The CNO Financial Indianapolis 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.

Monumental Story Update: And the Beat Goes On

August 18, 2016

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by Steve Gilbert

"AND THE BEAT GOES ON" (Sonny and Cher, not Britney. I'm 71.) Watch Steve's Monumental Story It started in 1979, got shelved in 1984, rekindled in 2010, caught fire while training for the 2011 Monumental Marathon, has been side-tracked briefly due to injuries or health, following each recovery growing in both hope and fulfillment, through better days and not so good days, through random e... [ read more ]

Olympic Athletes with Indiana Ties

August 5, 2016

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The Olympics are here! Below is a list of athletes competing who have Indiana ties. Athletes with Indiana ties who will compete at Rio Olympics. Opening ceremony is Aug. 5. UNITED STATES Basketball Tamika Catchings - Indiana Fever Paul George – Indiana Pacers Cycling Chloe Dygert - Hometown: Brownsburg Diving David Boudia - Hometown: Noblesville Amy Cozad -Hom... [ read more ]

Training Through the Ridiculous

July 25, 2016

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by Matt Ebersole

Now that the weather has all of our attention, here are a few tips to help you survive the remaining high heat index days. 1) When a warmup is needed, keep it to the minimum required to be prepared for the workout. Typically, we like to front load the days' mileage in the WU, but in these conditions it is taking away from the workout effectiveness. 2) As we do on race day, let's think of... [ read more ]

5 Great things about a Running Injury ... Seriously

July 19, 2016

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by Rhi Johns

If you run long enough, it's going to happen. The dreaded, horrible, slam-your-head-against-a-wall injury. If you're like 99% of runners it will go something like this: Start Running Do all the right things to prevent injuries Assume you're invincible because you're not injured Stop doing "all the right things" Realize you're not invincible. Oops. A sidelining injury can be devastati... [ read more ]

8 Questions about Your Training Program

July 12, 2016

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by Matt Ebersole

This just in: If you're registered for the CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental Marathon, Half Marathon, or 5k before Sunday, July 17 at 11:59 pm you will get exclusive access to our Monumental Training plans! These plans are created by Elite Athlete Coordinator Matt Ebersole. Matt Ebersole is the founder & coach of Personal Best Training. Matt has coached over 7,000 athletes since 1991. Coach ... [ read more ]

Why to Sign Up Early for a Fall Race

June 30, 2016

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by Rhi Johns

Prices for the CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental Marathon, Half Marathon, 5k and Kids Fun Run go up TONIGHT! Still on the fence? Here are 5 quick reasons why registering early is your best bet for fall success: 1) Weather Changes = Instant fitness! Is that a long sleeve shirt?! Summers are hot. Running in them can be tough. When you're signed up for a fall race though, your sum... [ read more ]

Best of #BeMonumental Again

June 14, 2016

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by Rhi Johns

Summer is heating up and so is the traffic on the #BeMonumental hashtag! Today we're sharing a few of our favorites. Keep us posted with your training, racing, and running excitement by joining the @IndyMonumental social community by tagging your posts too! 1. @crystalwjones Shared many photos from the #MonumentalMile 2. Somebody PR'd! Thanks to @jmv323 for sharing this one: 3. The Monument... [ read more ]

12 Reasons to Run One Mile

May 16, 2016

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by Judy Hasselkus

Have an empty space on your bucket list? How about running (or walking) just one mile as fast as you can? Running USA calls one-mile races one of the fastest growing trends in the sport of running, reporting that 100,000+ runners have completed mile races in each of the past three years. There's even a Bring Back the Mile campaign because, as co-founder, Ryan Lampa, told Runner's World in... [ read more ]

5 Tips for Losing Weight and Learning to Love Yourself

May 9, 2016

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by Amanda Brooks

We've all seen those same magazine articles that tout the next quick fix to be your best self, lose those last 10 pounds, run a PR, the list goes on. This blog is not that. My name is Amanda and I'm a runner. It's always strange to identify myself that way because I don't look like your stereotypical runner (though what does she look like anyway?!) and I don't think I'm particularly good at runnin... [ read more ]

IndyPL's Summer Reading Book Bash

May 3, 2016

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by Jon Barnes

IndyPL's Summer Reading Book Bash Celebrating Indiana's 200th Birthday! Children, teens and families are invited to experience the gift of reading and be a part of Indiana's 200th birthday celebration during The Indianapolis Public Library's 2016 Summer Reading Program, "Summer Reading Book Bash," beginning Monday, June 6 and continuing through Saturday, July 30 at all IndyPL location... [ read more ]

Four Reasons to Come and Visit us This Weekend!

April 25, 2016

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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 ]

Ten Reasons to Party Like a (Literary) Rock Star at Night of Vonnegut 2016

April 18, 2016

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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 ]

5 Great Podcasts for Your Long Run

April 12, 2016

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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 ]

10 Ways to be an Endurance Junkie (without going overboard)

April 4, 2016

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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 ]

5 Must-Reads for Runners with No Time to Read

March 28, 2016

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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 ]


2016 08 18 Beat Goes On
2016 08 05 Olympic Athletes with Indiana Ties
2016 07 25 Training Through the Ridiculous
2016 07 19 5 Great Things about a Running Injury
2016 07 12 8 Questions About Your Training Program
2016 06 30 Why to Sign Up Early for a Fall Race
2016 06 14 Best of BeMonumental Again
2016 05 16 12 Reasons to Run One Mile
2016 05 09 5 Tips for Losing Weight
2016 05 03 IndyPLs Summer Reading Book Bash
2016 04 25 Four Reasons to Come and Visit Us at a 2016 Expo
2016 04 18 10 Reasons to Party
2016 04 12 5 Great Podcasts for Your Long Run
2016 04 04 10 Ways
2016 03 28 5 Must Reads
2016 03 21 5 Things
2016 02 04 Guest Blog 2k Tune Up
2016 01 28 Guest Blog Why I Dont Go Streaking
2016 01 21 Its a Filthy Liar
2016 01 11 6 Tips for Winter Running
2015 12 21 8 Holiday Songs
2015 12 12 Athletic Annex Guide for Runners
2015 12 03 In Pursuit of Cookies
2015 10 28 The Taper Is On
2015 10 19 Running in the Family
2015 10 19 Running Heroes
2015 10 08 Live Your Film
2015 09 29 Four Reasons BARA
2015 09 22 Medals Revealed
2015 09 17 Tri State Running
2015 08 27 Course Maps for 2015 Revealed
2015 08 18 Hashtag Contest IMMonumental
2015 08 11 Franciscan St Francis Training Tips Series 4 Dynamic Stretching
2015 07 28 Franciscan St Francis Training Tips Series 3 Rehydration After Exercise
2015 07 21 Introducing the USA Today Sports Active Alliance
2015 07 16 Franciscan St Francis Training Tips Series 2 Pre Exercise Hydration
2015 07 09 Training Blog of the Month
2015 07 01 Franciscan St Francis Training Tips Series 1 Hydration
2015 06 23 The Production Puzzle
2015 06 16 Best of BeMonumental Vol3
2015 06 09 Putting the Monumental in the Monumental Marathon
2015 06 02 Who To Watch at the Monumenta Mile
2015 05 26 Top 5 Reasons to Run Only One Mile
2015 05 19 Blog of the Month Perry Hovermale
2015 05 12 5 Best Biking Events You Cant Miss
2015 05 05 Finding My Way to Being Monumental
2015 04 28 Four Reasons to Come and Visit Us This Weekend
2015 04 14 Best of BeMonumental Vol.2
2015 04 08 Top 7 Reasons to Volunteer
2015 03 31 top 5 reasons to practice
2015 03 24 Best Races Indy Part2
2015 03 19 Best Races Indy Part1
2015 03 10 Blog of the Month Accidental Inspiration
2015 03 03 fund racing
2015 02 24 Teachers Treasures
2015 02 19 McFarland
2015 02 17 A Marathon Through the Lens
2015 02 10 Kicking Off the Training Season
2015 02 03 I Hated Running
2015 01 27 Best of BeMonumental
2015 01 20 Staying Monumental
2015 01 15 Top 5 Ways to Get Out the Door
2015 01 05 Top 5 Reasons to Train with a Running Group
2014 12 30 New Years Eve Celebration
2014 12 23 A Holiday Reflection
2014 12 16 Healthy Holidays
2014 12 09 Blog of the Month Winter Running
2014 12 02 Board Spotlight the Monumental Elites
2014 11 25 Top Gifts for Runners
2014 11 18 The Courage to Start
2014 11 11 Blog of the Month Monumental Recap
2014 11 05 World Records Course Records Stories in Between
2014 10 28 How to Use a Pace Group
2014 10 22 Share Your Streets
2014 10 15 Make It a Monumental Run
2014 10 09 A Running Foundation BOMF
2014 10 06 Blog of the Month Four Weeks to Go
2014 09 30 Perfect Marathon Pacing
2014 09 25 No Shortcuts Balancing Goals as an Entrepreneur
2014 09 23 Marathoners Doctors Diets Health Columnists
2014 09 16 Board Member Spotlight What Inspires Your Running Journey
2014 09 11 Team Film How to Run for Your Cause
2014 09 08 Blog of the Month 3 Reasons to Be Monumental
2014 09 02 Monumental Moments Growth Success of Monumental Kids Movement
2014 08 26 My Extra Motivation
2014 08 18 Learning Indy on Two Feet


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