|photo by Kathy Helmond|
My Monumental History
I was not planning to run this year's Monumental. I had such bad memories of the 2012 race that I didn't want to repeat it, even though I know how to layer and breathe in the cold now. Although most of the ladies in my fall training program were training for one of the Monumental races, I said after the Hendricks County Half Marathon in September that I was just going to take it easy until mid-November, when it would be time to start training again.
A Monumental Opportunity
|photo by Jeanette DeBruhl|
The weather forecast was calling for a very cold and windy day, but at least it was supposed to be dry. I ended up lining up near the very back. Since the half and full marathons start together, I meant to get with the 2:45 half/5:30 marathon pace group, but I ended up back behind the 6:30 group. That wasn't such a bad thing, though, as it kept me from going out too fast.
A New PR!
|prerace photo by Lindsey Hein|
I have two more fun 5Ks to round out the year: the Gobble Gallop on Thanksgiving, and the Santa Hustle on December 21. If you are in the Indy area and looking for a Thanksgiving alternative to the huge and crowded Drumstick Dash, I highly recommend the Gobble Gallop at the Avon YMCA. I ran it last year, and the race shirt remains one of my favorites. And if you are planning to do the Santa Hustle, use discount code TERHAZELIN to save $5 when you sign up.