2015 REVEL Big Cottonwood Marathon
Published: Sept. 12, 2015, 5:44 p.m.
Describe your race day.
I've run my fair share of them through out the state and this one was one of the best put together of them all! You all did a great job from all the pre race notifications, the pamphlet and directions, I loved the tracking system and was happy to send it out to family so they could follow my progress. The only thing that seemed to have some bugs was the text messages, people seemed to get them much later than "real time". All of the volunteers (civilians and police) truly made this event come together. The amount of aid stations, the size of the finish area, all the wonderful vendors and music were truly awesome. Thank you, I'll be back for more!
Did you PR?
This was my first full marathon.. I attempted one a few years ago but due to a pulled ACL I did not complete it so yes I did PR with a 3:22!!! And I am more than happy about the results.
How would you describe the course?
Fast, painful (after wards) and tougher than I thought it would be!
Tell us about your training.
Trained for approx. 6 months. Did not train with anyone or any guides, I simply ran and made sure I was confident I would be able to get to the coveted 26.2 mile distance. During the summer I competed and completed a few half marathons (Timp, South Jordan), and a couple triathlons to ensure I was hitting the mark and was as fast as I could be. I cut out things such as pizza, sweets, as many saturated fats as possible and upped my protein intake before rides or runs.
I completed my longest run of 22 miles 3 weeks ago, intended to get one more long run in but was hit by a car while I was cycling a week and a half ago. I held off so my swollen knees and ankles would have some time to rest prior to race day. Make sure you are ready to run downhill, don't procrastinate or think "its downhill, it will be easy."
What advice would you give future runners?
RUN DOWN HILL!! Pick a half or a full that may not have such the elevation change and challenge your body to that. Downhill is perceived as easy but it can be brutal on your body.
What fun things did you do in the area before or after the race?
Laid down on the lawn! Ate pizza (oh my god it was good as it was the first slice I've had in about a year. But Hey! I earned it). listened to the great live music and congratulated many of my fellow competitors. I especially congratulated the older among us, they are a true inspiration to the rest of us!