2015 REVEL Big Cottonwood Marathon
Published: Sept. 12, 2015, 5:03 p.m.
Describe your race day.
Everything was so well run! They provided heat blankets and gloves for the wait at the start line, the race started on time, and the course was absolutely gorgeous. I started getting some chafing around mile 8 (not enough Glide!) but the aid stations came immediately to my rescue with vasoline at every single stop. The volunteers were so friendly and helpful and encouraging. The only complaint I have about the course was that it was hot, but they can't control the temperature!! When I got to the finish line, I was severely dehydrated and the first aid tent staff were so responsive and nice. The medals were huge! This was a fabulous marathon experience for me.
Did you PR?
Yes, by 4 minutes.
How would you describe the course?
The first 18 miles in the canyon are simply stunning. The temperature is perfect, very shaded, and almost all downhill. The out-and-back loop from miles 18-23 were a rough rolling hill section in the glaring sun. The final 3.2 miles were also very hot but downhill, which made them more bearable.
Tell us about your training.
My training was perfect for this race. My longest training run was 20 miles - I don't think I needed more to complete the marathon. I also did a rigorous weight training plan with a personal trainer once a week to build solid quads and hamstrings. I think that made a huge difference in my marathon experience.
What advice would you give future runners?
I arrived 2 days early to acclimate to the altitude. I definitely recommend that. Also I can't emphasize enough how important weight training for my legs was. It made all the difference. Don't go out too fast on the downhills or you'll burn your legs out before you get to the out and back section.
What fun things did you do in the area before or after the race?
Ate at Red Iguana for lunch after the race - such delicious Mexican food - try the moles