2018 Mt Hood Marathon
Published: Aug. 11, 2018, 9:58 p.m.
Describe your race day.
The race was well organized from start to finish. I don't think one memory stands out the most as I crashed towards the end of the race so I've probably been trying to push all memories of the day aside.
Did you PR?
How would you describe the course?
Certainly mostly downhill as expected, but I did not expect the amount of uphill that there was. I guess I didn't pay close enough attention to the elevation map.
Tell us about your training.
I did not train properly for the downhill. I ran almost exclusively on flat paths. I peaked at 64 miles with a 3 week taper of about 60/40/20% of peak mileage, with every run being an easy, slower run. This worked for me when I PR'd by over 5 minutes in a half marathon last year with a 1:20 so I was confident it would work for the marathon. I think I would have had a good chance at a sub 3 on a more flat course, but the downhill definitely requires different training than I did (I finished with 3:06 having walked much of the last 6 miles or so : / ).
What advice would you give future runners?
Train the legs for the downhill!
What fun things did you do in the area before or after the race?
Explored Portland after the race. Had a fun time eating a ton and hobbling around the city. : ) Drove 8 hours from Chico California with a buddy.