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Discussion: Indy 500 festival mini marathon rr

Subject: Indy 500 festival mini marathon rr

By: John G.

Written on: Thursday May 10, 2012

Message: I haven't posted on here as much as I would like, most of which comes from work restrictions on social networking sites. But here's my race report from the weekend.

My dad, brother, mom, and some friends arrived at our hotel literally right beside the start line and tried to settle in for a good nights sleep. Unfortunately I'm a third shifter, and despite my attempt to flip my sleep schedule coupled with my fear of sleep aids, I slept hooribly. Probably only about four hours of solid sleep.

I woke up, ate a clif bar, drank a cup of coffee and headed to my corall. This event was 35000 people strong. I didn't have a seeded spot since I didn't participate in qualifying events and haven't raced a HM in 11 years. Therefore I was in corall K, about 10-15k people back from the start. This would prove to be a key player in my end result. My goal was to be in the 1:30's and I knew it was gonna be a long shot with all the people to run around. Once I actually crossed the start line, I found the sidewalk and started strong. My first couple miles were right around 7:00 pace, ahead of my target but I felt strong. By mile 5 I had slowed a bit, but was still right on track. In stuck with my plan of a few shot blocks every 4 miles and Gatorade and water at every station as humidity was mounting.

I started having some stomach issues about mile 6 running around the famous brickyard. I don't know if it was the humidity, taking in too much fluids, or just one of those things that some times happens, but I definately slowed me down. I was able to successfully avoid taking a break for porta potties and settled back into my pace. When I reached my 15k mark, I knew my target time was bleak. I tried kicking it in gear and just didn't have any umph left. I still felt ok, no major pains or grievences, I was just low on fuel. I crossed the finish at 1:42:11. Not too far off of the 1:30's.

However, I was encouraged when I reviewed my running app I had going on my phone. In order to run around the massive groups of people, I was often on the outside of turns, and ran a lot of lateral distance to find quicker running lanes. My app actually had me running 13.43 miles due to the lateral distance. This put my "unofficial" pace right where I wanted to be.

It was a good event, and I had a blast! Unfortunately time and money have forced me to remove the HIM I was hoping for in July, but I've got a sprint, and an OLY I'm already signed up for, and am thinking of adding another half mary or a 15k trail run in the fall.

Subject: RE: Indy 500 festival mini marathon rr

By: Suzanne C.

Written on: Thursday May 10, 2012

Message: Nice job! I would love a 1:40 on a bad day :). Thanks for sharing.

I have also found I do better in races when seeded correctly.

Subject: RE: Indy 500 festival mini marathon rr

By: Steve K.

Written on: Thursday May 10, 2012

Message: I started in corall G...very hot and humid day..exciting to run on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway..I would do this event again...very well supported.

Subject: RE: Indy 500 festival mini marathon rr

By: Leo F.

Written on: Thursday May 10, 2012

Message: Great job with that time coming from that far back. It would be interesting to know just how many people you passed during the race - probably an astounding number.

Is running through the speedway as cool as it sounds? I have run the last two years through Churchill Downs infield doing the mini and the full but the speedway sounds like more fun. 35,000 doesn't sound like fun but may have to think about doing that one.

Subject: RE: Indy 500 festival mini marathon rr

By: Teri d.

Written on: Thursday May 10, 2012

Message: Good for you Yep, like Suzanne said, I would love to be able to do a 1:40. My vote is to do the trail run in the fall. Nothing beats the trails in the fall.

Subject: RE: Indy 500 festival mini marathon rr

By: Willard H.

Written on: Friday May 11, 2012

Message: I also agree that's a good time. Great job, and good luck with your upcoming races!

Subject: RE: Indy 500 festival mini marathon rr

By: John G.

Written on: Friday May 11, 2012

Message: Thanks all. And I thought running through the speedway was pretty sweet. I'm not a car racing fan by any stretch of the imagination, but it was cool to have some different scenery as opposed to the normal running events, and an iconic location at that. And I don't think the 35k people would've been such a big deal if I would've actually shows up to a qualifying event (they had a few 10k type events they counted as qualifying) they also take HM times within the past year for official seeding. The event also has a lot of supporters along the way. There were probably half a dozen local bands playing a different spots throughout the race, along with a lot of general supporters. So Leo F I would recommend doing this in the future if u can. Good luck to everyone and I look forward to reading other RR's.

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