2018 Mt Hood Marathon
Published: Aug. 11, 2018, 10:54 p.m.
Describe your race day.
Beautiful location! I felt great. I understand the need for the wave start, and it was fine except for the energy at the start was a lot more subdued with a smaller group and more low-key starting line. Still, the Revel enthusiasm was contagious. Our bus dropped us off at a strange place and we had to walk a ways to the waiting area, so maybe the buses need a bit more instruction. My biggest hangup was the aid stations - I didn't bring along food for the race knowing that there would be awesome aid stations along the way. There was one with orange slices and I think bananas and I didn't take any there as I was not quite ready and was sure that if there were these things available at one station they'd be at others. I never did see any fruit again. I'm not sure if they ran out (I was in the last wave) or if that was the plan but I'd say definitely make fruit available at multiple aid stations. I completely ran out of energy by the end. I was ok with the open course for the most part. There were times that I got hit with truck exhaust and that was unpleasant, but overall it was great. I loved the finish line at the trout farm, what a cool place. This race was a blast!
Did you PR?
Yes! I PR'd by one minute. I didn't BQ, nor was I trying to!
How would you describe the course?
Gorgeous! I loved the downhill. It felt great. The weather was perfect - not too cold at the start, not too hot at the finish. It was amazing to see waterfalls right next to the road. I think it was strange to have spectators bused in and runners bused back out from the finish line. It's fun to have lots of spectators at the end and I think numbers were sparse. I understand the need though with such a small area.
Tell us about your training.
I was going to do the Revel Big Cottonwood race in September but life changed a bit and Revel Mt. Hood ended up being a better option. So I missed out on six weeks of training but I was still fine. I used the Hal Higdon Novice schedule and modified it when I changed races.
What advice would you give future runners?
The required headphones are awesome. They worked well and I loved the wireless version. We stayed in Gresham and felt like the drive to the bus pickup was not too long.
What fun things did you do in the area before or after the race?
I'm from California, but I traveled to the race from Utah, where my parents watched my kids. I met with a friend from Colorado and from California. We enjoyed the expo and then found a running store nearby for some last-minute supplies. After the race we got to see Powell's bookstore and had super yummy hamburgers across the street. We road tripped to Seattle later that afternoon and the drive wasn't too long at all.