Race: Indianapolis Monumental Marathon
Date: November 1st, 2014
When I signed up for this one on New Year's Day I had visions of this one being my PR. I was also about 25 pounds lighter and didn’t yet know how lazy I would become. In 2013 I logged over 1500 miles of running. This year, I’ll be lucky to break 900. The training for this race started well enough the first eight weeks or so in July and August, but when it was time to start putting in the long runs of over 13 miles, I ended up twisting my ankle at the start of my 11.4 mile third leg in Ragnar Napa in September and didn’t run at all for over a month until about 10 days before the race started. I jokingly posted each day on facebook a 10 day crash course training program, so if you find yourself in the same situation you can do the following:
|My pre-race pasta dinner|
|Approaching Monument Circle|
Besides the beautiful fall colors the only scenery of note was the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument downtown, the Art Museum area and the Butler campus. With barely any spectators and not much of a view (I’m spoiled after running in wine country in my last race) I turned my focus to the many bouncing female butts in black runner’s tights in front of me to pass the time.
|Love is all you need|
|This cock though near mile 19|
And it was inspiring to see these amazing volunteers standing out in this freezing cold for so long helping us get through it.
Next up in 2015 will be Grandma’s Marathon in June with my friends Mike and Wanda, who inspired me to run the 50 states, and possibly the Borgess Run for the Mittens, which is two marathons in a weekend (Michigan and Wisconsin), in early May. I said this after my last full in Ohio, but with a renewed awareness of my fitness level and how far I've fallen back I’m going to start counting my calories and run more often now so I can get back into and beyond the shape that I was in 2013.
Registration: $60 + $5.30
Hotel: Hampton Inn Downtown $139