I decided to challenge myself this year by setting a goal to run the Indy Mini Marathon in under 2 hours. All of my training was geared towards getting me to the point of being able to run 13.1 miles in 1 hour 59 minutes and 59 seconds. Well, my training failed me.
The moments leading up to the race went pretty much according to plan. My friend and I arrived at the race just minutes before the corrals began moving towards the starting line. The weather was the perfect temperature, hovering around 59 degrees. There was only a slight breeze in the air and there wasn’t enough sun shine for anyone to have to worry about wearing sunscreen. Basically, the race day weather was absolutely perfect. What wasn’t perfect was starting in Corral P, which was well back in the pack of 35,000 participants.
I finished the race in 2 hours 4 minutes, which means I missed my goal by 4 minutes. My training hadn’t prepared me for all of the diagonal running and stopping and starting I was going to have to do as I weaved through a mass of people. My GPS tracker had me finishing 13.1 miles in 1 hour 59 minutes, and by the time I crossed the actual finish line I had actually run 13.63 miles. That’s an extra 1/2 mile of running around people. Next year I’ll have to take into account the number of people participating when I go through my training.
Even though I didn’t reach my goal of running the Indy Mini Marathon in under 2 hours, I think I want to take the next step and challenge myself to a full marathon. I was completely convinced that I was ready to sign up for one for this fall. I even went on a 15 mile jog just to ensure myself that I could run further than 13.1 miles. Here’s the thing, I’m a little scared to make the jump and actually register for a full marathon. Any advice from any of you experienced runners out there?
Here’s a little more on how my race day went and why I hope the Indy Mini will become one of those traditions my family enjoys for decades:
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