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.
April 25, 2016
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 ]
April 18, 2016
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 ]
April 12, 2016
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 ]
April 4, 2016
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 ]
March 28, 2016
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 ]
March 21, 2016
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 ]
February 4, 2016
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 ]
January 28, 2016
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 ]
January 21, 2016
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 ]
January 11, 2016
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 ]
December 21, 2015
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 ]
December 12, 2015
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 ]
December 3, 2015
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 ]
October 28, 2015
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 ]
October 19, 2015
by Brandi Wolf www.javaandsole.com
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 ]