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Change of Plans

Monday, June 11, 2012

Well, I kind of freaked myself out today when I started doing some more detailed research of the Boilermaker Half Marathon (which I had chosen as my first half marathon on October 20th). Come to find out that this is the first year for this race and there are some monster hills. This wouldn’t necessarily be an issue (I’ve got plenty of time for hill training before October), but then I read that the pace required for the race is a 15-minute mile and, if you aren’t able to keep up with the pace, they will pick you up in the Sag Wagon and drive you back to the finish line.


Well, seeing as my 5k average time is close to 14 minutes, that made me pretty nervous. That, in addition to hills, was a daunting thought for me. I spent a bit of time discussing this with my trainer and he gave me some VERY valuable information about choosing half marathons.

Apparently, if you are a novice, it is best to choose a half marathon that has a full marathon attached because the required times to finish are based upon the full marathon times. Whereas, if you register for a half that has no full attached, the maximum time to finish is usually based on an average (generally around 3 hours).


Seeing as my trainer has run something like 8 half marathons and 2 full marathons and he still has not been able to break the 3 hour mark, I began to feel VERY uneasy about the Boiler Half being my first half marathon ever. I really do want to ENJOY my first big race and not be pushing my body too hard or worrying that I am about to be kicked out at any time.

It just so happens that a good friend of mine (who moved away a year or so ago) had asked me just this afternoon to run the Indianapolis Marathon. While I’m definitely not going to attempt a full marathon, there is a half marathon attached to this race (and a 5k!) and the max time allowed is 4 hours (or a 17-minute mile) – MUCH BETTER!!!


I started to do some research and checked out the website and found this info, which was very appealing to me:

What Sets This Event Apart...

• One of the most beautiful Autumn Marathon courses you will find anywhere. The course has been described as “Enchanting” and “Surreal” by participants! “No ‘down’ spots along the entire course”. An amazing treat.

• The fantastic post-race atmosphere. After the race, hang out in the Beautiful Park Setting of the Former Army Parade Grounds of Lawton Loop. Enjoy music, fire pits, a free post-race meal, and a magical atmosphere where people simply want to relax, catch up with new and old friends, and enjoy their accomplishment on a beautiful autumn day.

• The Indianapolis Marathon and Half Marathon registration fees are some of the most reasonable in the country!

• We delight in paying attention to the details. Our Goal for participants: Exceed Expectations, Amaze Them!


In light of the fact that this race is closer to me, it has great reviews, it sounds like a lot of fun AND I will get to re-connect with an old friend…I’ve changed my plan up a bit and decided to run this as my first half marathon instead. I still desperately want to do the Boiler Half Marathon, but I think it will have to wait until I am in a better space physically and mentally…maybe next year.

Best part is…these two races are on the same day, so my training plan still stands and I will continue to follow it just as it is already scheduled.


Wish me luck!
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  • SJOHNS30
    My first half marathon is on the 13th a few days before urs!!! I was doing c25k for my 5k in july, but yesterday i was able to do 3 miles so im kind of thinking about switching to the half marathon training instead. Do u think its too soon? How's training going for u????
    2103 days ago
    (It is possible that someone else has recommended this in the 25 pages preceding me.... ;-D )

    Some halfs and marathons allow walkers, so there are races out there that would allow for lots of time.

    I am glad that you are listening to your body and heart, and creating a joyful experience for your race day. That's what it's all about! =)
    2104 days ago
  • LILYPAD12311
    Well,,, you have thought it through and made a good decision for yourself..... you certainly don't want to have the added anxiety of someone coming up from behind to drive you to the finish line emoticon Yes,,, I think you made the right decision ....... good for you! emoticon
    2105 days ago
    The Indianapolis Half Marathon sounds perfect!

    Best wishes for your training - and don't worry about hills - for every uphill, you get a nice downhill to relax on.
    2105 days ago
  • JENNNY135
    That's great news, you are probably feeling better about your choice. I hate that feeling of second guessing myself. Your first HM race should be enjoyable.

    2105 days ago
    This sounds like a fantastic choice. You will do terrific -
    2105 days ago
    The Indy Mini sounds like a good first one! Can you get your $$ back from the Purdue one? Or transfer your registration?
    2105 days ago
    Sounds like a great decision! Those cut off times can be daunting - when I was training for my first race (Disney Princess 5k)... the same "threat" was there. I joked with my friend that I had a great fear of the "Goofymobile" coming to take me away! LOL

    Needless to say, we far outran the Goofymobile and had a great time getting our picture taken with his character for the rest of our trip!

    If you ever have a chance to do a Disney race... take it! It was an exceptional experience!

    Way to go re-evaluating and making a decision that suits you. I've got no doubt you'll conquer the Boiler in due time!
    2105 days ago

    This sounds like a much more reasonable, fun and achievable goal! Woohoo!
    2105 days ago
    a postponement, not a cancellation, AND you've added another race?!?! You realize how amazing you are, right? Still cheering for you here in the Fort! And just think~ now you have time to recruit runners for your Boilermaker Mini Team 2013! emoticon
    2105 days ago
  • LINDAK25
    This sounds great! Here's wishing you luck!
    2106 days ago
  • WINNIE1978
    It sounds like a very good decision to switch the race. It would suck to have your first half marathon be a bad experience.
    2106 days ago
  • AWOOD1973
    Awesome! Great job on your research! No sense in injurying yourself by possibly not having enough training. This sounds heavenly! Good luck!!! I'm sure you will be well on your way to Boiler Half Marathon! emoticon
    2106 days ago
  • 123ELAINE456
    Good for you!!! A very smart choice for your first race. You can Do It. Keep the trainning up for it. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Day and Week.
    2106 days ago
    i think this is a very wise choice! i am doing (with lizalot), the royal parks marathon in london in october, and it looks very gorgeous. hopefully after that i will have confidence that i might be able to get up to not getting swept up in the Firenze Vivicittà half next spring, which i want desperately to do but which requires you can do 2.5 h. my coach (an ex-sparkie) thinks i will get there.
    2106 days ago
  • MISSLISA1973
    My brother did the Indianapolis a few years ago. It was nice. I wasn't working out then or doing any running or walking at all, but I joined him for part of the race (he was running, but his knee blew out so he had to walk... I kept up up for as long as I could, which wasn't long at all). It really was nice. The weather was nice, which it often is in the fall. And it was in the park. I caught up with him deep in the woods (well, maybe not that deep... it was a few years ago). It was so quiet and peaceful! No city traffic where I found him. Later he was on some roads, I think, but all the traffic was blocked so there was really not much traffic to contend with in the parts I was at. I think you'll like it.
    2106 days ago
    Intelligent decision. No matter which you do, no matter how fast or slow, that you enjoy yourself is important.
    2106 days ago
    Terrific!! Glad that worked out for you. Spark on!
    2106 days ago
    smart choice
    2106 days ago
    Definitely a good idea. I love their goals! and it sounds a lot more fun and a lot more doable.

    2106 days ago
    Sounds like a much better fit for you!
    2106 days ago
    Sounds like a smart choice. Good for you!
    2106 days ago
    Good Luck!! Have fun!!You will do emoticon emoticon
    2106 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/11/2012 10:57:18 PM
    Glad your new plan is so cool! Good luck--rock that race emoticon
    2106 days ago
    Good luck! This sounds like a really smart shift ... well thought out, well researched ... and you'll still be able to train for a half marathon - but seemingly without the pressure that this other race would have put on you. Great self-care! Onward!
    2106 days ago
    that sounds like a very good change of plans - the whole idea is to have fun, so you'll look forward to the experience and want to do it again. emoticon
    2106 days ago
    Good for you having the ability to change directions. So wise. I'm so proud of you! Go Leah! Queen Leah rocks! emoticon
    2106 days ago
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