2017 REVEL Big Cottonwood Half Marathon
Published: Sept. 10, 2017, 1:39 a.m.
Describe your race day.
Had a great bus ride to start the day and even better is how much I enjoy the expo and logistics of this race. One of the most memorable things was the starting line. Having to use a lane of the road and run up the road 2 tenths of a mile and then turn and run down was horrible. It was so so crowded that I couldn't even move or even pass people. I was almost walking through that section. That first half mile was really tough to start so slow and have to make up time from the beginning.
Did you PR?
I was on pace to PR. My PR is 1:38 and after 10 miles I was on pace to finish at 1:36. But then the hill out of the canyon killed me and I was lucky to finish. I ended with a 1:42, and yes still a pretty good time but with that long hill it was such a let down. I wish this race started up the canyon further so we could get more canyons miles.
How would you describe the course?
The start was horrible. The first half mile was a joke and I hope the race never does that again. In my 5 years running this race I have never had the start be so horrible with the crowds. The canyon was great, it always is but the last 3.5 mikes out of the canyon was a killer this year. I truly wish we could start further up the canyon and do a lot less miles out of the canyon.
Tell us about your training.
Training went welll. I did run the canyon 3 times while training and did 14 miles in the canyon starting from the silver lake parking lot. I would tell others to run lots of miles and then at the end run uphill to prep your legs.
What advice would you give future runners?
Just enjoy the canyon. It is the best.
What fun things did you do in the area before or after the race?
Nothing. I almost passed out for the first time in 5 years. I spent my time after the race trying to rehydrate and waiting in a huge line for a message. I wish I would have felt good enough to use my bib tags.