Nadia Despain

2016 REVEL Big Cottonwood Half Marathon
Published: Sept. 10, 2016, 10:24 p.m.
  1. Overall Rating

    5/5 Stars

  2. Describe your race day.

    It was AMAZING! The course was gorgeous. The signs at mile markers with encouraging/funny things were welcome. Very well organized. The volunteers were great. I specially loved having the PTs doing taping at the beginning of the race. Everything was perfect, even the weather was perfect. Cold at the start but amazing at the end. I ran the whole thing battling either ITBS or runner's knee. Not sure which one, so I felt it the whole time, but either way I finished.

  3. Did you PR?

    Yes! By 13 minutes! I went from 1:53 to 1:40!!

  4. How would you describe the course?

    Gorgeous, fast course. I had heard it was really downhill but it was not as radical as people kept telling me. The hardest part is getting out of the canyon at mile 10 and running the last 3 miles relatively flat. It's so hard on the calves!

  5. Tell us about your training.

    Great training until the last 2 weeks before the race when I started having ITBS/knee issues. I stopped running completely and my longest training run was a 10 miler. Hopefully next time I won't be dealing with an injury but it just makes it all the more impressive that I finished.

  6. What advice would you give future runners?

    It's better to be cold at the beginning of the race than having to haul your layers down, so dress light. And the best one for this training cycle was, "Stop thinking about it. Just do it."

  7. What fun things did you do in the area before or after the race?

    I'm from Riverton, so I just went home. :)


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