Carolyn Laitsch

2016 REVEL Big Cottonwood Marathon
Published: Sept. 11, 2016, 3:46 p.m.
  1. Overall Rating

    5/5 Stars

  2. Describe your race day.

    After coming within 35 seconds of getting my Boston Qualifier on my first marathon 5 years ago, and fighting to get one I GOT MY BQ at Big Cottonwood!

  3. Did you PR?

    Yes and got my BQ!

  4. How would you describe the course?

    The down hill was fast, I even had to hold back as I knew that there was 2 miles of rolling hills coming up. I was very happy to see that the last mile was down hill as I was pushing for my Boston Qualifier. Made it by 2 minutes.

  5. Tell us about your training.

    I used a professional trainer. I had been fighting to get my BQ for 5 years after missing it by 35 seconds on my first marathon. I had used three different coaches over the years and overtrained twice. I came close in a May marathon. I showed my coach this marathon and we worked together to train me for the down hills so that my hip joints and quads would hold up. Lots of speed work on hills to build up my hips and glutes. It worked!

  6. What advice would you give future runners?

    Don't run too fast down hill. It is tempting, but the impact will make your joints and quads too sore for the rest of the race. I did this two years ago and ended up limping to the finish. This year I held back on the down hill (30 to 45 seconds faster than my goal pace) and my legs held up so that I could push the last miles to the finish.

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

    Shopped at Trader Joes. Did a google search of restaurants and found two great ones. The sponsoring hotel Holiday Inn Express had a hot tub and pool that we enjoyed with the company of other runners.


  1. Carolyn Laitsch
    Sept. 11, 2016, 3:47 p.m.

    We traveled from Cortez Colorado

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