Indianapolis women’s half marathon.

by Mindy @ Just A One Girl Revolution on September 1, 2013

in Running and Training

On October 20, I will be running my first marathon with my childhood friend, Emily. Awhile back, I suggested it might be worthwhile to run a shorter race together in the days leading up to the marathon, just to get used to running together.  We looked at a couple different options, but decided on the Indianapolis Women’s Half Marathon.  This would mark not only my sixth half marathon, but would be my 30th race before my 30th birthday (thus, crossing an item off my 101 in 1001 list!) – only six days under the wire!

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On Friday afternoon, I left work a bit early to get on the road for about a four hour drive, worsened by the fact that it was a holiday weekend.  Emily lives in the area, so she picked up my race packet for me, but from the sounds of it, the expo wasn’t much to write home about, so I was okay missing it.  T-shirts were an extra cost for this race, so I opted against buying one.  I have so many race shirts that I rarely wear, I really didn’t need another one to collect dust.

The race started at 7:30am, and it was already warm and sticky when we got there.  By the end, it was 81 degrees and 63% humidity!  I was a sweaty mess!  The saving grace of the heat was that the vast majority of the course was shaded, up until the last mile which was wide open in the blazing sun.

For only their third year, this race was extremely well done.  There were eleven (!!) water stations throughout the course, so we were coming across them almost every time I started to feel like I needed water.  Three of the stations also had Gatorade, and I think my only complaint – and a very minor one at that – would be I could have used Gatorade at one more point during the course.  I’m very unfamiliar with Indianapolis, so it was a fun way to see a new place.  We passed Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Indianapolis Colts, which was not actually that exciting for this non-football loving girl.  Other landmarks included the State Fairgrounds (where the stage collapsed during the Sugarland concert two years ago) and the zoo.  We went through some residential areas and saw some beautiful homes, too.  There wasn’t a huge amount of crowd support, but I imagine the fact that it was a holiday weekend played into that.  Local police did an amazing job keeping runner’s safe at all of the intersections, and there were medics on bikes patrolling the course.

The course was flat as a pancake, which was really awesome!  We walked for stretches during all but the first mile, for which I was extremely thankful.  In the heat and humidity, I knew I had a lot of potential to overdo it – and as evidenced by the many runners we saw loaded up on stretchers at the end, there were many that did just that.  I took Gu at miles 4 and 7.  I should have taken another one at mile 10, but didn’t think about it.  Emily gave me a few sport beans around mile 11 and that was enough to sustain me until the finish line.  We maintained pretty steady splits throughout:

Mile 1: 10:50
Mile 2: 11:02
Mile 3: 12:51
Mile 4: 13:14
Mile 5: 12:48
Mile 6: 14:22
Mile 7: 12:25
Mile 8: 13:00
Mile 9: 14:58
Mile 10: 13:44
Mile 11: 12:30
Mile 12: 13:31
Mile 13: 13:07
Mile .21: 2:05

I finished in 2:50:19 (12:53 pace), 661/1011 overall and 98/132 in my age group.  It was my second slowest half marathon, but I didn’t go into it looking for a PR (which became especially true once I saw the forecast for the day!).  I had a fun race, and I finished feeling really strong and much more confident about the upcoming marathon than I have in a few weeks.

I’m a sucker for race bling, and this race did not disappoint!  It was a sparkly butterfly, officially the largest of my metal collection.  The first thing I did when I got back to Michigan was hang it on my metal rack.

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All in all, this race was awesome!  It’s one I would do again in a heartbeat and highly recommend, especially for my Midwest friends.

Oh, and after the race, we headed an hour south to Lake Monroe in Bloomington, Indiana for a wonderfully relaxing afternoon.  Not too shabby, minus the fact that five minutes of tubing behind a speedboat left me much more sore (and bruised!) than almost three hours of racing.  But that scenery?  Gorgeous.

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Kim @ Fabulous Fit Foodie September 1, 2013 at 9:01 pm

Jealous that you went to Bloomington!! Those are my college stomping grounds. Sounds like a great race for me to consider in the future!
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mindy @ just a one girl revolution. September 3, 2013 at 10:14 pm

You should definitely consider it in the future! I’m thinking of running it again next year (and already hoping/praying for cooler temperatures!).

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Ashleigh September 1, 2013 at 11:15 pm

Congrats on surviving the heat and humidity and finishing strong!

Your mention of finishing something from your 101 in 1001 list before your 30th birthday got me thinking…what if I made a 101 in 1001 list and made the final day my 30th birthday? I used an online calculator and discovered that I only have 13 days left to make my list if I want to make that happen, so I better get on it! But anyway, thanks for the idea!!

So funny that the first commenter went to school in Bloomington, as I did too (for a semester, anyway)! Isn’t it just an absolutely gorgeous area?!?

Final thought: I love love LOVE that medal! Totally jealous.
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mindy @ just a one girl revolution. September 3, 2013 at 10:13 pm

You should totes do a 101 list! Feel free to steal ideas off of mine if you need help coming up with some! So funny that you both went to school in Bloomington – it was definitely beautiful! So relaxing to spend the afternoon at the lake!

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Courtney @ Don't Blink. Just Run. September 4, 2013 at 8:48 pm

Great job! Sounds like a good race.
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mindy @ just a one girl revolution. September 4, 2013 at 9:45 pm

Thanks Courtney! It was great – hopefully the next time I run it, Mother Nature can cooperate a little more!

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