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by Eric Gray
When you first start running, you hear a lot about a turning point when you go from casual runner to obsession. The 2013 Monumental half marathon was my turning point. It showed me that I could achieve things I thought I’d never be able to do.
So how was my race? Amazing. This was one of the most mentally composed races I’ve ever run. It wasn’t my best half, but it wasn’t my worst. I really wanted to break 2:00, but after sustaining some pretty solid injuries during Chicago just three weeks before, I knew that likely wasn’t in the cards. I had a great time running and have always enjoyed this course. Considering I had a torn tendon in my foot that was still healing, I held a pretty strong pace for the first 9-10 miles. I started fading there but was able to adjust a little and keep on rolling. In the end, I finished at 2:18. This race was also really fun because so many people from my agency were running. Since we had done the branding work, our owners offered to pay for anyone who wanted to run. We had 13 people run the full or half (many people running their first race) and a few others volunteered.
The Monumental Marathon challenges runners, volunteers and spectators to Be Monumental. After that first half marathon in 2013, I took that to heart. I’ve kept running hard since. But 2016 was a dream year for a beginning runner. I set some big goals. After running three half marathons from 2013-2015, this year I ran three half marathons, was lucky enough to run my first full marathon at the Chicago Marathon and got to leave my mark on a nationally recognized marathon that just happens to be my hometown marathon. I also fell short of some goals. I’ve still got a sub 2:00 half to run and I know can do much better than that first marathon. I’m excited to get some rest, let injuries heal and get ready for next year’s goals. I’ve already set my sights on a new marathon PR at the 2017 Monumental Marathon.
by Judy Hasselkus
PR Newswire reported that the 2016 CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental Marathon was a “huge success on an ideal day for running.” As a participant, I couldn’t agree more.
More than 1,000 students graduated from the Monumental Kids Movement. More than 20 companies took part in the third annual Apex Monumental Challenge employee health and wellness competition. The marathon set a new event record with 4,175 marathon finishers. The half marathon was a sellout for the first time and had a record 8,114 finishers. Including the marathon, half marathon and 5K, the number of finishers exceeded 15,000. New course records were set in the half marathon and the 5K.
And there were so many memorable moments—sights and sounds worth savoring. Please join me for a moment as we revisit ten of them (in no particular order):
If you missed your chance to be Beyond Monumental in 2016: no worries. Registration for 2017 will open January 1.
Judy Hasselkus is already looking forward to the 10th anniversary of the CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental Marathon in 2017 so she can complete her commemorative medal set. (What a girl won’t do for a little bling!) Props to fellow runners Trena, Rose, Jesse, Kay, Brian, Dave, Tom, Steve, Jen, Rose, Chelsa, Kelly, Scott, Monic, and Karen –three with PRs on Saturday (woo hoo!), one who returned to running after a 14 year break, and one who raised significant funds for World Vision—for contributing ideas to this blog post.
These three film stars have some great memories of their monumental experiences. We love this Indy race for many reasons but here are just a few!
I signed up for the marathon to support a friend of mine who had never done a marathon before and we thought local beauty, convenience, and sleeping in our own beds would be smart for her first time.
The best memory was on mile 22. She broke down due to pure exhaustion, which in turn made me cry. We were trying to control our emotions and get our breathing back to normal when we were joined by our very supportive, awesome friend. She ran the last 6 miles with us! Running with fresh legs and new attitude makes the world of difference. Team Film was shouting us on the last half mile and we both became entrenched in the marathon emotions.
It is flat, which makes it a great qualifier. It is not too crowded, but there are enough people to run with. I had heard it was a great Boston Qualifier. The pacers are amazing and know how to encourage the people around them, even if they are not part of their group. This to me was huge.
My two Monumental Memories were when I got to see my Filmers when I was 800m out. They knew it. I knew it. I qualified. They all screamed, and I just screamed, "I DID IT!" I qualified for the Boston Marathon.
The second memory was at mile 17ish when I came up to a pace group. The pacer was amazing. I ran with the group, and I continued on after a few miles. At mile 25, my hamstring was tight. So I just let up. I didn't want to push it. The pacer passed me and encouraged me to come with him. I let him go as I went by my filmers. When I finished, the pacer was there waiting for me. He hugged me and said, "YOU QUALIFIED!" I never got his name, but it was a moment of runner unity.
In just a couple weeks, I hope to relive only half of this experience running my fastest half marathon. I am signed up the half this fall :)
Maria's Secret: Why She Ran the Monumental Marathon
I never, ever thought I would attempt a marathon. In fact, I have told people I would never do a marathon. I put this limitation on myself because basically, I suck at breathing. I have lifelong asthma and chronic anemia and I get short of breath walking up just one flight of stairs and fatigue easily. Which, by looking at me one could never tell. I look deceptively fit. It's not that I'm not fit, just that I have medical issues to contend with that cannot be readily seen.
One of my closest friends ( and sister-in-law ) Tess got me into running. I had been running a mile or two here and there, and wanted to run more, and had every excuse possible why I couldn't run more than that. She said to me "everyone has issues to have to deal with when they run- physical ones or time constraint ones or logistical ones. You just have to figure out how to do with them and do it." Over time, I figured it out I just needed to go slow-not worry about PR's, or keeping up with anyone or caring that well, I'm not a fast runner.
Several of my Team Film friends decided to run in their first marathon, and I did not want to be left out so I decided to train for the Indy Monumental Marathon. I would have picked the monumental myself anyway, because running my first marathon in the city I grew up in and love on a beautiful course that happened to be flat is exactly what I wanted to do. So I did the training and with a lot of encouragement and support from my friends and despite an injury mid training, I was ready for the 2014 monumental marathon! I was excited just to be running in a marathon- nothing could damper my spirit. I truly enjoyed every single step of every single mile and at the end when I realized I was about to complete my first marathon I kept saying to myself I did it I did it I did it! When I came up on the cheering section and heard everyone (and I mean everyone, because I was the last of my group of friends to finish) cheering for me it felt like I had been swept up by a wave that carried me right to the finish line. Running in the Monumental Marathon and accomplishing something I never thought possible is one of the best experiences I have ever had and one I will never forget. If I can do it, so should YOU.
We’re less than three weeks away from the CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental Marathon. (A sell-out!) Less than three weeks till you toe the line and test your mettle. If this is your “first” marathon, half marathon, or 5K, congratulations! You may have some serious miles ahead of you, but here’s the thing: Some of the really hard stuff is already behind you. If it’s your “first” of any distance, just registering was a courageous leap. You’ve trained. You’ve navigated pavement or trails and conflicting priorities—maybe setting out in the early morning hours in order to make it to work on time or putting on reflective gear after the kids were in bed so running didn’t intrude on precious family time. Maybe you’ve endured mind-numbing hours on a treadmill at the gym. Whatever your story, on November 5 you’ll be among a few thousand friends who have done the same.
One thing I love about the running community (in Indy and all around) is that we appreciate the effort it takes just to show up—whether we’re in the elite group or (my) “G-is-for-glacial” corral. We offer nods and waves, atta-boys/girls and advice born of experience. When needed, we offer throw-downs or kicks in the “asphalt,” if that’s what we sense our runner friends (or we) need to keep putting one foot in front of the other. We are all “coaches.”
So, it is in that collegial spirit that I offer timely tips from a few of your fellow runners. Whether you’re running your first half, your first full, or your first 5K on November 5, may these words serve you well during the next mile (or several) of your running journey.
Without further adieu, here are tips from a few friends who know how to “go the distance.”
“Trust your training. It will get you through! Listen to your body; only you know what feels right or wrong. Invest in shoes that are right for you! Never underestimate the power of hydration and refueling—very important! Lots of emotions will be present on race day: Stay calm and have fun!”
-Aubrey Hinton Lehman, experienced half marathoner who has raised more than $3,500 for cancer research while training for her first full marathon, this year’s New York City marathon, Indianapolis, IN
“Be prepared to take what the day has to offer. If you feel like you need to slow down, try speeding up first. If that doesn't work, you can always slow down. (I think many of us finish without "giving it all we've got.). If you can approach the start line with a calm veteran, do. If it is VERY cold and you haven't practiced tearing the tabs off your gels with frozen fingers, snip them part way before you leave home.”
-Steve Gilbert, Indy Runners, Personal Best Training, and Rock Steady Boxing participant, Indianapolis, IN
“Best advice: Have fun, no matter what. Meet new people. Do amazing things! Best advice from an experienced runner: Go in with 3 plans, one if you are feeling great after half the race, one if you are ok, but not great at half, and one to get you to the finish line if things are rough halfway through.”
-Jen Savage, Marathon Maniac, Half Fanatic and Double Agent, Peru, IN
“My advice: Enjoy it. Leading up to your first half marathon, training will stink some days. But if you use training and racing to relieve stress or just as a way to get in better shape, you’ll see progress. There's no better feeling than knowing you worked hard and achieved your goal!”
-Jesse Miser, former Butler University soccer team member, IU School of Medicine, and 500 Festival Mini Marathon 2016 finisher (his first!)
“I recommend that new marathoners leave their expensive watches at home and not worry about their time. Let your body dictate your speed and enjoy the marathon experience.”
-Larry Macon, Guinness World Record holder for the most marathons in one year, 50 States Marathon Club, who began running at age 52, San Antonio, TX
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A step-by-step guide, as told by an Alter G newbie.
Step 1: Get Ready.
Tie your shoes well, empty your bladder, and adjust your socks. You don’t want to have to stop, or change anything from the waist down once you get going.
Raise your hand if you’re a runner. (You, too, walkers!) Now keep it raised if you’ve made any of these mistakes:
Hand still in the air? If so, take heart. You’re not alone. Google “common mistakes runners make,” and it turns out there are almost as many gaffes and blunders as there are 5K races and medal designs. In the eight years since I bought my first pair of running shoes, I’ve made most (okay, all) of them. It’s all good, though. Mistakes translate to lessons learned.
On a very personal note, here are three additional running mistakes I have made and what I hope you’ll learn vicariously from my humble experience.
Let’s lace up, get out there, and #Be(beyond)Monumental!
by Steve Gilbert
After the 2014 Indianapolis Monumental Marathon, I wrote about the joys and challenges of running against the toughest competition you will ever face - yourself. Perhaps you improve. You may face illness or injury. In any case, you get older. That 'toughest competitor' shows up at every training run, at every race.
In January following the marathon, my brother sent me an article on "The effects of de-training". The summary basically said:
If you are taking some time away from your training, realize that you will lose a significant portion of your fitness, and you will lose it fairly quickly, though losses will taper off, you can retain a portion of your initial fitness levels for a long time.
That was a year and a half ago. He sent it following my lymph node biopsy surgery, which turned out negative but still required some recovery time.
"You looked guilty. I convicted you. The evidence did not hold up!", the Doctor had said a week later. Monthly, then quarterly, we searched for the missing clue. Eventually, I was unceremoniously dismissed.
By that June, I was hitting stride again, and with the benefits of training with Matt Ebersole at Personal Best Training, I was able to trim a minute off of my mile PR at the 2015 Monumental Mile. The summer went well, adding a 5-mile PR and three successive 5K PR's.
Then the gremlins set in. Joint and muscle issues started to cut into the quality of the workouts. Just weeks before the '15 Monumental Marathon I was in a holding pattern. In 2014, I had eagerly upgraded to the marathon. Now the marathon was not even a consideration. How about the half? My potential any given day was a little unpredictable, and I had been coasting for a month.
Race day came. I went out with a pace group I hoped to be able to hang with. The first few miles were hard. I pulled ahead a little and my splits remained consistent at +/- 0:05 (plus a couple of water stops). Ahead of target mid-way, I was banking mental time each mile. It was still hard. I remember thinking to myself, "It is SUPPOSED to be hard!" Around the 11-mile mark, the mind math said I could stumble in and make my time. When it was all over, it was a PR by more than 2:00, and a negative split by :01.
The thrill again was short lived. General malaise led to a visit to the doctor and a diagnosis of hyperthyroidism. Intense exercise with this condition is a major heart risk. Not to worry for long, as it soon flipped and went hypo. Now instead of being dangerous to exercise, I didn't have the energy. In hindsight the occasional soreness in my heel was the beginning of what was to become chronic tendinitis.
Since the '15 Monumental, I sprained my foot at the Sam Costa quarter marathon on the way to an age group first and a PR. I ran the Carmel 5K with a cold and logged my worst time ever. By May, the tendinitis was becoming an issue. I skipped Geist to recover and later that morning did a 5K training run that would have been satisfying. I thought I had a good chance at a new mile PR this June. Then while running target pace splits just two days before the race Coach Matt sent me home to avoid further injury. Ironically, I had an appointment with my doctor the following day, and we spoke of "listening to one's body". I asked, "Then is it OK for me to race Thursday if I listen to my body?" He replied, "No, because I think you are hard of hearing." Maybe what parents call 'selective hearing' is more accurate.
Now twelve weeks out from the Monumental, I am feeling some improvement. By Nov. 4th, I will either be the most rested or the most out of condition that I have ever been. Ideas tumble through my mind. Is it prudent to run this marathon? (Is it ever prudent to run a marathon?) Can I be competitive at the 5K distance? Some would ask, "Aren't you pushing your self too hard? Do you really need to do this? Can't you just run for fun?" The answers are, respectively, "No", "Yes", and "Yes. I am.".
My question eventually becomes, "What am I training for?" Sometime soon I will have to decide whether it is the marathon, half marathon, or 5K. That is like choosing which party to go to on a busy holiday weekend. But truly I am training for the rest of my life. The start and finish lines are merely arbitrary points in life placed there so that the Monumental staff and volunteers will know when they can go home.
If the outcome were certain the effort would mean nothing and no important questions would be answered in the trying.
The outcome has rarely been certain. Whether important questions have been answered can be judged by others if they desire. I have confronted questions important to me on nearly every outing.
I felt that my opportunity to run was a blessing that could best be glorified by taking it to my highest potential, and through Personal Best Training I found new personal growth and enjoyed the encouragement of runners far stronger than I.
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