@deesauriolRaving since 2018 Boston Marathon finisher, 50 States hopeful/finisher, IRONMAN, World Marathon Majors Six Star hopeful/finisher, Seven Continents Club https://www.run-for-change.com/blog Active 4 months ago
Run For Change
My first marathon, Chicago 1994
Race that's calling my name:
Mt Everest Base Camp Ultra Marathon-I did the full in 2019 and was so unbeliveably beautiful and spiritual I am going back
I run because:
it makes me an all around better version of Denise…plus it brings so many interesting and fun running peeps into my world…lastly it allows guilt free donuts and pizza!
Organize, track & review your races and personal bests here.
50 States Map
(Marathon or Ultra) + Half
Marathon + Ultra
Personal Bests (4)
|Across the Years||100 Miler||Phoenix, AZ||Dec 31, 2021||25:00:00|
|Comrades Marathon||89.9K||Pietermaritzburg, South Africa||Jun 10, 2018||10:42:00|
|Antelope Canyon Ultras||50 Miler||Page, AZ||Mar 12, 2022||16:53:56|
|Mesa Marathon||Marathon||Mesa, AZ||Feb 12, 2022||4:28:00|
Future Races (0)
Past Races (4)
|Race||Distance||Location||Date||Result||My Raves||My Performance|
|Antelope Canyon Ultras||50 Miler||Page, AZ||Mar 12, 2022||16:53:56||
|Mesa Marathon||Marathon||Mesa, AZ||Feb 12, 2022||4:28:00||
|Across the Years||100 Miler||Phoenix, AZ||Dec 31, 2021||25:00:00||
|Comrades Marathon||89.9K||Pietermaritzburg, South Africa||Jun 10, 2018||10:42:00||
Antelope Canyon Ultras
Holy Schnikeys-Tough but Beautiful
Antelope Canyon Ultras
I will do this again but shorter distance. The terrain made it so tough for me. About 65 % sand, steep climbs with not much traction for balance but oooooohhhh … MORE
I will do this again but shorter distance. The terrain made it so tough for me. About 65 % sand, steep climbs with not much traction for balance but oooooohhhh SO BEAUTIFUL. I didn’t make 15 hour cutoff even though I raced my butt off. I should have known how tough it would be since it’s a UTMB qualifier. Felt like there were more course markers than 2021 Zion 100k. Great race organization! Race fee includes race photos.
Well Run Race with Ooodles of Race Swag
I ❤️ the Mesa Marathon! . This was the first time I ran it and I will be back next year! . This is why: . ✅We start at 630 … MORE
I ❤️ the Mesa Marathon!
This was the first time I ran it and I will be back next year!
This is why:
✅We start at 630 AM so we need to be bussed up to the corrals by 430 AM. So once you get there it’s cold out.…BOOM, there are oodles of heaters lined up for all of us runners. Not to mention our bag with our race bib had a Mylar blanket and throw away gloves in it #bonus
✅The start area also had a ton of porta potties for the 2,300 plus runners. I have been marathoning for 28 years and it was way more than you would normally have for this field size. (there is a seperate start for the 1/2 versus the full)
✅Speaking of the start, can you say fireworks💥?How cool was that?! And, now I have a new song for my race play list; Thunderstruck by AC/DC 🎶
✅I really liked the race course, although it didn’t seem as net downhill as my friend Jim advertised. It was an added bonus to get to see the sunrise during the race. I also really liked running past the Boeing office as you could watch planes flying by literally over your head.
✅There were plenty of aid stations and to my grateful surprise there were POPSICLES at mile 22 and then again later in the course. I was “racing” the marathon and not “running” it so I didn’t take any pictures but at the coveted popsicle aid station.
✅The popsicles and a section of the course where we ran by a retirement home were my favorite. When we ran by the retirement home there were a couple of fold out tables lined up in the street and a bunch of retirees cheering us on with signs and they also had snacks for us. It was precious ❤️
✅Once we hit the finish, the runner experience got richer. This was the 10th Anniversary of the race, so the 🏅was pretty sweet. Post race, they even had ice cold towels for us, 🍕ice cream creamies, massages, printed out race results, live music, beer garden, luggage tags that read PHX to BOS for those runners that got their BQ 🦄 We also got free race photos!
I didn’t get the time I was shooting for but I got my negative split and got to see lots of my reeps after the race!
I have to add that there are some hills early on in the race…at least that’s when our legs are still fresh and the last mile is a nice downhill.
Across the Years
Even with my DNF, I LOVED this race!
Across the Years
Loved everything about this race. I thought it would be mentally and physically hard to do a 1 mile-ish loop over and over for 100 miles but it wasn't. Plus … MORE
Loved everything about this race. I thought it would be mentally and physically hard to do a 1 mile-ish loop over and over for 100 miles but it wasn’t. Plus having a loop ensured I wouldn’t get lost like I do on most ultras. The race had a warming tent for us, plenty of porto potties and real bathroom, can rent a tent or use your own and have right on course. can also park camper next to course. You were rarely alone on course.
They even had champagne/juice at midnight for runners. And they spoiled us with the food tent. Other distances to choose from too. Highly recommend and I will be back this year…was best way to spend new years! Loved the race shirt.
My First Comrades Marathon
I went in blindly running this race...I only knew about the 12 hour cut off, that it was the oldest ultra in the world and one year it is uphill … MORE
I went in blindly running this race…I only knew about the 12 hour cut off, that it was the oldest ultra in the world and one year it is uphill and the following is downhill. I recommending getting hill work in…which I didn’t and also recommend reading the website and listening to Coach Parry’s podcast..he is the official coach for Comrades…and also read my review of everything I learned during the race instead of learning ahead of time. And let me know if you also want to run it in 2019…as I am heading back for the uphill!