My morning started bright and early (dark and early) to run the Indianapolis Monumental Half Marathon!
I got up at 3:30am to meet the group at early o’ clock and drive down to Indy for the race. Fortunately I was asleep by like 9pm the night before, so I felt pretty perky when that alarm went off.
We arrived early and had quite a bit of time to kill before the race started, so we spent pre-race in a warm convention center with a gloriously long line of flushing toilets (if only every race started like this).
Before we started, my legs felt fresh because I took a few days off this week, including the 2 days before the race. After we started, they didn’t feel so fresh. I ran the first 5ish miles at a 7:40ish pace, then slowed down to a 7:50ish for the majority of the race before picking it up at the end. I never felt great and I wanted the race to be over the entire time, but it wasn’t quite as terrible as the previous half l ran 3 weeks ago. My butt muscles didn’t hurt like last time, which was awesome; my quads were kind of tired, but nothing was in pain. I finished in 1:41 (7:47 pace) and was thrilled to see the finish line.
Mild weather, neat (and flat!) course, and plenty of water & Gatorade. It was also well-organized.
(No pictures because I didn’t take any. Whaat?)
I feel good/not sore or very tired right now, so we’ll see how tomorrow goes. I’m meeting Andrea in the morning for a recovery run walk. Yay!