2015 REVEL Big Cottonwood Half Marathon
Published: Sept. 14, 2015, 9:03 a.m.
Describe your race day.
The cold at the beginning was a bonding experience. I made quite a few new friends. The course started out with a slow downhill warm-up and got fast quickly. It was quite a shock to exit the canyon into the full heat and sun.
Did you PR?
I took four minutes off my PR. I might have done even better but there were significant lines at every aid station for the toilets. I spent at least five minutes waiting to pee.
Tell us about your training.
My training worked perfectly. I did a lot of mountain biking and weight lifting; focusing my efforts on my quads. I did a practice three mile run on a steep grade while wearing a weighted vest to test my race day plan. Short strides are key to the steeps. Tape your knees!
What advice would you give future runners?
Stay at one of the race hotels. Residence Inn had a breakfast set up for race day; we were able to pack what we wanted. The buses took us directly from the hotel to the starting line.
What fun things did you do in the area before or after the race?
I drove in from Fraser, Colorado. It was my first Revel, so I volunteered for packet pickup to get as much information as possible. I had as much fun volunteering as I did running.