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.
August 18, 2016
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 ]
August 5, 2016
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.
Tamika Catchings - Indiana Fever
Paul George – Indiana Pacers
Chloe Dygert - Hometown: Brownsburg
David Boudia - Hometown: Noblesville
Amy Cozad -Hom... [ read more ]
July 25, 2016
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 ]
July 19, 2016
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:
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 ]
July 12, 2016
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 ]
June 30, 2016
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 ]
June 14, 2016
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 ]
May 16, 2016
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 ]
May 9, 2016
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 ]
May 3, 2016
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 ]
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 ]