Daily Archives: November 14, 2012

3rd Half, Done! – Indianapolis Monumental Marathon Recap

My apologies that it took me a while to update you guys about my recent half marathon race. I wanted to wait for the official photos from the race to come out so I can add it here and share them to you guys. I am a little “O.C.” like that. 😛

Days have gone by after the race and I still have the “runner’s high”. It was such an amazing experience. Not bad for my first “out-of-state” race. It was also my first time to do a race with family. My aunt and uncle did the full marathon.

They’ve been running for years already. My husband and I got the idea of running from them. Every time we visit them in Indiana, they would always invite us to go for a run early in the morning. At first I thought that was crazy but now we’re hooked! Ever since I started running, I have felt good about myself physically and mentally. If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t know that feeling. So, thank you! 🙂

Going back to Saturday’s Indianapolis Monumental Half Marathon, due to the unexpected cancellation of the NYC Marathon, the runners who were supposed to run that race signed up for the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon the last minute.

Source: wishtv.com

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The weather for that morning called for cool temperatures (low 30s – brrr) and few scattered showers. Although they say that’s a good weather for running, it seemed a little cold for me.

The race started at 8:00am. We got to the place a little early. It was still dark outside and  freezing cold. We waited inside this building where it was nice and warm.

We started heading out to the starting line about 15 minutes before the start.

I hugged my uncle and aunt as I wished them luck and bid them goodbye. I know I wouldn’t be able to keep up with their pace during the first few miles. They’re fast! 😛

At the start of the race, many runners were bundled up with layers of clothes that they could throw away when they felt hot. As I ran through the starting line, clothes were being shed and thrown in the air left and right to the side. My only hope for that moment was not to get hit in the face with a stranger’s pants. LOL!

Honestly, I didn’t prepare for this race as much as I did for my first half (Flying Pig). I didn’t follow any training schedule of some sort and just did my regular usual runs. So, during the race, I thought of it as one of those long runs I do on weekends. I just wanted to enjoy this experience and not worry too much about setting a goal time; although, I’d love to beat my first half marathon time which was 2:39. Under 2:30 would be great! I have to say – Mission Accomplished! I finished in 2:29. 🙂

Downtown Indy was so gorgeous as the sun rose up. I barely realized the miles that have gone by because I was too occupied with the beautiful surroundings.

The spectators did a good job with their signs and posters. They were hilarious! These were the signs I saw:

“Go get those Kenyans!”

“Worst parade ever!”

“You guys are crazy, I’m lazy”

“I thought you said 2.62 miles”

Thank you spectators for giving us a good laugh during the course.

I found this one way to entertain myself during races:  I wave at TV cameras. LOL! I actually saw myself in one of the news channel (RTV6 Indy) on TV that night. Unfortunately, I can’t find a clip of that on their website. It sucks, that I have no proof to show you guys of my few seconds of fame. LOL!

I took See Sean Run’s advice to run it in 3-mile chunks. I thought that was a good strategy  since I know I can run a 5k in 30 minutes (with a little effort). Also, that way, it would be like just running a bunch of 5ks rather than thinking of it as 13.1 miles which would seem long. Thank you Sean for the advice. It worked for me for the first two 3 miles. I ran 6 miles in 1 hour 8 minutes.

For my next 3 miles, I thought of slowing down a bit or else I would collapse at the finish line. I wanted to finish strong with still a smile on my face. As I crossed the 10k mark, I started to run at my comfortable “slow” pace. 🙂

At mile 7, the course split and we bid our goodbyes to the full marathoners. I got so inspired by them. I told myself, in time, I will run in that other side of the course too. 🙂

I finished miles 7,8 through 9 a little over 35 minutes. And through mile 10, 11 and 12, I started to increase my pace a bit. I could already tell I was going to finish it under 2:30 and most importantly with a happy face.

There were more spectators as we went through our last few miles. Their cheers were very motivating that I started passing runners who had passed me earlier. Then it started to sleet. Good thing I had a cap on to protect my face or else it would be painful to run in the sleet. I heard people behind me screaming “ouch!”

It’s always those last few miles I find the hardest. You know you’re almost there but the anticipation just kills me.

The moment we turned left at this last street and saw the big finish line, I felt relieved! As I got closer, I saw my husband with his distinctive spiky hair right there in the middle waiting for me.

I gave my husband a big hug right after crossing the finish line. I thanked him for patiently waiting for me in the cold and sleet. I appreciate all his endless support in everything I do. I was all smiles as I received my medal. I was telling my husband how great I felt as I snatched my goodies and food from the volunteers.

Then my proud husband posted this on his facebook. He’s so sweet!

A preview of the half marathon finisher’s medal

My aunt finished her marathon in 4:17! SHE IS FAST!

And soon after a few minutes my uncle finished.

We met our goals and went home very happy and satisfied!

…And so was my crazy husband! LOL!

Thank you to the race organizers for a doing a good job. Despite the bad weather it was still a very successful and wonderful event.

*** P.S. To those who participated in this race, my husband took incredible pictures that day. If you see yourself, feel free to tag yourself. Head over to this link for the photos.