I cannot believe it, but my 14th marathon is now just a few days away. The Revel Big Cottonwood Marathon is this Saturday in Utah, and I cannot wait to get this running adventure started.
It seems like eons since my last marathon back in May. I’ve spent virtually the entire Summer preparing for an honest attempt at a Boston Qualifying time, and now it’s almost upon me. That chance for a PR, that chance to get to Boston. It has been a very personal journey, with many highs and lows. I am optimistic.
Being sick this past week has not helped at all, but I am finally on some heavy duty antibiotics to hopefully kick this crud out of my system for good before I toe the line on Saturday morning.
Revel posted late yesterday that the Half marathon had sold out, and that there were only a few spots left in the full. I’m thinking that I will gather with many other happy runners in a few days to take one epic journey down Cottonwood Canyon, enjoying the beautiful surroundings. The weather forecast looks perfect. Temperatures in the mid 40’s at the start high up in the mountains at Brighton Ski Resort. Daytime high of around 80 degrees at the finish, but will more than likely be in the low to mid 70’s when I finish.
I am so looking forward to meeting some new faces, and really enjoying my first race in Utah. Marathon #14, State #5. This love affair I have with running continues to grow. Look out Big Cottonwood, here I come.
I’m rooting for ya! You got this!! 👏
Thanks! Hope to have an incredible time.
I’m cheering you on so loudly that you’ll hear me all the way from Tasmania Austalia!!!!!
Yeah! Thanks, I’ll need it.
I don’t think you will but I’ll be cheering anyway! You have this!!!
Kick some butt!!!! Will be thinking of you!
Maybe I can join the Boston ranks. Time will tell. Thanks for your support!
Good luck- I hope you qualify!
Me too, but if not, there is always another race.
wow FANTASTIC!!!! RUN WELL babes, best of luck and ENJOY xxx
Safe travels! Fast feet on race day.
Thanks! This race has been a long time coming. Signed up in February, I think. It’s time to put the foot to pavement.
Thanks a bunch! Arrived in Utah this evening, and the mountains are beautiful.
Hi Paul – I stumbled upon your blog, and it’s inspiring to see the comments of encouragement. Not sure if you run with your iPhone, but if you do…all these folks could record messages you’ll hear during the race.
That’s cool. Have never done that.
Best of luck! Speedy feet & wishes for a PR to you! 🙂
Awe thank you!
As always you are the pinnacle of what be a dedicated runner means. I know you’ll do well because we believe in you and most important of all the passion and drive is within you. You’ll hit that PR and whether or not you qualify you’ll give it everything. ^5 mate look forward to hearing the words “I qualified”;);)
Thanks Shawn! You are always such a great motivator.