#racerecap (pt1) of the #monumentalmarathon in #indianapolis.
1st, I ran the first 17.5 miles w/ my buddy @danielntian as he crushed his PR & went sub 3 for the first time. #whatanhonor #soproud... 2nd, I got to run for my coach @run_fast_coach.
Now #thedetails... The start was the perfect temp (chilly but bearable) and just 40 feet from the hotel. I passed my sweats to @dereklindstrom about 7 minutes from the gun and anxiously waited with Dan for the 8am start. As the lead pack took off, I focused on remaining calm and keeping my pace in check. The first two miles were 10-15 seconds slower than the goal pace. #thatiskey. All of my good races #startslow... Derek got a grin and a thumbs up just after 2 as Dan and I found our rhythm and settled in to our goal pace. We were very focused on our #tangents right from the start. In the end, the watch read 26.26 which is #prettydarngood for a #marathon.
It's a #flatcourse with the first 5 miles looping around downtown #indy. We turned onto Pennsylvania just before mile 5. There are 2 miles of straight road leading into the residential areas north of downtown. The road is heavily crowned so we tried to stay in the center (but off the paint) to save our IT bands and hip flexors as much as possible.
Mile 7 turns along #fallcreek and is where the half marathon peels off. Here I took my second #accelgel and ran through my #paininventory for the first time. This is where I ask myself how I'm doing, where I'm hurting, check my heart rate, and reset if necessary. It was a little earlier than normal, but after an awful #chicagomarathon I wanted to be very careful. I was feeling good.
Dan and I continued running even 6:45 splits through neighborhoods that feel a lot like Summit or Grand in St. Paul. The half way point is right before coming to the #whiteriver and the northernmost point of the race. We were 1:08 ahead of three hour pace at the half. Time for another gel and #paininventory. It was now starting to feel like my third marathon in 30 days... (See next post)
#bemonumental #9 #bq #sub3 #marathoner #marathoning #3in30 #racephoto #runningpics #firsthalf