2017 REVEL Mt Charleston Half Marathon
Published: May 7, 2017, 6:49 p.m.
Describe your race day.
HALF MARATHON Beautiful start into the sunrise. REVEL thought ahead and provided blankets and gloves for corral. Plenty of porta potties. First class busing. Early start good to keep from heating up the day. Felt great, ran by feel, not by my watch or phone. I was able to maintain pace throughout the race. My fastest mile was mile 13. A little competition near finish line pushed me to the end. Nice finish area, with enough massage folks and support.
Did you PR?
(HALF) Set a PR at age 54 on this fast course. PR by 4 plus minutes. My previous PR was 1:44, but that was when I was 4 yrs younger. Prior to this race, my times had been slowing. I may have qualified for Boston had I completed the Full.
How would you describe the course?
(HALF) Course is beautiful. Into the sunrise, with the snow on Mt Charleston shining in the sun. Interesting fauna along the course. Straight course, only a few turns that force some breaking. Cones in middle of lane were a hazard, but necessary for traffic. Downhill was NOT so steep that it caused breaking, jarring impacts. Slight rise mile 11 of the course separated some of the runners, which I liked.
Tell us about your training.
I trained for a full marathon, in the event a slot opened up. Used a course that was mostly downhill, with a 2 mile uphill in the from mile 2 to 4 for a few long runs. I believe this was a difference maker. I would try to more speed training, I didn't think I had it in me. I would recommend longer (16-20 mile) training runs for seasoned runners, to build stamina for late push.
What advice would you give future runners?
I would have tried to stay at the Mt Charleston Resort, or closer to the pickup area, had I not been staying with friends. Bring a disposable blanket to keep warm at start. I wore shorts, a no sleeve shirt and a technical hooded shirt, and was warming up near the end. For shoes, have your foot analyzed before buying, and buy local, they will normally exchange them if they do not work for you first week. Pray for the weather to be the same as this day!! It was absolutely perfect!!!
What fun things did you do in the area before or after the race?
We spent time short hike at Red Rock Canyon, don't wear your running shoes hiking! Following the race we did some sight seeing. In the days following the race, I went out early and ran the Strip 8 mile round trip, ran the Hoover Dam Rail Trail, 8 mile round trip. Hiked to Mary jane Falls Mt Charleston (Snow on the trail, deer in the woods, and trail that can be done with effort. Hiked red Rock Red Spring. Geat rock formations, grippy rock surfaces for trail shoes.TAKE WATER WHEREVER you go, if you think you need 2, take 3 of 4. I kept a case in my rental car.Or use camelback. Travelled from Altoona PA