Monday, January 4, 2016

A Monumental Decision

12:07 a.m. Jan. 1.

I made the decision.

I clicked yes.

I hit send.

And I took the leap.

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I registered for a marathon – the Indianapolis Monumental, which will take place Nov. 5. I did so in the first 10 minutes sign-up was available, securing the lowest rate ($65, a relative bargain for a big city marathon) and putting my entry in a drawing for a night at a partner hotel.

It's insane, I acknowledge. All of it. Registering so early (although I was already awake with Si) and going for a 26.2 with such young kids at home. In fact, I had posted several months ago that a marathon would have to wait till 2017 or 2018 but I caught the bug watching my friends run this race in 2015 and seeing others cross marathon finish lines elsewhere in the country.

But, it also feels right.

I feel ready to take on some more serious training, with my endurance and speed near pre-Si standards. Mark and I have nailed a good routine over the weekend when it comes to kids and long runs. And after nearly nine months (and counting) of nursing, I want to do something with my body that's just for me.

The race, which begins at the state capitol and winds through scenic neighborhoods, will be my third go at the distance. I ran Columbus in 2012 (finish time 4:26:25) and Veterans Marathon in 2013 (finish time 4:31:05). Both were great learning experiences, and I'm excited for the opportunity to learn more about the sport. I'm excited to experience a different course on a different day. And, I look forward for the chance to grow more as a runner.

Most importantly, I hope to #BeMonumental in 2016.


  1. Exciting! $65 is a bargain for a marathon. Happy training!

  2. So excited for you (and me)! You're always welcome to stay at my mom's house. It's a little bit of a haul from Westfield, but free is free. Regardless we'll have to celebrate post-race.

  3. Awesome! I've heard great things about this race!!!

  4. We're going to #BeMonumental together! I have to save exactly how I signed up this race for Runfessions. It's that good.