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Indianapolis Monumental Marathon Weekend

So my first half marathon was a thrilling weekend in Indianapolis! I have to admit I was extremley nervous/anxious/nauseous/excited and many other emotions. 

Aside from tons of amazing food, city sights and quality time from family, I tried to take in the whole experience the best I could.

Since the race was scheduled for a Saturday, my mom and I ventured over to the expo Friday afternoon. 

Aside from my awesome race shirt, I walked away with some swag courtesy of my awesome mom. On our walk back it was definetly full of great city views.

After a restless night and tons of planning race morning was here: I was ready!

6:00 a.m. Wake up call (41 degrees)

7:15 a.m. Headed over to the start line (which by the way was the Capital Building)

7:20 a.m. I was throughly impressed with the potty lines

7:35 a.m. Attempted to find my pace/corral

8:09 a.m. We finally got through the starting line (official race start 8 a.m.)

Since it was my first rodeo, I tried to focus on the course views, hydration, and not tripping. So the only photo I took was from mile 9 when I texted my other half: "I am not doing so hot!"

Lucky for me, I have a supported spouse who sent me amazing messages to help me finish off the last 4 miles. 

Then around 3:09:16 I crossed the finish line of my first half marathon! 

Overall the weekend was a complete success! The organization of the race was fantastic! Plenty of well stocked water/Gatorade stops, local police volunteering along the course, and plenty of neighborhood support throughout the city. On top of that, I was able to share the moments with some of the most important people in my life (whether in person or spirit). I learned so much about my body and mentality which will help me as I continue my running journey.

Until next time Indianapolis!


  1. Congrats on finishing your first half! I finished my first half recently too with a time of 3:11:44 and I loved reading a race recap from someone who runs a similar pace :)

    Ashley @

    1. Thanks Ashley!!! Us "back of the packer's" have to stick together!

  2. Congrats! I ran my 1st half marathon Sunday in Pensacola,FL with a time of 2:15:13 . it was such a great experience I'm doing another Dec. 14th, keep it up

  3. Congrats to you!! The first half experience is indescribable. Here's to many more! :)