2015 REVEL Big Cottonwood Marathon
Published: Sept. 13, 2015, 8:08 a.m.
Describe your race day.
This was was great! It was my second marathon. My first was two years ago where I was thankful to make it to the finish line in 5:30. I said I'd never run another marathon. I finished in 3:49 yesterday! I couldn't believe this course helped me cut 101 minutes off my PR! The course was beautiful and the volunteeres were great. I'm glad there were aid stations every 2 miles, definitely helped me keep hydrated at a higher altitude. The pacers were great! I ran either the 4 hour and 3:55 groups and they were so motivating. I was starting to hit a wall during miles 22-23 and the 3:55 pacers were so motivating :) they encouraged me to keep going and make it to the finish line ahead of them.
Did you PR?
Yes! Dropped 101 minutes off my race! Didn't qualify for Boston, but I'm planning to come back next year and give it a shot!
How would you describe the course?
18 miles in the canyon with georgeous views! I've run a half in the Rocky and Teton Mountains, but this race was definitely one of the prettiest courses I've run.
Tell us about your training.
I only averaged 33 miles per week during my 15 week training plan. During long runs (18-22) I just focused on getting through the miles and didn't worry about going quickly. I also did some cross training - road cycling and hiking. I think the cross training and low mileage helped me to stay unhurt during my training.
What advice would you give future runners?
Bring a coat! I lucked out since it was warm this year, but next year I'll definitely back my puffy to wear before the race.
What fun things did you do in the area before or after the race?
I drove down mirror lake scenic bi way Friday and it was so pretty! Great way to see the beautiful scenery in Utah without tiring out my legs before race day.