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500 Festival Mini-Marathon 2011

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Sunday, May 08, 2011

I just got home from my fourth annual trip to Indianapolis for the half-marathon. I've walked it the past three years, and this year was my first year RUNNING it. It was fantastic!! Hopefully I can remember all the details (there was a lot of drinking, haha).

Eli had a Mother's Day tea party at school, so I wanted to make sure I could go to that before we left for Indy. I went to the tea party and Eli was adorable. He was so excited and proud of the things he'd made for me. My mom picked him up at 11:30, and I left with Jerry (my husband), Renee, and Jessica (my friends) for Indy. The drive was about 4 1/2 hours, and we stopped a couple of times along the way for snacks. At one gas station, they were selling Cadbury Creme Eggs for 6 cents each!! I was tempted to buy all of them, but I only bought two.

We arrived at the hotel and my brother Brian, my sister Jeanie, and her two friends Cathy and Jen were already there. Everyone had a drink in our hotel room while we waited to head to dinner. We had reservations at Buca di Beppo to load up on pasta for the race. Reservations were at 5, and we were seated right away. We had cheese bread, lasagna, fettuccine alfredo, ravioli, stuffed shells, manicotti... OH, it was SO good. Then we headed over to the Expo to pick up our packets.

I was kind of bummed to see that I had requested a medium shirt, when I really need a small, but I registered for this race almost a year ago, and I was a medium at the time. We walked around the Expo, and I bought a sticker for my car that says "13.1 miles 'cause I'm only half crazy". I noticed someone walking around in a Biggest Loser t-shirt and I recognized it to be Allen from season 8! I said hello, and asked if he was doing the race, etc. I told him about my weight loss and asked if I could get a picture with him. He was SUPER friendly.

After the Expo, we went back to the hotel. I was kind of wired and wanted to play some games or something, but everyone else just wanted to lie around and go to bed early. I sat in my sister's room and talked to her and her friends for a little while, then went to bed at around 11.

The alarm went off at 5:00 AM. I went down and ate breakfast (oatmeal with raisins, canteloupe, muffin). Then I got dressed and tried to calm my nerves. I get nervous every year, even though I already know what to expect. We took some pictures, then everyone headed down to the start area, which was directly in front of our hotel. I was in the Q corral (by myself--no one else from our group was starting there, and I planned to run alone). Jerry wasn't running, so he had all our stuff in a bag and he was going to go wait at the finish line.

I made small talk with a couple of people, turned on my Garmin, and waited for the start. Once the race started (at 7:33), it took me about 20 minutes to get to the actual starting line. This is the largest half-marathon in the country, with 35,000 racers--and being in Q, I was pretty far back there. It's organized by estimated finish time, and when I registered, I had estimated my finish to be 2:30.

Once the race started, I started running at a pretty slow pace. There were so many people that I had to dodge people constantly for the first mile or so. Right after the starting line, there was a girl in front of me that I was going to pass, because I saw her trying to TEXT AND RUN at the same freaking time. She wasn't watching where she was going, and then she fell--RIGHT in front of me, which almost caused me to go flying to the pavement as well. I was so mad that I wanted to kick her, but I dodged her and kept going. At the first mile marker is the zoo, and I saw an elephant watching us run by :)

I kept focusing on maintaining a steady pace, and I didn't want to worry too much about how slow I was going. I wanted to stay comfortable, so I just found a happy pace and went with it. At mile 6, we went onto the Indy 500 race track. The track looks so small on TV, but it is actually 2 1/2 miles around. It's the most boring part of the race, in my opinion. I saw a man wearing a Martian Marathon t-shirt and I told him I did the Martian 10k in March. He is from Windsor, and went to Indy for the race like I did.

There were tons of pit stops along the race (probably about every mile) but I hadn't stopped for water or Gatorade at all. At around mile 8, I had some water--I didn't realize it would be so hard to run and drink at the same time, and I wound up getting water all over my shirt right before I saw the photographers. So I'm interested to see how I look in the pics!

After mile 9, the rest of the miles went by kind of fast. I had water at mile 10, and then Gatorade at mile 11. Most people eat some sort of fuel, but I always feel fine without food or water up until about 10 miles, and after that, I just need a little water and I'm good to go. My legs started hurting about halfway through mile 12, but I still felt pretty strong. When I finally hit mile 13, I saw the finish line and there were TONS of people cheering us on. I heard Renee yell my name, so I smiled and waved at her. I didn't see Jerry at all, and I actually slowed down a little to try and see him, but no luck. I think I was half smiling, half crying when I crossed the finish line. I felt emotional for a minute and was about to go into the ugly cry, and then I was over it. My finish time was 2:10:40. I got pic taken with my medal, then went to find Renee (who finished in 1:46) and Jerry.

Finish time
I'm not thrilled with my time, but it's decent. An average 9:59/mile pace. I'm definitely going to have to do some speedwork. My splits were as follows:
Mile 1- 10:31
Mile 2- 10:10
Mile 3- 10:06
Mile 4- 9:56
Mile 5- 9:54
Mile 6- 10:00
Mile 7- 9:47
Mile 8- 9:47
Mile 9- 9:59
Mile 10- 9:47
Mile 11- 9:37
Mile 12- 9:41
Mile 13- 9:23
Mile 0.1- 8:55

For the most part, I had negative splits, so I'm happy with that. My best mile was actually the 13th mile, which surprised me.

Renee found me and she said she had no clue where Jerry was. We went back to the finish line to watch everyone else finish. I saw Brian and Jen cross, which surprised me, because I thought for sure they would have finished before me. Their time was 2:19. We watched for Jessica, but didn't see her. We saw Jeanie and Cathy cross. Then someone found Jerry, who admitted he completely missed my crossing the finish line!

We went back to the hotel and met up with Jessica. I took a shower and had lunch at the food court in the mall next door. Then I drank almost a whole bottle of Kendall-Jackson Merlot (my favorite wine!) and relaxed. After that, we went down to the hotel bar and had some drinks and snacks. Renee and Jessica ended up going out to a club to dance, which I wasn't interested in doing, so I stayed with everyone else. We went to Buffalo Wild Wings for dinner--that's where you end up if you don't make reservations on time--and then finally went back to the hotel. I went to bed at around 10:30.

I couldn't sleep at all, and at 3:30 AM, Jessica and Renee finally came back to the hotel. They were being pretty loud, so I went in the other room to sleep. I could tell I was getting sick because my throat felt like I was swallowing razor blades.

I woke up at 8 this morning and packed up our stuff. My throat hurt so badly. Surprisingly, I wasn't sore from the run at all. My hips felt a little stiff, but that's it. We left the hotel at 10:30, and I got home at about 3 pm. I looked up my results online. My kids asked if I won, and I explained that I came in 11,890th place... hahaha.

Overall, it was a great weekend. I'm so excited to be a part of the cool kids club now that I've RUN a half-marathon! I'm super psyched for next year--I'm going to run it sub-2:00! ;)

I'll post the official race pictures when I get them.
5/15/11- Official race photos are in!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JLEMUS1 5/11/2011 7:23AM

    Awesome, and to get a picture with one of the biggest loser..wowo..although you looked better than he did...I may be biased spark sister...way to kill it!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Awesome! As always, an inspiration!

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WILLIAMV3 5/10/2011 2:09PM

    Sounds like you did fantastic girlie! I am so proud of you. I love the sticker. emoticon

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MOM2MXKE 5/10/2011 11:21AM

    AMAZING!! I want that sticker for my car too (: My first 1/2 is July 17th!!!

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1000PENNIES 5/10/2011 7:24AM

  It's great that you ran the half. I can't wait until I can say the same. I am just beginning to run.

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FLYGIRL557 5/9/2011 11:52PM

    Congratulations!! You have come so far. I'm glad you had such a great experience at the race this year.

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FLYGIRL557 5/9/2011 11:51PM

    Congratulations!! You have come so far. I'm glad you had such a great experience at the race this year.

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ALILYNNE 5/9/2011 11:31PM

    So awesome! I'm from around the Indy area and really wanted to run the mini this year! But I waited too long to sign up and it was full! Learned my lesson and will definitely sign up earlier next year! But that did give me the opportunity to sign up for several smaller races including Warrior Dash in August!

A few of my friends also said that the race track was the most boring part!

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KTMAE2006 5/9/2011 11:17PM

    Way to go!! I finished my first 5k on April 29, and I have a New Years Resolution of completing 4 more. But I'm contemplating a half. I think you might have convinced me!

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ATREAT4ME 5/9/2011 7:48PM

    How awesome. So cool!

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ROSET491 5/9/2011 7:02PM

    Thanks so much for sharing your half with us!! I love to read about others accomplishments!! Good Job!!

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BARBARAJ73 5/9/2011 5:44PM

    WOW! Good for you...!!!!! emoticon

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LYNN2BTHIN 5/9/2011 5:12PM

    emoticon on RUNNING a half-marathon!!! That is awesome! I love the sticker you bought about only being half crazy. How cool to met Allen from the Biggest Loser. It sounds like you had a very nice weekend all the way around. You look amazing too! I am doing my very first 5K run/walk this Saturday but I definitely will be walking it. I'm excited for it though.

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MIMOTOGO 5/9/2011 4:19PM

    emoticon emoticon on a great race over all. Love to here your excitement about running. Keep up the amazing work. You look wonderful!

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CAT5599 5/9/2011 3:52PM

    Way to go! I ran my first quarter marathon this weekend, 6.55 miles in 1:23. I walked for about an mile of it but the rest of it was a slow jog. Felt good to finish it and know I can do it. Proud of you!!

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PETITE44 5/9/2011 2:04PM

    Great Job... First of Many...
You had good times...

I've done Four,and doing the S.F. " Bay to Breakers" Sunday, May 15th, 2011. There will be 55,000 runners The biggest race ever,and its the 100th race.

( 12k = 7.6 miles )
My last run was 2009,so it's been a yr. I'm getting back into it. I complete a 5K on 4/9 34:22 ( I stopped twice,due to my shin hurting ), but other than that I felt good....

Alot of people will be in costume for the Bay to it should be interesting.

Previous runs
Rock 'n Roll 26.2
CIA - 26.2
Nike 13.1
S.F. Marathon 13.1

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WISLNDR 5/9/2011 12:42PM

    Great job, congratulations!!

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HLTHYRNRMOM 5/9/2011 12:01PM

    wow great race and blog!! woohooo!! great job!

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FIT_FOR_LIFE85 5/9/2011 11:55AM

    emoticon on RUNNING your first half marathon! I LOVE that sticker! I wanted to buy one myself when I ran my first half in January, but I didn't end up buying it, maybe next time! Great job!

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GOGOMAMA 5/9/2011 11:54AM

    Congrats!!! That is great! emoticon emoticon

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MYADOG1 5/9/2011 10:44AM

    CONGRATS! That is awesome!

Just wanted to let you know you inspire so many of us, and for me personally you inspired me to try my first 1/2 marathon this month. (walking)
I'm now addicted and did my second one this weekend. Have 2 more planned for later this year!
Thank you would never have dreamed of it without reading your blogs! emoticon
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TOPCATSEALS 5/9/2011 10:24AM

    How awesome!! I live in Indianapolis and I have yet to brave the race. You are inspiring! You did a great job! and I also love Buca! :)

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GEOPENGUIN 5/9/2011 9:18AM

    great job! Knew you could do it.

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JERSEYFLOWER 5/9/2011 9:02AM

    Way to go! Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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    Wooo-whoooo! Awesome, awesome, awesome job!!!!!!!! :)

- Michelle

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JEREMY723 5/9/2011 8:20AM

    Congrats and thanks for sharing!

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LOPEYP 5/9/2011 7:02AM

    emoticon Sounds like you had a great weekend!

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POLSKARENIA 5/9/2011 5:17AM

    Well done and get better soon!!

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ABB698 5/9/2011 4:21AM

    emoticon on a succesful race and I hope your throat is feeling better! Spark on!

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LILIVW 5/9/2011 1:57AM

    Congrats on a great race!

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BEVERLYC 5/8/2011 11:52PM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing! Makes us feel like we were there with you!!!

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KITHKINCAID 5/8/2011 11:19PM

    Congrats Katie! Wow - I can't believe you talk about running a half like it's no big deal. That's amazing. Hoping I can be at that point after losing 125!

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CAROLZ1967 5/8/2011 10:25PM

    Great job! Makes me want to do one!

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KATSPARK06 5/8/2011 10:08PM

    wow - so interesting! you make running sound so awesome!

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MEGGUILLORY 5/8/2011 10:08PM

    Incredible Job! Congratulations!

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HU4TO2SC 5/8/2011 10:04PM

    Always love your determination and drive to meet your goals. You have very inspiring stories and it was very encouraging to see all the support you have from family and friends. Glad to see you recovered okay from when you injured
your jaw. I haven't been on Sparks People for a long time, so thanks for sharing.
My daughter who just turned 40, ran in her first half marathon in Palos Park, Il.
There were only 1900 in that run and I thought that was a lot. Yours was amazing! She ran it in 2 hours and 28 minutes. She also met her goal of running
in a marathon when she turned 40. Plus she was just diagnosed with breast cancer. So it was really important to her to run. She didn't care about her time or what she placed, just that she did it. I'm very proud of her and her determination to still run after finding out she had cancer. Thanks Again for sharing.

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HOTRODSANDY 5/8/2011 9:37PM

    Sounds like a blast - Congrats on finishing in less than the expected 2:30!

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J2MARINE 5/8/2011 9:30PM

    My sister and niece did a marathon in Arizona and my nieice wanted to run it while my sister walked it with her other daughter and was excited that her daughter still wanted to run it by herself! However....when my sister saw my niece she had brown stains on her pants and found that a lady had actually run her over....AND DIDN'T STOP!!! My niece is 10 and I am proud to say someone actually did stop and help her up and she finished the race! Made me think of that when you mentioned the texting...running...fool! Good job!!!

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ERINLOEWY 5/8/2011 9:29PM

    awesome job!!

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THIRDXACHARM 5/8/2011 9:26PM

    Sounds like a great event. Love the sticker!

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JEN-ATX 5/8/2011 9:11PM

    awesome job and great race report! thanks for sharing!

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VANILLAMAMA 5/8/2011 8:58PM

    Katie what was your time the first time you ever did it? I am proud of you, doing it in less time than you thought in the first place.

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POOKASLUAGH 5/8/2011 8:55PM

    I love that you had a whole group of friends that you went with! I hope one day to find a group of people who can help motivate each other to run a half marathon. Of course, I have to get through running a 5K before I even start thinking about that. :D Congrats on the running!

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