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Indianapolis Monumental Marathon - RunMarathon

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Indianapolis, Indiana
United States
Indianapolis Monumental Marathon, Inc.
26F / -3C
Total Time = 3h 50m 10s
Overall Rank = 866/2502
Age Group = F40-44
Age Group Rank = 34/148
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 5:15am and had toast with peanut butter. I made sure I had all I needed for the race. GU's-check, Timing chip on shoe-check, bib # on shirt-check, inhaler-check. All this work is starting to become reality now. I'm going to run a marathon today!!!!
Event warmup:

Found a place to park and went inside to the Convention Center to stay warm, go to the bathroom, and stretch. It was pretty crowded as everyone had the same idea as me. :)

At about 7:40, I lightly jogged to the start and waited amongst the crowd of frozen runners. At 8:00 the wheel chair racers started. At 8:01, the gun went off for the runners. Here we go!!!!!!
  • 3h 50m 10s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 08m 47s  min/mile

Well, this was my first marathon. My thought was to start with the 8:50-9:00 pace group, stay with them for a while, and then decide if I wanted to go on ahead or stay with the group. It was very cold at the start. It took me a couple of miles to get warmed up. My pace felt good and conservative. Once I felt warmed up, I took off my outer layer and ditched it on the side of the road.

I felt really good and kept my pace consistent for about the first few miles. I ended up passing the 8:50 pace group and just ran on how I felt. I felt great. I reached the 13.2 mile marker at an hour and 52 min. My pace was a little faster than expected. I ended up passing the 8:47 pace group. I saw my husband and kids cheering me on at mile 14, what a boost. :) I just continued on and hoped I wouldn't bonk the last 10K.

I was feeling good up until about the 19 mile marker. My legs were starting to feel a bit heavy and tight. I took in plenty of fluids and GUs and felt good aerobically.

Mile 21-24 was probably the toughest! I could tell my pace slowed down. But I was determined to run this whole thing. The 8:47 pace group caught up to me and passed me. That was fine by me. I slowed down at the aid stations to take in fluids. The volunteers were wonderful and supportive. They helped so much to get me through the toughest part of the run.

Mile 25 I was getting exited. I was so close to finishing a marathon!! My legs were feeling so heavy. My quads were and calves were telling me "NO" but my heart was telling me, "GO". So I just dug in deep and channeled my inner "Chrissy" and ran.

The last .2, the finish was in my sights. The crowds were cheering for all the runners and it was a great feeling. I raised up my hands and tried to smile big, of course it might of looked like a grimace LOL. I crossed the finish line and became a marathoner!! Yeah!!!!
What would you do differently?:

Nothing really. I felt I stayed consistent throughout the whole race. The last few miles were very painful, so perhaps doing a couple more long runs of 20 or 21 miles would have been beneficial. Dunno.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around to get my medal and hat...nice. Got a blanket from a volunteer and ate a banana and drank some chocolate milk. It was hard to even hold anything because my hands were frozen!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Well, I guess since this was my first marathon, maybe lack of experience?? I've done a couple of HM and felt like I was as prepared as I could be for a full mary. I followed a training plan and felt the plan was alright.

Event comments:

I really enjoyed my experience. The Monumental Marathon was a great, organized event!! The volunteers were wonderful and supportive. I was pleasantly surprised at the crowd support. It was very cold. To see people out there in their coats and hats cheering for us was a wonderful feeling. The police did an excellent job with traffic control and protecting the runners. Overall, this was a great race. I'd do it again.

Last updated: 2010-06-30 12:00 AM
03:50:10 | 26.2 miles | 08m 47s  min/mile
Age Group: 34/148
Overall: 0/2502
Performance: Good
Course: Flat course with the occasional inclines to keep it interesting.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
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

2010-11-08 8:55 AM

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