2015 REVEL Big Cottonwood Marathon
Published: Sept. 13, 2015, 8:30 a.m.
Describe your race day.
It was a great day! Everything seemed really organized and well put together. Parking was easy, bus lines moved quickly, starting line was a little tight. Race was fast and beautiful. Finish was also well organized.
My only complaint was they ran out of chocolate milk before I finished (and I was one of the first 100). I was counting on that so I didn't bring my own and there was no other recovery drinks (powerade, warm soda and water were the only options).
The medical personnel were great, the live music was fun and the location was perfect!
Did you PR?
I got my PR by about 11 minutes. I also qualified for Boston.
How would you describe the course?
Beautiful winding course through Big Cottonwood canyon. A little steep in some areas, but a nice downward grade. The out and back part of the race was really tough and quite demoralizing. I really had to a gut check to maintain PR pace through that. I'd like to see if there's a way to change that for next year.
Tell us about your training.
I ran down a few of the canyons in Utah, including Big Cottonwood for my training. You've got to train on downhill to be ready for downhill.
What advice would you give future runners?
My only mistake was the type of socks I wore. I blistered really badly (to the point of bleeding and having to stop at the medical tent). I wore a warm jacket up until the race started and then ditched it right when the race started. It was probably warmer than usual so that may not work for everyone.