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Monday, November 7, 2016

Indy Monumental Half Recap

Saturday I ran my 26th half marathon, my last half of the year, the Indy Monumental half.
(There were 2 other half's I wanted to run this year, but my new job is making me work Saturday's for the rest of the year...boooo.)

 Jeremy and I drove to Indy Friday night. I met up with my friend Kim, who had so sweetly picked up my packet for me.
 Everything is different now that I have a job, I can't just go places anytime I want. But I'm not complaining, now I'll have money for more races! :)

 When I got back to our hotel I was looking through my packet and pulled out my tshirt. Now, race shirts never fit me. 9 times out of 10, they're too small. I pulled this one out, and was expecting to see an XL, hoping it would fit me like a L. But it was TINY! I looked at the tag, and it was an XS! So, that was disappointing.

 Saturday morning we were able to walk to the race start from our hotel. I love staying at hotels where you can just walk to the start line, save yourself all the stress of finding parking.

It was a little chilly, around 37 degrees. I knew it would feel great once the race started though.

If you remember, when I ran the Urban Bourbon half 2 weeks ago, I said I AM going to run a sub 2:30 at the Indy Monumental. I did a 2:31 there, on a hilly course, and since the Monumental course is flat, I knew I could do it.

Of course that was on my mind every single mile. And every mile I would look at my Garmin, and for the first 5 miles, my pace was around 10:40. I was so surprised! I don't run 10 anything!!
 When I do runs on my own, they're always around a 11:45-12 min. pace.

But I had a goal, and I was going to do whatever I had to, to get there. And I felt great! I thought there's no way I'm running this fast, because I feel so good.

It was probably around mile 10 when I started to slow down, and I started to walk a little bit. But my pace never got over 11:30.

It was also around that time I started realizing that I was going to crush my goal. Then I started thinking maybe it was possible to get a PR...

Jeremy caught me coming into the finish
After an excellent run, tons of crowd support, awesome volunteer's, perfect weather, I see the finish line.
I finish in 2:25!!!

I was thinking that was a PR, but once I got home yesterday and was looking back at my previous times, I found out that a PR would've been 2:24. (I did not mean to mislead anyone by saying otherwise)

I was SO happy! I have not ran a half under 2:30 in 2 years!!
I really think it's these 100 mile months I've been doing, and just sheer determination.

Jeremy and I celebrated by getting a Giordano's pizza, and going to a beautiful park to relax for awhile.



What an awesome race this was! My next one isn't until April 22, but I'm sure I'll find some before then.
 I have to give a shout out to my friend Elizabeth, who ran who first marathon this weekend in Indy, and she did awesome!!
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  1. Yay! I wish we had been able to meet up before the race (that portapotty line was crazy long!) but I'm really glad you hit your goal! This is definitely my favorite race, though I know I'm biased being from Indianapolis. :) And the weather was just perfect - NO rain! Congrats again!!

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  2. I am SO PROUD OF YOU!!!! That's an amazing time!!!
    Pizza - deserved!!!
    PS - I HATE race shirts when they make them small. But what was up with the XS? Were you able to get in touch with someone about it?

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  3. Congratulations on your improved time goal! You'll discover with the work/life balance that races become even more savory because of the limited time dedicated to training for the event. While they may be less in quantity, you will get so much more out of quality.

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  4. Race shirt sizing is the bane of my existence. Can we just list a size chart on a website folks? Sometimes I'm a women's medium, sometimes I order a women's large & it's so tight on my arms I can't even try it on. Apparently I'm the hulk. But always a bummer since I love wearing race swag for training.

    Congrats on your finish time! Don't you love those races where it all just comes together!?

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  5. Congrats with all the training in which led you towards this accomplishment. Well Done


    Cheers

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  6. So freaking proud of you for nailing your goal.

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  7. Awesome race! way to crush your goal PR or not :)

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  8. من المعروف ان نظافة المنازل من بين اهم الخدمات الضرورية في التنظيف والترقية بمنازلنا الى مصاف المنازل العصرية والتي عرفت تنظيفا عصريا من شانه ان يوفر لساكنته ظروفا حياتية راقية ولابد من توفر هيئة تختص في المجال مع تقديم ضمانات متكاملة من شانه ان تجعل الافراد يضمنون نجاح خدمة التنظيف ولا حاجة للمزيد من ضياع الاموال عبر طلبات خدمة نظافة المنازل التي لا تلبي حاجياتهم ولا تتماشى مع رغباتهم لأن العديد من شركات تنظيف المنازل تسعى فقط الى عرض خدماتها عبر طرق ترويجية فحسب من اجل كسب المال فقط دون مراعاة الوازع الاخلاقي والضمير المهني الذي يحتم على مدراء مثل هاته الشركات ان يسعوا خلف ارضاء العملاء ليس اكثر من هذا عبر اتقان تنظيف المنازل . شركة شفط بيارت بالرياض
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  9. من المعروف ان نظافة المنازل من بين اهم الخدمات الضرورية في التنظيف والترقية بمنازلنا الى مصاف المنازل العصرية والتي عرفت تنظيفا عصريا من شانه ان يوفر لساكنته ظروفا حياتية راقية ولابد من توفر هيئة تختص في المجال مع تقديم ضمانات متكاملة من شانه ان تجعل الافراد يضمنون نجاح خدمة التنظيف ولا حاجة للمزيد من ضياع الاموال عبر طلبات خدمة نظافة المنازل التي لا تلبي حاجياتهم ولا تتماشى مع رغباتهم لأن العديد من شركات تنظيف المنازل تسعى فقط الى عرض خدماتها عبر طرق ترويجية فحسب . شركة نقل عفش بالقصيم
    شركة مكافحة حشرات بالقصيم
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  10. تعتبر مدينة الدمام من اكبر مدن المنطقة الشرقية فى المملكة العربية السعودية ولهذا يوجد بها الكثير من شركات كشف تسربات المياه والعزل ولهذا قمنا بتجميعها هنا.
    شركة كشف تسربات المياه بالدمام التى تعد واحدة من الشركات الرائدة فى اعمال الكشف عن التسريبات وتقدم خدمات اخرى كثيرة منها : الكشف شركة كشف تسربات المياه بالخبر

    شركة مكافحة حشرات بالدمام
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