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Indianapolis Monumental Marathon - RunHalf Marathon

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Indianapolis, Indiana
United States
Indianapolis Monumental Marathon, Inc.
50F / 10C
Total Time = 1h 46m 41s
Overall Rank = 289/1736
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 33/106
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 4:30. Ate breakfast of two eggs, two pieces of toast with jam, cup of coffee. Ate a banana on the way down and drank some water.
Event warmup:

None. Met a couple friends at the Starbucks in the Westin and watched them drink some coffee.
  • 1h 46m 41s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 08s  min/mile

I wanted to run a 1:45. My first mile was at 10:15 and my second was over 9. I decided that it was going to be too much to try and make up so I reset my goal to equal or beat my time at the Evansville half. I upped my pace for the next 4 miles, then increased again after the halfway point. At this place in the race, I am guessing I was running around a 7:40 pace. I am not good at judging pace and my math skills weren't good enough at this point to figure it out! At mile 10 I was actually on pace to do a 1:45 but I lost some pace in the last 3+ miles to the finish. I finished 3 seconds faster than in Evansville. A new PR and a nice finish to the 2008 season!
What would you do differently?:

Get closer to the start line and say goodbye to my friend who I started with before the gun, not after 2 miles into the race.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around, stretched and got some food.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Slower start than necessary.

Event comments:

This is one of the best half marathons I have ever done. Well organized, lot's of fluid stops, nice course with plenty of help. After the split of the marathoners and halver's, the course was wide open. This is way better than the Indy Mini and I would recommend it to anyone thinking about doing either the half or the full marathon.

One suggestion would be for the organizers to put signs on poles in the staging area for mile paces so people can line up better according to pace. There was a couple pacers holding signs for marathon finishing times, but mile pace signs at the staging areas would help and would be applicable to both the half and full marathoners. And extra reminders for walkers to stage in the rear. In the first two miles I was kind of surprised how many walkers were out in front of me.

Last updated: 2008-09-02 12:00 AM
01:46:41 | 13.1 miles | 08m 08s  min/mile
Age Group: 33/106
Overall: 289/1736
Performance: Good
Average HR: 169, max 184
Course: Flat course through downtown and some close in neighborhoods.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2008-11-02 12:50 PM

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Lafayette, IN
Subject: Indianapolis Monumental Marathon

2008-11-03 8:25 AM
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Wisconsin near the Twin Cities metro
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Nice PR!
2008-11-03 3:12 PM
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Lafayette, IN
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Thanks!  I guess I don't need all the electronic gear!  I am getting better at knowing how hard and how fast I am going.  I was 3 seconds faster than Evansville and 1 heart beat lower.
2008-11-04 12:15 PM
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Congrats on a really solid race.  It was a great day for racing!
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