2016 REVEL Big Cottonwood Half Marathon
Published: Sept. 11, 2016, 8:14 a.m.
Describe your race day.
The start was cold but I had planned on that and brought warm clothes to put into my drop bag. The first couple of miles were chilly but the rest of the race was the perfect temperature for running. I felt good the whole race and enjoyed it from the start to the finish line!
Did you PR?
No, I didn't but I wasn't planning on a PR for this race. I've been battling planter fasciitis this past year and I was hoping to be able to finish the race with a good time and not in too much pain. I did just that!
How would you describe the course?
It is the most beautiful course out there. I love Big Cottonwood Canyon and train there regularly. There weren't too many runners crowding the course, either - Just perfect!
Tell us about your training.
I've been training for this race specifically for the past two months. I run three times per week with one longer run in the canyon to get my body used to the downhill grade. I think that doing canyon runs as part of your training helps get your body ready for this type of course. I also cross train three times per week with weights.
What advice would you give future runners?
Dress very warm at the start and trust that your drop bag will be there at the finish and be sure to look around you and enjoy the view as your run your race!
What fun things did you do in the area before or after the race?
My husband and I both ran the race and enjoyed hugging to keep warm at the start and visiting with other friends who ran the race at the finish. We are from Salt Lake City and have run this race all five years it's been around. We are "Legacy" Runners and keep signing up for it year after year and are never disappointed!