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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.


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 ]

No Shortcuts : Balancing Goals as an Entrepreneur

September 25, 2014

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by Sola Adelowo

I am an entrepreneur and founder of ImageCube. With that comes a constant pressure to be "on" and work on my business at all times. I love what I do. I work with professionals as an image consultant to help them look appropriate & attractive. I want them to look and feel fabulous. I realized in the midst of missed weekends and late nights, I have to take care of me. T... [ read more ]

Marathoners, Doctors, Diets, Health and Columnists

September 23, 2014

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by Mike Fremont

I ran marathons from 1971 to 2012, the last setting a new World Single-Age Record for age 90. Who could coach a 90-year old? Who could doctor one? Who knows anything about what elderly athletes need - to live that long, and even get to the starting line? (These are prerequisites!) And what should we eat in training, before, during and after a race, how much, what s... [ read more ]

Board Member Spotlight :
What Inspires Your Running Journey?

September 16, 2014

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by Katherine Coble

In one of the first conversations we ever had, my now-husband once asked me if I ran. "Only if something is chasing me," I laughed. Today, nothing's chasing me, but I regularly log dozens of miles a week, and I just completed my eighth half-marathon a few weeks ago. So what changed? I guess you could say I got inspired - on a number of levels. First, I got lovingly dragged onto... [ read more ]

Team Film : How to Run for Your Cause

September 11, 2014

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by Kristy Busack

After running my first marathon at the Chicago Marathon, where I could not sleep in my own bed, and had to endure what ended up being the hottest race day on record, I decided I would need a much greater cause to run the marathon distance again. This "cause" must be how runners get through it. Well, two years later I decided to brave my second marathon, which was the beginnin... [ read more ]

Blog of the Month :
3 Reasons to Be Monumental

September 8, 2014

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by JoAnna Kai Cobb

Editor's Note: JoAnna Kai Cobb is the first of our featured "Blogs of the Month" submitted by runners training for the 2014 IMM. We know that all of our athletes are Monumental and love to share their stories. Jo Anna is a middle school math teacher, discovering the curative, competitive and social benefits of running while training for her second Monumental. To read more o... [ read more ]

Monumental Moments :
Growth & Success of Monumental Kids Movement

September 2, 2014

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by Casey Collins

When I began working for the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon, in August of 2012, the Monumental Kids Movement was a dream. It was an idea that IMM Executive Director, Blake Boldon, and myself would discuss from time to time in the few short weeks we had been in Indianapolis. The big question was: where do we get started? Luckily, that answer came when former Indianap... [ read more ]