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.

Four Reasons to Come and Visit us This Weekend!

April 25, 2016

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by Rhi Johns

Spring marathons are in full swing and we’ll be at a few of our favorite regional races over the next two weekends. We hope to see you there! Here a few great reasons to stop by our booth: 1) Did we mention there's a discount? We'll be taking registrations at a discounted price for all three of our events: - Indianapolis Monumental Marathon, Half Marathon & 5k - Indianapolis Half ... [ read more ]

Ten Reasons to Party Like a (Literary) Rock Star at Night of Vonnegut 2016

April 18, 2016

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by Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library

10. Bid on fabulous items like a one-on-one coffee date with legendary author Tim O'Brien, a Vonnegut-themed private tour on the Handle Bar, a Hotel Tango sampler pack, and even a romantic getaway in the woods-- that you don't have to plan-- at our silent auction! 9. Get inspired! Kurt Vonnegut wrote, "To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it... [ read more ]

5 Great Podcasts for Your Long Run

April 12, 2016

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by Rhi Johns

About a year and a half ago, I discovered Podcasts. I enjoy running with them for a number of reasons: 1. Actively listening to spoken word rather than passively listening to music really passes the miles. 2. I have great conversation starters when I get home. 3. I feel like I'm actually learning while running! Here are a few of my favorites: 1. Science Friday - Want to keep up... [ read more ]

10 Ways to be an Endurance Junkie (without going overboard)

April 4, 2016

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by Rose Scovel

Hi! My name is Rose and I'm an endurance junkie. But, I also (mostly) know where to draw the line – which is a different line for everyone. I don't run farther than the finish line of a marathon. Granted, I am training to do a marathon after I've ridden a bike 112 miles and swam 2.4 miles, but that's still drawing the line at 26.2 (+/-) miles. I got hooked on half marathons about 6 months af... [ read more ]

5 Must-Reads for Runners with No Time to Read

March 28, 2016

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by Trena Roudebush

Onward!: The absolute, no b.s., raw, ridiculous, soul-stirring truth about running your first marathon (Brook Kreder) If you ever wished you could listen in on the thoughts of someone training for a first marathon, this is the book for you. Onward! is straight from the author's blog and doesn't miss an opportunity to tell it like it is. Brook leaves you feeling i... [ read more ]

5 Things Only Your Runner Friends Know About You

March 21, 2016

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by Judy Hasselkus

In this presidential election year, we're bombarded by opinions, opinion polls, pollsters, and poll results. What we clearly need is another poll, right? Clearly. So, I offer the results of my own completely scientific running poll, a one-question survey administered to a totally valid and reliable sample of runner friends. The question? What do only your runner friends know about you? See i... [ read more ]

Guest Blog : 2k Tune up and a Reflection on Necessities

February 4, 2016

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by Anna Weber

Editor's Note: Anna Weber is an elite marathoner living and training in Indianapolis. After setting her sights on the Olympic Trials, she qualified with a 2:38:39 at the Twin Cities Marathon this past October. She is set to compete in the Olympic Trials in Los Angeles on February 13. You can follow her blog and learn more here. Taper workout #1: complete! Taper tune ups are always a crap shoot... [ read more ]

Guest Blog : Why I Don't Go Streaking

January 28, 2016

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by Mark Davidhizar

Disclaimer: this is all personal preference, do what you want and what your own body can handle. The world's definition of streaking: Streaking is the act of running naked through a public place as a prank, a dare or an act of protest. It is often associated with sporting events but can occur in more secluded areas. It usually involves running quickly which also reflects the original meaning of t... [ read more ]

"It's A Filthy Liar!" and 4 Other Reasons to Give your GPS the Day Off

January 21, 2016

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by Rhi Johns

I'll admit it - I used to swear by my GPS. Every day, every run, every mile, to the point where it was driving me more than a little crazy (crazier). I've since learned that sometimes, that computer on your wrist is taking more energy than it's giving back. Here are a few reasons why to just leave the darn thing at home. 1. It's a Filthy Liar If I went by my GPS, the last half marathon I ra... [ read more ]

6 Tips for Winter Running

January 11, 2016

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by Rhi Johns

The best defense, is a good defense. 1. Tuck Everything In to Everything Else For the real, real cold, tucking your shirt into your tights/pants is your best defense against the cold – but don't stop there! Make sure the tops of your socks reach the bottom of your tights and that your MITTENS (see below) reach your shirt. For an extra way to defy winter, wear your watch over your ... [ read more ]

8 Holiday Songs, If They Were Written By Runners

December 21, 2015

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by Rhi Johns

It's the holidays! Everywhere you go, you're likely hearing rendition after rendition of various classic holiday tunes - which got me to thinking, "Hey, what if runners wrote these?" So, in the spirit of the season, here is what we'd be listening to if classic Christmas songs were written by runners: ... [ read more ]

Athletic Annex Gift Guide for Runners

December 12, 2015

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by Lindsey Hein

These are a few of our favorite things! Stance Socks: $18 These socks are so amazing. Not only are they super hip, they're comfortable and functional. This is a great stocking stuffer or a great gift all by itself. Smart Wool Hats: $28 When temperatures start to dip, these hats are perfect for helping stay just the right amount of warm while you're running around. Saucony L... [ read more ]

In Pursuit of Cookies

December 3, 2015

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by Dennis Branson

I'm 55 years old and have been running since my early 20s. I'm also a sugar addict: My typical post-run snack is a 44-ounce Dr. Pepper and cookies or donuts. I ran three marathons before the age of 25, with a P.R. of 3:11, but decided that marathons just weren't my thing and swore I'd never run another one. Last year, after my son moved to Boston, I changed my mind and decided to try to qualify fo... [ read more ]

The Taper ... Is On!

October 28, 2015

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by Lesly Stoeffler, Perseverance Pack Coordinator

Perseverance Pack Strategies for: Planning the Perfect Taper I hope most of you have been training with someone who has run either the half or full marathon distance you are preparing for. I know that for many of you, this "isn't your first rodeo" however; sometimes it is in the familiarity that we fail to plan for these last two weeks before our race. We've been training all summer and now it ... [ read more ]

Running in the Family

October 19, 2015

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by Brandi Wolf

It's funny how this "running thing" (which is what I called it when I first started running 5 years ago) began as a reason to get out of the house when my youngest was born and escape the responsibilities of three babies under 4 for thirty minutes a few times a week ... and has morphed into a fabulously fun way to spend time with my kids! Last year, our first 5K as a family gave us the o... [ read more ]


2016 04 25 Four Reasons to Come and Visit Us at a 2016 Expo
2016 04 18 10 Reasons to Party
2016 04 12 5 Great Podcasts for Your Long Run
2016 04 04 10 Ways
2016 03 28 5 Must Reads
2016 03 21 5 Things
2016 02 04 Guest Blog 2k Tune Up
2016 01 28 Guest Blog Why I Dont Go Streaking
2016 01 21 Its a Filthy Liar
2016 01 11 6 Tips for Winter Running
2015 12 21 8 Holiday Songs
2015 12 12 Athletic Annex Guide for Runners
2015 12 03 In Pursuit of Cookies
2015 10 28 The Taper Is On
2015 10 19 Running in the Family
2015 10 19 Running Heroes
2015 10 08 Live Your Film
2015 09 29 Four Reasons BARA
2015 09 22 Medals Revealed
2015 09 17 Tri State Running
2015 08 27 Course Maps for 2015 Revealed
2015 08 18 Hashtag Contest IMMonumental
2015 08 11 Franciscan St Francis Training Tips Series 4 Dynamic Stretching
2015 07 28 Franciscan St Francis Training Tips Series 3 Rehydration After Exercise
2015 07 21 Introducing the USA Today Sports Active Alliance
2015 07 16 Franciscan St Francis Training Tips Series 2 Pre Exercise Hydration
2015 07 09 Training Blog of the Month
2015 07 01 Franciscan St Francis Training Tips Series 1 Hydration
2015 06 23 The Production Puzzle
2015 06 16 Best of BeMonumental Vol3
2015 06 09 Putting the Monumental in the Monumental Marathon
2015 06 02 Who To Watch at the Monumenta Mile
2015 05 26 Top 5 Reasons to Run Only One Mile
2015 05 19 Blog of the Month Perry Hovermale
2015 05 12 5 Best Biking Events You Cant Miss
2015 05 05 Finding My Way to Being Monumental
2015 04 28 Four Reasons to Come and Visit Us This Weekend
2015 04 14 Best of BeMonumental Vol.2
2015 04 08 Top 7 Reasons to Volunteer
2015 03 31 top 5 reasons to practice
2015 03 24 Best Races Indy Part2
2015 03 19 Best Races Indy Part1
2015 03 10 Blog of the Month Accidental Inspiration
2015 03 03 fund racing
2015 02 24 Teachers Treasures
2015 02 19 McFarland
2015 02 17 A Marathon Through the Lens
2015 02 10 Kicking Off the Training Season
2015 02 03 I Hated Running
2015 01 27 Best of BeMonumental
2015 01 20 Staying Monumental
2015 01 15 Top 5 Ways to Get Out the Door
2015 01 05 Top 5 Reasons to Train with a Running Group
2014 12 30 New Years Eve Celebration
2014 12 23 A Holiday Reflection
2014 12 16 Healthy Holidays
2014 12 09 Blog of the Month Winter Running
2014 12 02 Board Spotlight the Monumental Elites
2014 11 25 Top Gifts for Runners
2014 11 18 The Courage to Start
2014 11 11 Blog of the Month Monumental Recap
2014 11 05 World Records Course Records Stories in Between
2014 10 28 How to Use a Pace Group
2014 10 22 Share Your Streets
2014 10 15 Make It a Monumental Run
2014 10 09 A Running Foundation BOMF
2014 10 06 Blog of the Month Four Weeks to Go
2014 09 30 Perfect Marathon Pacing
2014 09 25 No Shortcuts Balancing Goals as an Entrepreneur
2014 09 23 Marathoners Doctors Diets Health Columnists
2014 09 16 Board Member Spotlight What Inspires Your Running Journey
2014 09 11 Team Film How to Run for Your Cause
2014 09 08 Blog of the Month 3 Reasons to Be Monumental
2014 09 02 Monumental Moments Growth Success of Monumental Kids Movement
2014 08 26 My Extra Motivation
2014 08 18 Learning Indy on Two Feet


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