2019 REVEL Mt Lemmon
Tucson, AZ
 Nov. 9, 2019 REVEL Big Bear (replaced Canyon City)
SoCal

Charity Donation Highlight

American Cancer Society

REVEL Kulia is proud to partner with another amazing group: American Cancer Society. The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service. Keep your eyes out for the Hawaii Chapter who is bringing their Aloha spirit to the Aid Stations on course!

Mother/Daughter Running Duo

Jacquie and Cam

Jacquie and Cam were awarded the Guinness World Record for running the most marathons run together by a parent and child, 120 and counting! At 66, Jacquie ran the 2018 Big Cottonwood Marathon and placed first in her age group while Cam had a PR at 3:33 with 3:30 on her horizon for a spot in the Boston Marathon. Congratulations you two! Keep up the good work.

Aftershokz

Aftershokz

AfterShokz headphones are unlike any other brand. They don’t nest inside your ears and they don’t cover your ears. They don't even play music the same way your other headphones do. AfterShokz uses bone conduction technology headphones and an open-ear design that allows you to take in all that pushes you, from your motivational playlists to the crowds cheering at the finish line. It’s time to remove the earbuds and take in all that drives you with AfterShokz. Save $50 on the Adventure Bundles by using code REVEL at checkout.

Random Race Entry Winner

Random Winner

Congratulations to Nancy Young who ran the 2018 REVEL Big Bear Marathon. She was randomly selected as the winner of a FREE race entry to any 2019 REVEL event. Keep your eyes out each month to see if you're the next random winner. Nancy, email revel@runrevel.com to claim your prize.

 

Dec. 20, 2018
The Run Down - REVEL Race Series Newsletter Dec 2018

Kulia, Rockies, & Mt Hood Price Increases

Rockies

REVEL Kulia, Rockies, & Mt Hood are all ringing in the new year with a price increase. The best way to make sure you stick with those New Year's resolutions is to sign up for a race! Kulia is our new Hawaii event and has the most elevation drop of any REVEL course. Rockies is in Denver and has a strong downhill finish along with the most diverse scenery of any REVEL course. Mt Hood is in Portland and has the perfect weather for running in the summer, not to mention one of the highest BQ rates of any race in the country. All these have a $10 price increase on Jan 1 so make sure to sign up  now! 

Seeking Volunteer YOUTH Coaches

Launch Team

The Launch Team is seeking volunteer coaches and youth participants in Salt Lake and Las Vegas to train for the REVEL Mt Charleston Half Marathon. Groups meet twice a week starting in February for training. Launch Team's mission is to get youth of all abilities off the couch and out running. Parents can also sign up and join their youth in training and at the race. Parents do not need to run the same pace as their youth. Altra, Hoka, Sketchers, and New Balance have donated shoes and Aftershokz has donated Bluetooth headphones that will be given to the first youth to signup (while sizes remain).

Learn more at https://thelaunchteam.org.

 

Things To Do - Chilliwack

Seven Sisters

Seven Sisters Trail is a relatively short, easy hike that can be fun for the family. It's 3km (2 miles) in distance and has an elevation gain of just 70 feet (23m). It’s a beautiful hike in the Cultus Lake area, leading to a grove of old douglas fir trees. Chilliwack is the PERFECT place to plan your summer vacation with the family in 2019. 

 

Race Calendar

Mar. 9, 2019 REVEL Kulia
Big Island, Hawaii

Price Increase Jan 1, 2019!

Apr. 27, 2019 REVEL Mt Charleston
Las Vegas, NV
Jun. 2, 2019 REVEL Rockies
Denver, CO

Price Increase Jan 1, 2019!

Jun. 29, 2019 REVEL Mt Hood
Portland, OR

Price Increase Jan 1, 2019!

Aug. 17, 2019 REVEL Chilliwack
British Columbia, Canada
Sep. 14, 2019 REVEL Big Cottonwood
Salt Lake City, UT
Nov. 2, 2019 REVEL Mt Lemmon
Tucson, AZ
 Nov. 9, 2019 REVEL Big Bear (replaced Canyon City)
SoCal

Intermountain Healthcare

Intermountain Healthcarel

Running with proper technique makes runners more efficient meaning you can run longer, faster and safer. TOSH Orthopedics has four tips to help with your technique. More tips to follow in upcoming newsletters. 1. Stride angle, the angle formed by your thighs at toe off. This angle should be as wide and large as possible. Improved stride angle is accomplished through two key modifications; rear leg extension and a higher knee drive in the front leg. Both motions require strength and range of motion in the hips. Read More...

home for the holidays

Richelin

Richelin signed up for the REVEL Big Bear Half Marathon as a countdown for
the end of her husband's deployment. Twenty minutes before the race began,
she got a text that he boarded his flight out of Afghanistan. The race was
symbolic of the past eight months, the struggle, the growth, and the triumph
of finishing. We thank Richelin's husband for his service and congraulate her
on crossing the finish line!

REVEL Mt Lemmon Winners

REVEL Mt Lemmon was held on November 3, 2018 in Tucson, AZ. Here are all the winners:

Brent Bailey
Male Marathon Winner
Brent Bailey
2:33:43
Laurie Blankenship
Female Marathon Winner
Laurie Blankenship
2:57:50
Daniel Crane
Male Half Winner
Daniel Crane
1:13:27
Lauren Reasoner
Female Half Winner
Lauren Reasoner
1:16:11

Half Team Winner
Volte
1:29:58

Marathon Team Winner
Keep It Moving
3:19:36

Random Race Entry Winner

Random Winner

Congratulations to Taylor Edwards who ran the 2018 REVEL Big Cottonwood Marathon. He was randomly selected as the winner of a FREE race entry to any 2019 REVEL event. Keep your eyes out each month to see if you're the next random winner. Taylor, email revel@runrevel.com to claim your prize.

 
 
 
Dec. 15, 2018
Launch Team HeaderLaunch Team Kids
Launch Team Kids

The Launch Team is seeking volunteer coaches and youth participants to train for the REVEL Mt Charleston Half Marathon in Salt Lake and Las Vegas. Groups meet twice a week starting in February for training.

Launch Team's mission is to get youth of all abilities off the couch and out running.

Parents can also sign up and join their youth at training and at the race. Parents do not need to run the same pace as their youth.

Altra, Hoka, Sketchers, and New Balance have donated shoes and Aftershokz has donated Bluetooth headphones that will be given to the first youth to signup (while sizes remain). 

Learn more at:

TheLaunchTeam.org

 

Volunteer Coaches Needed

Launch Team is also seeking volunteer coaches. Coaches get a free entry to the REVEL Mt Charleston Half Marathon. Apply to be a volunteer coach at:

Coaching Application

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Nov. 16, 2018
The Run Down - REVEL Race Series Newsletter Nov 2018

REVEL Chilliwack in BC Canada on 8.17.19

Announcing REVEL Chilliwack

We are excited to announce a new location in the REVEL Race Series! Join us on Saturday, August 17, 2019 for the Inaugural REVEL Chilliwack Marathon & Half. Starting high in the breathtaking British Columbia mountains and running downhill to end in Chilliwack, this course offers the signature downhill profile and beautiful scenery that REVELers have come to love.

Marathon Net Drop: -2,081ft (-660m)
Half Net Drop: -615 ft (-187m)

Register for Chilliwack by November 30th to save up to $15 by using code EARLY combined with the team discount.

The race course runs down the Chilliwack River Valley situated less than ten miles north of the US/Canadian border and approximately 60 miles southeast of Vancouver. Runners will be treated to unbelievable scenery as they fly down this blazing fast course in one of the most picturesque valleys in British Columbia.

The City of Chilliwack is the proud host of the race finish venue. This postcard-worthy town is one of the most popular summer destinations in North America. With world-class resorts, dining, golf, hiking, fishing, and cultural events, you will want to plan your epic summer trip around this event. Dust off your passport and get ready to REVEL with us at our first international race!

Register Now

Mt Charleston Price Increase

Mt Charleston

REVEL Mt Charleston in Las Vegas has its first price increase on Nov 19. This event is on the verge of selling out, so do not delay. With BQ rates around 40%, this is one you do not want to miss.

Register for Mt Charleston

 

 

2019 REVEL Jackets

2019 REVEL Jackets

The 2019 REVEL Jackets are now available for pre-order! With a REVEL logo on the chest plus the race location icon on the back, this running jacket is designed to keep you dry and comfortable. A water-repellent finish helps protect against light rain, and a sweat-guard pocket provides storage for small essentials. Reflective details finish the jacket.

 

 

TRAINING TIP: Maintenance Running in Winter

Winter Training Tip

Winter is when many runners do not follow a specific training schedule, and often wonder how far and how hard they should be running during the “off-season.”

Instead of thinking of the November-February period as “off-season,” it is better to think of this period as “maintenance” mode, where the primary focus should be on maintaining an aerobic base. Most training miles should be in an easy, conversational pace, and the weekly training should follow these general guidelines:

  • Aim for 40-60 minutes of easy running, three to four times per week. Make one of those a longer run, but don’t aim for anything much longer than 90 minutes or so.
  • Mix up routes to keep boredom away, or run with friends or groups.
  • Take plenty of walk or water breaks if needed.

Once a week or every other week, it’s ok to go out and do some speed or hill work, but keep in mind that the level of effort in these workouts should be less than what is typically scheduled during racing season. The goal of these “maintenance” speed and hill sessions is not to perform at high levels, but to keep just a little bit of intensity in the weekly running regimen. Remember, the primary goal is to work on building a strong aerobic engine, which means lots of miles at slow, easy paces.

For a training plan that is designed specifically for REVEL downhill courses, consider the REVEL Online Coaching Program, which is designed by 20-time REVEL Marathon Finisher and Coach Paul Carmona, who has run multiple Boston Qualifiers on every REVEL course!

 

Things To Do - Rockies

Cherry Creek Trail

Looking for a great place for a shake out run before race day? Check out Denver's Cherry Creek Trail spanning 40 miles from Confluence Park to Cherry Creek Reservoir. Each section of the trail has something to offer; from the cities murals, Cherry Creek to deeply wooded areas, this trail does not disappoint.

 

Race Calendar

Mar. 9, 2019 REVEL Kulia
Big Island, Hawaii
Apr. 27, 2019 REVEL Mt Charleston
Las Vegas, NV

Price Increase Nov 19, 2018!

Jun. 2, 2019 REVEL Rockies
Denver, CO
Jun. 29, 2019 REVEL Mt Hood
Portland, OR
Nov. 3, 2018 REVEL Chilliwack
British Columbia, Canada

Use Code EARLY for $10 off before Nov 30, 2018

Sep. 14, 2019 REVEL Big Cottonwood
Salt Lake City, UT
Nov. 2, 2019 REVEL Mt Lemmon
Tucson, AZ

Use Code EARLY for $10 off before Nov 20, 2018

 Nov. 9, 2019 REVEL Big Bear (replaced Canyon City)
SoCal

Save The Date. Registration to open soon.

Intermountain Hospital

Intermountain Hospital

With winter fast approaching and colder temperatures the norm, going running means a little more preparation. Here are three things to consider before heading out for a cold weather run: Dress appropriately. As a rule of thumb, dress for weather 20 degrees warmer than the actual temperature outside. You may be a little chilly as you start, but once you get moving and generate sweat you’ll get comfortable, without getting too warm. Stay hydrated. In colder months, runners often neglect drinking adequate fluids. Because you sweat in both cold and warm seasons, it’s important to always take in enough fluids. Be visible. Colder temps also mean shorter days, which equal less light and more darkness. Take your personal safety and protection into your own hands by wearing a reflective vest and consider a headlamp and backlight too, for ultimate safety.

LA Fitness

Big thanks to LA Fitness for providing 10 lucky winners a free 2019 REVEL Race entry. Runners can still take advantage of their free 7 day guest pass by following this link. If you are one of the 10 lucky winners listed below please email revel@runrevel.com to claim your free race entry: Sage Palica, Charity Bender, Michelle Harrison, Megan Haug, Amon Kwon, Steven Wyatt Jackson, Amber Foster, Melissa Gamallo Tarascio, Amelia Mireles, Karrie Middaugh.

Lending a Hand

Helpers

Big kudos to Jenni & Bill who helped Epifanio cross the marathon finish line at REVEL Big Bear last month! Jenni knew that if she was so close and couldn't get across herself, she would want someone to carry her. It's outstanding to see the support runners provide after pounding their own 26.2 miles and still find the energy to help a runner in need.

REVEL Big BEAR Winners

REVEL Big Bear was held on October 13, 2018 in Redlands, CA. Here are all the winners:

Oswaldo Hurtado
Male Marathon Winner
Oswaldo Hurtado
2:34:29
Carina Heilner
Female Marathon Winner
Carina Heilner
2:47:21
Tony Martinez
Male Half Winner
Tony Martinez
1:08:22
Maria Castaneda
Female Half Winner
Maria Castaneda
1:23:18

Half Team Winner
Rebel Runners
1:21:22

Marathon Team Winner
Jose's Mexican Food
2:56:15

Powerade

Powerade

HUGE thank you to Powerade for providing 234,000 Powerade cups and 1.8 million ounces of Lemon Lime Powerade to our REVELers in 2018.

doTerra

doTerra

"doTERRA Deep Blue was the reason I was able to finish my race" said Chelsie after finishing the REVEL Mt Lemmon half marathon. If your legs are cramping during a REVEL event look for Deep Blue at our last 7 aidstations.

Charity Donation Highlight

Mountain C.A.R.E.

Proceeds from REVEL Big Bear went to Mountain C.A.R.E, a non-profit community-based organization serving the communities of Angelus Oaks, Mountain Home Village and Forest Falls, providing a new web cam to the community! Web cams are essential in providing useful information about road and weather conditions.

Launch Team Update

Random Winner

Just because Launch Team is on a break till the winter program doesn’t mean they stop running!! 3 Launch Team members got their Triple REVELer medal after completing the REVEL Big Bear half marathon. Congrats to the Black family and to Erin who came in 3rd in her age group!! #thelaunchteamrocks

Random Race Entry Winner

Random Winner

Congratulations to Chastity Hertel who ran the 2018 REVEL Mt Hood Marathon. She was randomly selected as the winner of a FREE race entry to any 2019 REVEL event. Keep your eyes out each month to see if you're the next random winner. Chastity, email revel@runrevel.com to claim your prize.

 
 
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