Indy Mini-Marathon & 5K Recap 2012

7 May

Sleep deprived — that is what I am. But I had a wonderful weekend, and the lack of sleep is totally worth it.

This weekend was a race weekend for my family — the Indianapolis Mini-Marathon and 5K, to be exact. On Friday night, we went downtown to pick up our race packets and check out the expo. It was pretty crowded, so we headed straight for the packet pick-up area, where I got my bib number and bag of goodies.

After picking up our bags, we looked around the expo for a little while. I bought a pair of pink running shorts for $10 — not bad at all! After checking out the expo, it was time to go home, eat dinner and go to bed. We had an early wake-up call.

My alarm went off at 4:40am on Saturday morning. Since I’d laid my clothes out the night before, all I had to do was get dressed, eat my peanut butter sandwich, and go.

The Indy Mini is one of the largest half marathons in the country, so we were a little worried about the traffic and parking situation. Thankfully, we had no problems at all! We were able to find a spot on the second floor of a very empty parking garage, and since we were early, we had plenty of time to take pictures, go to the bathroom and get lined up.

Just a little tired…

My dad and I were running the 5K before the Mini, so we needed to be lined up by 6:45am. We dropped my sister off at her corral (she ran the half), and headed to the front of the crowd for the 5K. This was the most organized race that I’ve been to — precisely at 7:00 am, we were off.

For the first mile, I was running on people’s heels. A lot of people were speed walking, and it was hard to get around them. By the second mile, it’d thinned out a bit so I could find a good pace. I had to stop to walk twice, just for a few seconds — it was unseasonably warm, and my face felt like it was on fire.

3.1 miles later, I had finished the race in 32 minutes! My goal was to finish in 30 minutes or under, but for not training properly, I’ll take 32. My dad finished just two minutes behind me — it was difficult to stick together in that crowd!

After completing the 5K, my dad and I walked back to the starting line so we could see my sister take off. We waited for a while before realizing that she must’ve already crossed the start line. Since we had some time to kill, we walked back to the car to grab more water and my camera, then made our way to the finish line where we waited for my sister to finish.

By that time, the temps were inching higher into the 80s, and the sun was beating down on us. The announcer said that there was a “yellow” warning — meaning that the runners were asked to slow down, walk, or take an extra water break. At that time, we saw at least three people being driven away on stretchers, and I started to get a nervous when my sister wasn’t in sight. Finally, we spotted her, and she looked like she was still going strong!

She finished her first half marathon in 2:32!

After the race, we pushed through the crowd to meet her.

We took pictures, drank more water, and headed to Panera for lunch. By the time we got home, it was close to 1pm, and I was in dire need of a nap — which is just what I did for a few hours that afternoon.

Looking back on the Mini-Marathon, I learned a lot. It was inspiring, really. I saw little kids crossing the finish line, an older man crossing the finish line, new moms, dads and teenagers crossing the finish line. It just made me realize that there’s no excuse not to get up and move. No excuse not to push ourselves to achieve something we’d never thought we’d be able to achieve. Because if a 70-year-old man can run 13.1 miles, I can surely run a mud run. Or maybe someday, a half marathon.We will see :).

On that note, it’s now time for me to get ready for the first day of my last week of work! Let’s make it a good week…

Have you completed a half marathon? Would you?

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24 Responses to “Indy Mini-Marathon & 5K Recap 2012”

  1. HollieisFueledByLOLZ May 7, 2012 at 7:45 am #

    Great job! Half marathons are my favorite distance though I fear I’ve run a bit too many so I’m going to back off after the last two I’ve signed up for for a while. I hate how crowded races are at the start. It makes me so claustrophobic!

  2. Danica @ It's Progression May 7, 2012 at 9:25 am #

    Congrats on a great race!! I love that your dad joined you in the race–not many people can say that!
    As you already know, I’m running my first half marathon in just a few weeks. I used to say that was something only “crazy people” did haha

  3. kitkat1126 May 7, 2012 at 10:23 am #

    Congrats!!!
    I said I’d never run a half marathon but signed up for one this October (plenty of training time). I think you could absolutely do it! 🙂

  4. Laura @ LauraLikesDesign May 7, 2012 at 10:44 am #

    Great job! 5k’s are such a great distance! Enough to get sweaty but not too long where you just want to give up! Hope your week is off to a great start!

  5. TheNewHealthy May 7, 2012 at 1:30 pm #

    Yay! Congrats to all of you! That sounds like such a fun way to spend time with your family. And I love your sister’s shirt! I also run for iced coffee. 😉

  6. Marcia May 7, 2012 at 1:42 pm #

    Congrats to you, your dad and your sis! How fun that you all ran! Indy Mini is so much fun. I ran the half there in 2008 and it was hot as well, especially on the racetrack. It was my 3rd half. This weekend I ran my 21st. Racing gets addictive! : )

  7. di @ life of di. May 7, 2012 at 3:24 pm #

    How fun! I’m hoping to run my first 5K this October in Granville, Ohio. PS – I love your sister’s shirt 🙂 So cute!

    • Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy May 7, 2012 at 9:08 pm #

      Oh, good luck! October is such a good time to run a race — the weather’s usually nice! Thanks, I liked her shirt too :).

  8. eatpraytri May 7, 2012 at 3:38 pm #

    I’ve really contemplated it this year. I really want to do it, but I struggle with training time so I don’t want to set myself up for frustration or failure. I think when the time is right I will know it and I will do it. I’m excited for it when the time comes!!

  9. savorlifesflavors May 7, 2012 at 5:56 pm #

    Congrats!

  10. Brittany May 7, 2012 at 6:26 pm #

    Congrats girl!! I only ran 1 half and I loved it! My knee won’t let me run anymore though. Bummer!

  11. notsodomesticated May 7, 2012 at 6:38 pm #

    You can totally do a half-marathon!! If you want to, that is. But if you don’t, that’s totally cool, too … do whatever works for you! 🙂 Congrats on the great 5k time!

  12. Casey @ Ragings of An Insane Girl May 7, 2012 at 7:26 pm #

    I love your running shoes!! Congrats on running the 5k!

  13. fitandfuninthird May 7, 2012 at 7:42 pm #

    Awesome job in your race!! 🙂
    I ran my second half marathon yesterday, and although I was getting really bored of running towards the end of my training, I’m already getting the itch to sign up for another one!

  14. Bethany @ Accidental Intentions May 8, 2012 at 4:55 pm #

    Glad the race went well for all of your family! I love how running is such an equalizer like you touched on at the end of your post. It’s cool to see things that would normally divide people like age more or less just go away at a race, where everyone is just a runner working towards the same finish line. There’s not a lot of sports you can say that for!

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