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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.

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 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 ]


Running Heroes

October 19, 2015

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by Blake Boldon, IMM Executive Director

This weekend I ran the 20th edition of the Indianapolis Marathon and along the way I found a hero. Like the hundreds of Monumental registrants who have downgraded from the full to the half marathon over the last few weeks, my training was less than ideal. However, since 2015 was the final running of this wonderful event, I knew that I'd regret not taking a shot at finishing it. I was one of thous... [ read more ]


Live Your Film at Monumental

October 8, 2015

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by Holly Wheeler, Team Film

Not many runners can say they can have their own seriously fun cheering section during a marathon, but Team Film girls can. When I ran Monumental, not only did I have the pleasure of running next to my buddy Casey for half of the course, but I also had the excitement of finishing with a crowd of Team Filmers. It's pretty sweet to see faces and hear voices of some crazy women when you cros... [ read more ]


Four Reasons to Run From B.A.R.A. Runners!

September 29, 2015

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by Miranda Addonizio

Bloomington Area Runners Association (BARA) has been around, in one form or another, for nearly as long as Monumental. Whether we're supporting, volunteering, or racing, many of us anticipate Monumental every year as a great race to gather and celebrate our own achievements and those of some of our dearest friends. Our reasons to run are as varied as our members. Long-time member Erin Hazler put i... [ read more ]


The 2015 Indianapolis Monumental Marathon, Half Marathon and 5k Medals are in!

September 22, 2015

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by Rhi Johns

The 2015 Medals are In! 2015 IMM Medals 2015 IMM Full Marathon Medal 2015 IMM Half Marathon Medal 2015 IMM 5k Medal Once again we've created a stunning, three dimensional, high relief medal featuring one of the Monuments on our race course. Last year we featured the War Memorial, which sits in mile 26 of the course. This year we're featuring the Veterans Memo... [ read more ]


Tri State Running

September 17, 2015

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by Paul Long

When the Tri State Running Company started its first training group for the Flying Pig Marathon back in 2011, we had a mere 34 participants. Our coaches may have had a bit of running experience. We had an elementary schedule. Basically, we put out a bucket of water, and told people to run there and back. Since then, our growth has mirrored the popularity of running across the country. We ... [ read more ]


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 eliminated three tu... [ read more ]


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