The Monumental Marathon Blog will be hosting content from a wide range of authors. We have lined up posts from our staff, elite athletes, and prominent community members. We want this blog to be a source of insightful information about running, Indianapolis, and our event as a whole.
October 22, 2014
by Blake Boldon, Executive Director
Our race belongs to and thrives in the heart of Indianapolis. We continue to grow and bring more participants to the welcoming hospitality of the city with each passing year. Our course highlights much of what is great about Indianapolis, hitting many landmarks and neighborhoods. As an organization we're aware that some of our road closures can cause headaches for o... [ read more ]
October 15, 2014
by Chris Gahl
I've completed 10 half marathons in my 36 years of life and one full, the Honolulu Marathon in December of 2001. The gorgeous course takes participants up volcanic topography and winds along the ocean, with gusts of trade winds either cooling you off or painfully pushing against you.
Yet, no matter the course, time of year, or distance, I love to run. It's my stress relief. It... [ read more ]
October 9, 2014
by Liz Valch
Meet Lucas; he is one of the many individuals involved with Back on My Feet Indianapolis (BoMF). BoMF is a non-profit organization that uses running to empower those experiencing homelessness to make a real change in their lives. Lucas is a testament to the BoMF mission.
Residents track mileage and when they hit certain milestones, they receive incentives. Here, Lucas r... [ read more ]
October 6, 2014
by Jackson Miller
Editor's Note: Jackson Miller is our featured "Blog of the Month" for October. These blogs are submitted by runners training for the 2014 IMM, and are unedited. The 2014 IMM will be Jackson's fifth marathon. To read more of his blog, click here.
In four weeks we will find ourselves 26.2 miles away from completing a journey that we started many weeks ago. We will s... [ read more ]
September 30, 2014
by Mark Hadley
An important key to running your best possible marathon performance comes right at the very start of the race. How you pace your first couple of miles can set the tone metabolically for the rest of the race.
Recent scientific studies and analysis suggest that how we pace the first couple of miles in a marathon can play a large role in what rate our body's burn energy during mu... [ read more ]
September 25, 2014
by Sola Adelowo
I am an entrepreneur and founder of ImageCube. With that comes a constant pressure to be "on" and work on my business at all times. I love what I do. I work with professionals as an image consultant to help them look appropriate & attractive. I want them to look and feel fabulous. I realized in the midst of missed weekends and late nights, I have to take care of me. T... [ read more ]
September 23, 2014
by Mike Fremont
I ran marathons from 1971 to 2012, the last setting a new World Single-Age Record for age 90. Who could coach a 90-year old? Who could doctor one? Who knows anything about what elderly athletes need - to live that long, and even get to the starting line? (These are prerequisites!)
And what should we eat in training, before, during and after a race, how much, what s... [ read more ]
September 16, 2014
by Katherine Coble
In one of the first conversations we ever had, my now-husband once asked me if I ran. "Only if something is chasing me," I laughed. Today, nothing's chasing me, but I regularly log dozens of miles a week, and I just completed my eighth half-marathon a few weeks ago.
So what changed? I guess you could say I got inspired - on a number of levels.
First, I got lovingly dragged onto... [ read more ]
September 11, 2014
by Kristy Busack
After running my first marathon at the Chicago Marathon, where I could not sleep in my own bed, and had to endure what ended up being the hottest race day on record, I decided I would need a much greater cause to run the marathon distance again. This "cause" must be how runners get through it. Well, two years later I decided to brave my second marathon, which was the beginnin... [ read more ]
September 8, 2014
by JoAnna Kai Cobb
Editor's Note: JoAnna Kai Cobb is the first of our featured "Blogs of the Month" submitted by runners training for the 2014 IMM. We know that all of our athletes are Monumental and love to share their stories. Jo Anna is a middle school math teacher, discovering the curative, competitive and social benefits of running while training for her second Monumental. To read more o... [ read more ]
September 2, 2014
by Casey Collins
When I began working for the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon, in August of 2012, the Monumental Kids Movement was a dream. It was an idea that IMM Executive Director, Blake Boldon, and myself would discuss from time to time in the few short weeks we had been in Indianapolis. The big question was: where do we get started? Luckily, that answer came when former Indianap... [ read more ]
August 26, 2014
by Alana Hadley
I am absolutely sooooo excited to say that I have an opportunity with the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon (IMM) to help raise money for the Autism Society of Indiana (ASI)!! I have always wanted to use my running as a way to help raise awareness and provide resources for those with autism. My little sister Rose has autism herself, so being able to help others is just amazing... [ read more ]
August 18, 2014
by Rhiannon Johns
Welcome to the first "Monumental Blog" post! We hope to make this one of the standout features on our website. I'm your Marketing and Communications Coordinator - Rhi Johns - and I'll be in running the show in the editorial sense; but since I don't expect to keep you as a captive audience indefinitely, we'll be hosting content from a wide range of authors. We've already line... [ read more ]