Last week I ran the Trail Trashed marathon in Henderson, Nevada. The race proved to be   true to its name. The winning time was just under four hours, which tells you something about how difficult it is. My race often felt more like a hike than a run, but while my finishing time was over six hours, I was never bored. It was my 182nd marathon, and it was one of the most beautiful.

The race, which also includes a 50 mile ultra, a half marathon, and a 10K, begins before dawn in Hidden Falls Park. The field of runners was small – under 100 marathoners – but very enthusiastic, with several taking up race director Heidi’s offer to begin with a wild dance at the start line.

The route begins with a double loop in Amargosa that offers great views of the bright lights of Las Vegas in the distance, and of a spectacular blood red sunrise. From there, runners head out to the McCoullough Hills and then a 10 mile lollipop-shaped loop through federal land. Race organizers were prevented by BLM from putting an aid station on this loop, but a well-stocked stop was located right at the entrance/exit. This was the most spectacular part of the course, as runners passed by and through canyons and high desert. Many of us were alone at this point, but that was a wonderful experience, as the course was well-marked and the sense of the vastness of the landscape was unforgettable.

From there there was a short out-and back before the final run to the finish like, where runners were rewarded with a unique wooden finisher’s medal, as well as with pizza and beer.

All in all, a trail run not to be missed!


About horowitzrun

Jeff is a certified running, cycling, and triathlon coach, and is the author of "My First 100 Marathons" (Skyhorse Press 2008) and "Smart Marathon Training" (Velo Press 2011). An obviously addicted runner, Jeff has run at least one marathon in every state and on 6 continents, including marathons in South Africa, China, Bangkok, and Antarctica. Jeff is available for group, one-on-one, and virtual coaching. Options include: 1. Basic Training Plan. This includes a customized training schedule geared towards a goal race, with a detailed running schedule that would include all distances and target times for each workout, including speedwork, tempo, and endurance sessions. 2. Complete Fitness and Race Plan. This includes the plan listed above, plus the non-running workouts and drills that runners need for better overall fitness and performance. You would get strength & core workouts, as well as run-specific training drills and stretches. 3. Virtual Coaching. This includes all of the above, implemented on a week-by-week basis. We review each week's progress at week's end so that adjustments can be made. The program is tailored to suit you right up to race day. It involves more contact, on a weekly or even daily basis. 4. Full Coaching for athletes in the Washington DC area. All of the above, plus a weekly workout together including speedwork, drills, and strength training. 5. Individual track sessions. One-on-one track-based workouts. Contact Jeff for pricing.
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