Sunday, October 18, 2009
Ran the Indianapolis Half-Marathon on Saturday for the first time. It was in the low 30's at the start but turned out to be a beautiful fall day. Shed the layers at mile 3 and tried to stay on pace with unknown terrain ahead. I ran 1:45 in May at the 500 festival Mini but thought I could beat that today. Ended with a PR at 1:39:59. Beats my 2002 time of 1:41:24 on a flat 500 Festival course. This course was not flat and the last 3 miles - rolling hills. I highly recommend the course. The volunteers were great and out in full force.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
There a some things that a beginner such as myself should know going to the competition day. For instance, all athletes are weighed before the race, for their own safety. Also, up to 20% of starters don't make it to the finish line for a number of uncontrollable reasons. A recent post from an age-grouper from the 2009 Ironman Louisville outlines the highlights of the event.
Saturday was the second time I ran the DINO series Southwestway Park Trail run. Last year I ran 1:24 and improved to 1:15 this year even after the course was reversed - MUCH harder. I amazingly got 3rd place in my age group. Only 9 total but still quite exciting. Results.