OGDEN -- Whether it's in a city council race or in a marathon, running seems to be in Ogden City Councilwoman Caitlin Gochnour's blood.
On April 16, Gochnour competed in the prestigious Boston Marathon, the world's oldest annual marathon. Boston ranks as one of the world's best-known events and one of the few races that require a qualifying time to compete.
Gochnour qualified for the race by posting a mark of 3 hours, 50 minutes in the 2011 Ogden Marathon.
The last time Gochnour ran in a marathon before Ogden was 10 years ago in St. George. She said qualifying for the Boston Marathon happened almost by accident.
"Ogden city has one of the most beautiful marathon courses there is, so I thought that I should try and run it," she said. "But I had no intentions of qualifying for anything."
Gochnour didn't even realize she had qualified for the event until a friend who was living in Boston called her and said her Ogden time was good enough.
Coincidentally, that same friend, Margaret Hillyard-Lazenby, ran with Gochnour in the pair's first marathon, when they were both in ninth grade.
On a whim, they decided to run in the Golden Spike Marathon at Promontory Point.
"I think we decided to run in it the night before, and we went and bought shoes at the grocery store. And, on the morning of the race we had a huge breakfast," Gochnour said. "We made it about 20 miles before we couldn't go anymore."
To prepare for Boston, Gochnour started an 18-week training program in December, so most of her running was done in colder temperatures.
She was in for an unpleasant surprise when she arrived in the notoriously humid Boston.
High temperatures on race day reached 89 degrees and Gochnour was told the temperature on the pavement was well above 100 degrees.
Race organizers advised inexperienced runners and those with medical conditions to sit out the race, and warned those who ran to be extra careful with the heat.
"It was the most brutal event I've ever experienced," said Gochnour, who finished the race at 4 hours 45 minutes.
Gochnour, a track athlete at Ogden High School and a collegiate swimmer at University of Utah, is familiar with athletic competition.
"My time was about 50 minutes off of what I wanted to run," she said. "That heat was something that was impossible to prepare for."
Two weeks after the race, Gochnour still felt fatigued.
"I can hardly walk," she said.
After some much-needed rest, Gochnour said she will probably be back at it.
"There are a lot of other runners out there who are better than me, but I'm not doing it to join the Olympics," she said. "I'm doing it because it's fun."