2017 REVEL Mt Charleston Marathon
Published: June 29, 2017, 4:53 p.m.
Describe your race day.
This was a great course- super speedy! It was my 22nd marathon and I'm convinced it might be the fastest qualifier in the country. The downhill grade was perfect, not too steep, but enough it definitely helped you maintain speed with less effort. Weather was fabulous as well- it did feel hot until the end (and I always feel too hot). The race was a nice size- not too many, but you were definitely never alone.
Did you PR?
Yes! I was totally surprised since I am getting older (almost 45) and haven't run a marathon this fast in 4-5 years. It was only a 20 second PR, but my largest Boston Qualifying buffer (17 minutes). I ran 13 minutes faster than my "A" goal time for this race. I met lots of out of towners who were there to BQ or PR.
How would you describe the course?
Reminded me a lot of St. George, but no uphills. That is the only other desert marathon I have to compare with. The start was beautiful and cool. The downhill grade was perfect, not too steep, but enough it definitely helped you maintain speed with less effort. I started conservatively and passed many runners miles 12-19 and that was fastest race split. The last 6 miles were more difficult as it flattened out and came into the city, but I knew this and was mentally prepared. I also had planned on this section about a minute a mile slower than my canyon pace. Started to get hot and not much shade. I think many runners could have used and an extra aide station miles 23-26 or some ice. I came with 9 run friends and all of us clocked the course at 26.4ish. Not a big deal unless your barely qualified or something.
Tell us about your training.
I trained more minimally for this race due to past injuries and getting older. I ran 3 days a week (both up and downhill) and downhill skied 3 mornings a week from Jan-April. I definitely think my quad strength from the skiing helped to run downhill and not have my legs too fatigued. I would definitely try to do some downhill running with flat or slight uphill for the last few miles. About half my long runs were like that.
What advice would you give future runners?
Prepare for the downhill, smile lots and have fun!
I normally take 5 gels/gus on a marathon. I did 6 this time and think it helped me a bit.
What fun things did you do in the area before or after the race?
Eating and shopping with friends! I am from Salt Lake City area so we drove to and from the race.