Mission Not Accomplished: My Failed Goal of Running the Indy Mini Marathon

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:

  • The Largest Half-Marathon in the World 1 of 7

    The Indy Mini Marathon is the largest half-marathon in the world with 35,000 participants.  It takes almost 40 minutes for everyone to work there way across the start line.  Having that many people participating brings and undeniable and enjoyable energy to the event.

  • Racing Bib 2 of 7

    This year I planned ahead and properly registered for the race--meaning I didn't run as a girl this time around.

  • Proper Running Gear 3 of 7

    I bought actual running shoes designed for running this time around too.  And after having a few calf issues, I also bought some calf sleeves which helped tremendously during the race.

  • Vivi’s Birthday 4 of 7

    When I was done with the race I got to follow this little Star Wars fan around since it was her second birthday.

  • Free Food 5 of 7

    All the race finishers are handed cookies, pretzels, bananas, you name it to help them recover from the race.  Whenever I do a long distance run, I can't eat food for about 12 hours afterwards, so all the food I gather is with this kid in mind.

  • Chocolate Milk 6 of 7

    We learned last year that the most coveted item for recovering runners is the milk chocolate bottles that are handed out after by the handful.  As you can see we took a few handfuls.

  • Family Picture Time 7 of 7

    When I was all done and a bit soaked with sweat, we posed for a family picture and I was informed that it was time for me to buy a new less smelly shirt.

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