2015 REVEL Big Cottonwood Half Marathon
Published: Sept. 14, 2015, 10:02 a.m.
Describe your race day.
Arriving to the start line was dark, and cold. Spirits were high, and I don't think I heard anyone complain about the chilly mountain air, as we were all huddled together with the foil emergency blankets provided by race sponsors. The course was incredible, with the most breathtakingly beautiful view, plenty of aid stations, and happy volunteers ready to high-five you with a cup of Gatorade in hand!
Did you PR?
I hit a new PR of 1:51:06! Not BQ, but there was a time I never thought it possible to get a sub 2:00 time, which I did, barely, three years ago, then beat that by eight minutes at Revel BC!
How would you describe the course?
Breathtaking views, manageable grade for the most part, (a few points I had to slow myself down so I wouldn't fall), and it was nice that it got easier and easier to breathe as we descended into the valley.
Tell us about your training.
I've been training consistently for almost a year, but my hill/mountain training should have been more of a focus. Even running as frequently as I do, not being accustomed to that much of a decline hammered my body, and I'm still having ibuprofen for breakfast two days later ;)
What advice would you give future runners?
Train for the terrain you're going to be racing! Bring a disposable sweatshirt (one you can toss when you warm up), don't eat crap the day before, or race day. Remember how much running speeds tour digestive gears when you're choosing your pre-race fuel!
What fun things did you do in the area before or after the race?
I live in the area, so not much. But had I traveled here, I would have spent a day in Park City, going down the Alpine Slide, then some mild hiking on one of the many trails there, and shopped on Main Street, concluded by a summer concert at Deer Valley Resort!