2018 Mt Hood Marathon
Published: Aug. 8, 2018, 12:52 p.m.
Describe your race day.
Overall it was ok since I did not achieve my goal but the race it self was well organized and the volunteers as always were helpful and nice. Not much standout from this race vs. Mt Lemont or Charleston. The high points were beautiful Mt. Hood mountain at start line, race tradition pictures with Coach Paul and Clark!. The low point was to wait almost 40+minutes for bus back to downtown and rolling hills the last part of marathon. Don't think I will run this one again (will run Mt Charleston and Mt Lemont again)
Did you PR?
No. Qualified for Boston at Revel Mt Charleston marathon April this year at 4:35:50 with about 4 min cushion. My goad for Mt Hood is to extend this cushion by 1 or 2 minutes but finished at 4:43 so about 9 minutes off target.
How would you describe the course?
Love the first 10 miles with beautiful view of Mt in the back ground and sun rise. The rolling hills after mile 15 is kind of boring with traffic next to you, plenty of room to run but not very peaceful but rather a bit noisy. I find this course is more difficult than Mt Charleston and no spectators when turn into Sandy.
Tell us about your training.
Training program from Coach Paul is awesome. He explained in details the weekly workout and the reason for each workout which helpful to me to understand the benefits of each workout. Mt. Hood is my third marathon race with Revel and training with Coach Paul. He is easy to talk with and his podcasts are informative, to the point and with great sense of humor. Training advice I would give is to make sure you be realistic with your goal as Coach will build training program on it. My first training was way too aggressive and I could not achieve the training plan pace. Mt. Hood training plan was much closer to my fitness and I was able to achieve most of the workout plan. Thanks Coach!
What advice would you give future runners?
I like the Host Hotel Double Tree as it only about less than 100 yards from Light Train from and to Portland Airport ($2.50 one way). Also walking distance to Expo location Convention Center and can take light train to downtown. Weather this year was not cold at start line, did not need gloves or blanket. It was very warm by the time I hit mile 20 so short sleeve and short.
What fun things did you do in the area before or after the race?
Checked out downtown before the race and went to Rose Garden in Washington park after the race. Also went to Seattle the day after the race.
Traveled from Orange County, California.