2017 REVEL Mt Charleston Half Marathon
Published: May 9, 2017, 9:59 p.m.
Describe your race day.
A year ago, Mt. Charleston was my first half marathon. I was very excited to see what I could do on (almost) the same course with a year of running under my belt. I was a bit worried because my training had fallen off a bit due to work obligations, but I built a race plan in my head and was excited to see how it would play out.
Did you PR?
Yes! PR by 16 minutes (but prior PR was the Red Rock Canyon half, which has some crazy uphill sections). Also, my time was 22 minutes faster than last year at Mt. Charleston.
How would you describe the course?
Beautiful scenery over the first 8 miles (downhill), then nice residential into the finish. Much better route over the last few miles than the 2016 course. (2016 course had an unfriendly uphill overpass and a slightly sketchy intersection.)
Tell us about your training.
Sporadic leading up to the race, but I had been following a basic half marathon plan for my late February half marathon. Not a lot of downhill training though.
What advice would you give future runners?
Bring layers while you wait for the start, but be ready to shed them before the race or pretty quickly into it. I took my long sleeve layer and beanie off by mile 3-4, and I am typically cold. Some friends didn't have enough layers at the start (and they were on one of the first buses), so they were not happy campers. Don't be tempted to go out too fast at the start, although pushing it a little bit due to the downhill assist isn't bad.
What fun things did you do in the area before or after the race?
I am a Las Vegas local, so we all went out for a big brunch at Echo and Rig (Tivoli Village in Summerlin).