It will be my first Top of Utah marathon and I’ve been told I picked a really beautiful race. The course starts at Hardware Ranch Wildlife Management Area, and travels down Blacksmith Fork Canyon and on into downtown Logan. I haven’t done much exploring of this area since I moved here last summer so I’m looking forward to soaking it all in on my own two feet. Plus, the fall colors will be fantastic!
I was a little concerned about the first 14 miles being all downhill. I ran a half marathon this spring in Big Cottonwood Canyon and I was sore for a week. That was just a half too! But, the nice thing about Top of Utah marathon is the course drops approximately 1045 feet over the 26 miles but is only a 1% to 2% grade so it won't beat up my legs.
This week I’ve had to limit myself to 2-3 miles a day to rest up. It’s been tough. I need my miles! But I’m looking forward to Friday night… carbo loading!
It will be a nice intimate race. Only 2,500 runners. Hoping to make new friends and create more awesome memories here in Utah. See you at the finish!