2017 REVEL Mt Charleston Marathon
Published: May 17, 2017, 8:13 a.m.
Describe your race day.
It was beautiful! The course was perfect, the weather was perfect and the tail wind was ideal. The aid stations were run very well.
Did you PR?
YES! I PR'd by over a half hour! And I FINALLY got my BQ that I've been trying to get. Finished the course in 3:32.
How would you describe the course?
Perfect downhill course, not too extreme downhill like a lot of them are. It flattens out near the end, but is still downhill. That helped me to continue fast to the finish. Mile 24 was hard, that uphill had me digging deep, but it was nice to go back to gradual downhill after that to get me to the finish.
Tell us about your training.
I trained a lot for this race. I really wanted to get that BQ and I heard this course was where to do it. I ran over 100 miles a month. I did a lot of course specific training. I live by Zion and Kolob, and there is a canyon run down Kolob that is very downhill. I did all my long distance runs going down that hill (a 20, 18 and 13 miler). I did a lot of tempo runs, and I also did a lot of uphill training. I knew there are always unexpected hills, which this course had, and I wanted to be ready to make the switch of going downhill to uphill without loosing energy.
What advice would you give future runners?
Besides race training, you have to eat right! I studied a lot about what to eat the week of because I didn't want any bathroom issues during the race, that just kills your time! I carb loaded for 3 days straight before the run and made sure to drink lots of water the whole week. The night before I had angel hair pasta with marinara sauce, simple with no extra fat to have to digest on the run. While I was running, I had a race band that was course specific which really helped, my friend made it for me. I just knew as I was running I needed to keep close to those times, which helped me not to go too fast.
What fun things did you do in the area before or after the race?
There was a group of us friends running it together. We rented a condo through VRBO and ate at Olive Garden. After the run, we all got great times, so we rewarded ourselves with new pairs of LuLu Lemon running shorts and capris. We only live 2 hours away, so we went home. We're from the St. George Utah area.