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.
February 24, 2015
by Sarah Eutsler, Teacher's Treasures
What were your favorite school supplies?
Chances are, you have a fond memory of that fresh box of crayons, the crisp pages of a blank notebook, a fancy new Trapper Keeper in your favorite color.
Supplies played a big role in your school day, getting you from kindergarten to cap and gown. And there's a good chance you had easy access to them.
Every day, thousands of Ma... [ read more ]
February 19, 2015
by IMM Staff
On Wednesday night, three of the IMM Staff members were treated to a special early screening of the upcoming Disney Movie, "McFarland, USA" (courteously invited by Indiana Invaders). The movie stars Kevin Costner as Jim White - a newcomer to a predominantly Latino high school where he brings together an unlikely group of students to form the school's first cross countr... [ read more ]
February 17, 2015
by Karl Zemlin
I have participated in the Monumental Marathon for several years, but not as a runner. I'm one of the camera-toting folks wearing a bright yellow vest. We're out on the course getting photos that let you cherish your amazing accomplishment. For the 2013 and 2014 races I've been up in the lift at mile 7 - right before the half marathon route splits from the full marathon. Ma... [ read more ]
February 10, 2015
by Andrew Staroska
Ahhhh training season. A blessing and a curse this time of year. While I'm glad to be back on a training plan and following the set schedule, there are some things I have to work to overcome. First and foremost is upping my miles. I was running around 15-20 miles a week for the last few weeks during the crappy and cold weather I've been dealing with. Simply put this won't cut i... [ read more ]
February 3, 2015
by Laura Neidig
Very few runners can state with any clarity why they run.
Motivation is different for everyone. I've found, in my decades of running, that my own motivation has changed through the years. Here's why I started, why I'm still at it, and a few years in between:
When my soon-to-be high school Cross Country coach came over to my middle school to recruit runners,... [ read more ]
January 27, 2015
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 ]
January 20, 2015
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 ]
January 12, 2015
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 ]
January 5, 2015
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 ]
December 30, 2014
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 ]
December 23, 2014
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 ]
December 16, 2014
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 ]
December 9, 2014
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 ]
December 2, 2014
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 ]
November 25, 2014
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 ]