Raquel Cox from Orem, Utah (Female)
Age on race day: 23
2009 Utah Valley Marathon - Provo, Utah
This was my 1st marathon and I finished in 4:32:00.
I decided to run a marathon because my friends said this marathon is really fun, and they were right.
I trained for 6 months. I added half a mile a week until I got up to a 15 mile run, and I took off Sundays.
In terms of training advice, I got some bad nutrition advice about carb loading, and it caused some problems for me.
The 2009 Utah Valley Marathon was better than expected. The race was very organized for only being a 2nd year event. They had lots of sponsors supporting them, and there was lots of food like pizza and chocolate milk at the finish.
No recovery problems for me. I made sure to get some protein.