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.

Course Maps for 2015 Revealed!

August 27, 2015

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by Rhi Johns

We've made a few changes to our course this year to make them faster and more runner-friendly! Early Miles : Straighter = Faster The race will now start on the corner of Washington and Capitol, and head directly south. Like all events our size, as we continue to grow the possibility of congestion in the early miles can be a concern. The changes to the course have... [ read more ]

Hashtag Contest : #IMMonumental

August 18, 2015

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by Rhi Johns

Have you heard about our current Instagram contest? If you haven't checked it out yet - do a quick search on Instagram! We've had a ton of great entries and we're having a great time witnessing all of your training accomplishments! Why "IMMonumental"? Let's be clear, we still love our #BeMonumental hashtag. Keep using it too! But with #IMMonumental ... [ read more ]

Franciscan St Francis Training Tips Series #4: Dynamic Stretching

August 11, 2015

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by Franciscan St Francis

Physiological reasons for a warmup The main physiological reasons for a warmup include: To increase the core temperature at least by one or two degrees Celsius To increase heart rate and blood flow to skeletal tissues which improves the efficiency of oxygen uptake and transport, carbon dioxide removal and removal/breakdown of anaerobic byproducts To increase the activation... [ read more ]

Franciscan St Francis Training Tips Series #3: Rehydration After Exercise

July 28, 2015

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by Franciscan St Francis

Rehydration After Exercise Everyone knows it is important to rehydrate following exercise. But, just how much is sufficient and what types of liquids should be ingested? After exercise, the ultimate goal is to replace fluids the body has lost. The level of intensity in which you chose to rehydrate, should be based on the time frame before your next event or workout. The BEST w... [ read more ]

Introducing the USA Today Sports Active Alliance

July 21, 2015

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by Rhi Johns

The Indianapolis Monumental Marathon is excited to announce their inclusion in the launch of USA Today's Active Alliance! Did you get your copy of USA Today this morning? We're excited to be included in this network of "the country's finest independent marathons and half marathons". Blake Boldon, Executive Director of the IMM, said, "When Carlton Ray founded the Indi... [ read more ]

Franciscan St Francis Training Tips Series #2: Pre-Exercise Hydration

July 16, 2015

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by Franciscan St Francis

Pre-Hydration Guidelines St. Francis Sports Medicine has created pre-event hydration guidelines to keep your body hydrated. These guidelines are based on average day, adequate hydration, as well as the consumption of 64 oz. of fluid. 1. Water - Gatorade is not necessary for pre-event hydration. Electrolytes have not been lost, so there is no need to replace them. There is no... [ read more ]

Training Blog of the Month

July 9, 2015

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by Jenny Wimbley

Monumental Training Week 5 Well hello, hello! Week 5 is in the books! It was definitely a rough week. I had two 5+ mile runs before work. Not something I'm used to doing. Usually, I would run 3-4 miles tops before work. That won't work for marathon training. Monday is track day. This week, Lynnae had me complete a 6 X 400, 1:2 recovery, with a 2 mile warm up, and 1 mi... [ read more ]

Franciscan St Francis Training Tips Series #1: Hydration

July 1, 2015

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by Franciscan St Francis

St. Francis Sports Medicine physicians recommend keeping your body hydrated while maintaining your body weight. Maintaining proper hydration levels is a key step in receiving and keeping complete hydration. To maintain appropriate hydration levels: - Keep morning body weight near normal baseline - Drink adequate fluid intake - Check urine color to make sure it is pale ... [ read more ]

The Production Puzzle

June 23, 2015

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by Laura Neidig

Producing a great video is a lot like putting a puzzle together. There are quite a few pieces, but if they all fit together perfectly, you can create something stunning. "Because I Can" hit the mark. The 5-min video produced with footage shot at the 2013 Indianapolis Monumental Marathon (IMM) had the right cast of characters, a talented cinematographer, a compelling story line ... [ read more ]

Best of #BeMonumental, Volume 3 (#MonumentalMile Edition)

June 16, 2015

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by Rhi Johns

The Monumental Mile took place in downtown Indy on Thursday, June 4. Records were set, PRs were demolished, and donations were made to local public education! As usual however, our favorite moments of the evening come from our participants. You did a great job of sharing your #MonumentalMoments on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram - we've highlighted some below: ... [ read more ]

Putting the "Monumental" in the Monumental Marathon

June 9, 2015

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by Caroline Burnet

In the Oxford Dictionary, "monumental" is an adjective defined as "great in importance, extent, or size". The Indianapolis Monumental Marathon therefore seems aptly named, and not just because it passes by Monument Circle. Monumental Preparation: Preparing for a marathon involves a massive investment in time and energy. Take the couple of hours I spend each day running, add t... [ read more ]

Who to watch at the Monumental Mile

June 2, 2015

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by Rhi Johns

After your race at the Monumental Mile on Thursday, be sure to stick around and to watch the elite races! With a $2000 prize purse, and additional time bonuses of $1000 for sub 4:00.00 (men) and sub 4:30.00 (women), we've got a lineup of locally based elites that are set to run very, very fast. Frezer Legesse Returning Champion Frezer Legesse boasts a lifetime best o... [ read more ]

Top 5 Reasons to Run (only!) One Mile

May 26, 2015

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by Rose Scovel

I am a distance runner. I didn't start running until I was 32 and started racing with a 3 mile race. I have trained for, and run, three full marathons and 48 half marathons in the past seven years. Why would I race only one mile? While I admire track meets and like watching them on TV and recently attended one night of the Drake Relays live, I still sometimes think... [ read more ]

Blog of the Month :
Perry Hovermale

May 19, 2015

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by Perry Hovermale

Editor's Note: Perry Hovermale is our featured blogger with a twist - he keeps a video blog. You can check out his Monumental Marathon 2014 video blog here. His story is below. If you would like to be a featured blog of the month, e-mail rhi.johns@monumentalmarathon.com! In the spring of 2009 I was overweight (weighing 250 lbs), and extremely unhealthy. I was a commu... [ read more ]

5 Best Biking Events You Can't Miss

May 12, 2015

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by Carole Terry

Editor's Note: Our friends at the Indy Star recently published: "Top 10 biking events of the summer". Here's another perspective from Central Indiana Bicycling Association (CIBA) president, Carole Terry. May is Bike Month! And the mission of Central Indiana Bicycling Association (CIBA) is to provide opportunities for bicyclists of all ages and abilities to ride their b... [ read more ]



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