2016 REVEL Big Cottonwood Marathon
Published: Sept. 10, 2016, 11:09 p.m.
Describe your race day.
I felt I did everything right except the pacing. Big mistake. In any event, the setting is truly stunning. The people are enthusiastic. When I hit the wall at the end, the spectators were very encouraging.
Did you PR?
I set a PR for the half marathon, unfortunately I was racing the full marathon. At the half I was on pace for a 3:15, I finished at 3:45. Probably, if I had been more restrained in the beginning I could have qualified for Boston with a respectable 3:25.
How would you describe the course?
Beautiful and steep. The first mile is as steep as any part of the course. It is hard to run an ordinary pace without feeling like you are putting on the breaks. The first 19 miles were generally downhill and in the shade. At that point the course goes uphill in the full sun. A rude awakening.
Tell us about your training.
I trained on hills but they were not steep enough to prepare me for this.
What advice would you give future runners?
It is really cold at the start of the race. Bring plenty of layers and the space blanket they give you. Before you start take off the layers and put them in your race bag. (they are very efficient getting your bag after the race). This course is faster in theory than reality. Using previous races, my training times and an online calculator at findmymarathon.com, I estimated I could run this course in 3:15, in reality, 3:25 was probably the pace I should have targeted. Obviously, this is a fast course, just not that fast. The hills are too steep to take full advantage of. Crystal Inn was nice place to stay, it is only 1 mile from finis-/ so I walked back after the race.
What fun things did you do in the area before or after the race?
After the race, I got a massage at Massage Envy, and it helped with the soreness.