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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.


The Best of #BeMonumental

January 27, 2015

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by Rhiannon Johns

As much as we try to bring you exciting, worthwhile content on our social media channels, the true stars of the show are YOU. This week we take a brief moment to highlight a few of our favorite posts, videos, ideas, and stories that you've so graciously shared with us by posting on our facebook page and by using the #BeMonumental hashtag. The Monumental Training Tab L... [ read more ]

Staying Monumental

January 20, 2015

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by Steve Gilbert

Editor's Note: Steve Gilbert was featured as a Monumental Story in 2013. On June 18th, 2004, Steve Gilbert was diagnosed in the early stage of aggressive prostate cancer. Later that year he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. For a short video that shares part of his story to health, click here. People often have an analogy that relates to their outlook on their lives. Ye... [ read more ]

Top 5 Ways to Get Out the Door

January 12, 2015

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by Rhiannon Johns

In the first part of my running career I was lucky to be part of either a high school or college team, where a group of competitive, dedicated people came together to run faster. Just ... One ... Mile This meant that I had the added benefit of obligatory runs, weight training, cross training and injury prevention. Since moving to a post-collegiate running career and ... [ read more ]

Top 5 Reasons to Train with a Running Group

January 5, 2015

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by Trena Roudebush

Whether you're just starting out as a runner (or a run/walker or a walker), chasing a new distance or eyeing a personal best, training with a group may be the 'get there faster' answer you've been looking for. Here are a few reasons why:. Groups help motivate and hold you accountable. Training with a group can help you get into a routine of running. Knowing that someon... [ read more ]

Downtown Indy's New Year's Eve Celebration
Seven Reasons You Can't Miss This Event

December 30, 2014

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by Amanda Dorman

Celebrate New Year's Eve Indy style. When most cities have the traditional "ball drop," we will be counting down to 2015 with a suspended IndyCar hoisted high above the crowd. Here are the top seven reasons you want to come to Downtown Indy's New Year's Eve Celebration brought to you by The Union Construction Industry. A suspended IndyCar hoisted high above the crow... [ read more ]

A Holiday Reflection

December 23, 2014

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by Blake Boldon

More than seven weeks have quickly flown by since the 2014 Indianapolis Monumental Marathon and the holidays are suddenly here. Thanksgiving came and went, the USA Track & Field Annual Meeting moved our sport forward for another year, our Monumental Appreciation Celebration flew by and somehow company holiday parties are behind us, all with time seemingly standing sti... [ read more ]

Healthy Holidays

December 16, 2014

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by Jackie Dikos

What runner wants feel like they "can't" do just about anything. After all, most runners strive for personal bests, adventurous new running routes, and the thrill of successful racing. The word "can't" doesn't fit very well in a runner's vocabulary. Is holiday eating any different? Once told to avoid the creamy appetizers and sugar-laden dessert do instinctive perf... [ read more ]

Blog of the Month : Winter Running

December 9, 2014

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by Mark Davidhizar

( Part 2 ) Read Part One Here Last week I wrote about what to wear while running in the brutal elements of winter. Soon after that, Northern Indiana has been hit hard. We have seen lake affect snow and record low temps. This morning was -7 with the wind chills (20+ mph winds). Hopefully everyone has been able to keep warm on their morning runs. Here are some other suggestions... [ read more ]

Board Spotlight :The Monumental & Elites

December 2, 2014

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by Jon Little, IMM President

It is true, winning a race is not unique; every race has a winner after all. However, there is still going to be only one winner of each race and running faster than 7,000 (half) or 4,000 (full) other runners is an amazing accomplishment that took literally tens of thousands of miles and years of training and sacrifice; this preparation should never be minimized. As a ... [ read more ]

Top Gifts for Runners

November 25, 2014

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by Noah Droddy

Plummeting temperatures and premature Christmas music at the mall can only mean one thing: the holiday gift-giving season is ramping up in Indiana. Our home state has an impressive and expanding array of events from 5k's to marathons allowing Hoosiers to get out and improve their fitness and test their limits. With the popularity of events like the Monumental Marathon... [ read more ]

The Courage to Start

November 18, 2014

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by Mary Graham

The good news is I'm almost thawed out from the Monumental 5k. But the cold, the wind, the frozen face, it was all worth it once the race started and we were off. This weekend I got to watch from the sidewalk as men and women from across the country took their first steps toward 13.1 or 26.2 miles. It gives me chills everytime I see a race start, no matter what the temperature... [ read more ]

Blog of the Month :
Monumental Recap

November 11, 2014

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by Sara Joyner

Editor's Note: Sara Joyner is our featured "Blog of the Month" for November. These blogs are submitted by runners training for the 2014 IMM, and are unedited. To read more of Sara's blog, click here. One week ago, I ran my fourth half marathon of the year. As I shared in my 2014 Goals post, I had two running goals for this year. First, to run a half in under 1:50. That one didn... [ read more ]

World Records, Course Records and the Stories In Between

November 5, 2014

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by Laura Neidig

One thing's for sure: It would have been easier for me to run the race on Saturday rather than cover it. As Marketing Liaison with the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon, my task on race day was to help coordinate media, work with our video producer Jet, and cover the Monumental Kids and Kids Fun Run on social media. I was at Victory Field by 5am. I headed to the convention cente... [ read more ]

How to Use a Pace Group

October 28, 2014

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by Matt Ebersole

There is no rule that states you must start or even finish with your chosen pace group. Use it for the part of the race you need it. You might just need help holding back the first couple of miles or need someone to chase and pass towards the end of the race. If the effort feels right keep putting miles in the bank and stay there until you are confident you have eno... [ read more ]

Share Your Streets with Us on November 1st

October 22, 2014

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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 ]

Make It a Monumental Run

October 15, 2014

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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 ]

A Running Foundation :
Back on My Feet Indianapolis

October 9, 2014

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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 ]

Blog of the Month :
Four Weeks to Go!

October 6, 2014

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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. Four weeks. 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 ]

Perfect Marathon Pacing

September 30, 2014

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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 ]