Maria Huston

2017 REVEL Big Cottonwood Half Marathon
Published: Sept. 10, 2017, 6:02 p.m.
  1. Overall Rating

    5/5 Stars

  2. Describe your race day.

    Waiting for 90 minutes for the race to begin was a pain, but hey, that's racing. THANK YOU! for the mylar blankets and gloves! Potty section was a bit dark. This was a destination 1/2 for us from San Diego, so it was different, beautiful, unique. Not sure what to expect. I'm glad we drove the course the night before. Loved all the volunteers and ample potties along the course!!! It's the little things, right? I hit the wall at mile 11. I managed to finish with a respectable time (for myself). loved that some of the community came or to cheer us along the canyon. I liked that there were signs notifying of photographers. At least I knew when to look up and smile. Finish was fine, my name was called. Water could have been in more places at finish. I do wish for Food allergy friendly grub. It was different and fun!

  3. Did you PR?

    No, almost did. I hit the wall at mile 11. That means I need to train a bit more and come back!

  4. How would you describe the course?

    Challenging (I've never run down hill for 13.1 miles) Fast (Ego boost for my pace!). Road a bit pitchey, you need to watch where you are going. Really nice scenery. There was a waterfall coming out of the rocks.

  5. Tell us about your training.

    Run 3-4 times a week, long run on weekends. I need more hill and speed work.

  6. What advice would you give future runners?

    Strengthen your legs, hill work, speed, distance. Have fun with this race. Dress accordingly, we read reviews that 2016 was COLD. I'm glad we had the blankets. Once you got running, it warmed up. Don't start the race like a bear is hot on your trail, ease into it. Drive the course the night before.

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

    We flew in the day before, so no real sight seeing. Sat in the hot tub at the hotel after and walked to get lunch/dinner. Too tired to go any where. The hotel had an okay Bar and eats to stay close by. Flew out morning after race. Close get away race from San Diego.


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