What I’m Doing the Same
What I’m Doing Differently
Instead of training almost exclusively by myself, I join a running group! Tri-State Running Group to be exact. They offer training schedules targeted specifically for the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon and their Mariemont location is about 4 minutes from my house.
We are only on week 4 but I feel like I’ve already connected with my pace group. They have all been very welcoming and supportive. The miles seems to go faster when I have several people to chat with or just listen to.
Why the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon
I chose the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon for a few obvious reasons.
- It’s Saturday, November 3rd. Not too soon, but not too far away either. It’s in the fall, so hopefully cooler, more runner-friendly weather. And it’s on a Saturday, so I have at least one rest (or explore the city) day before going back to work.
- It’s flat! I was misled that the Nashville Marathon was flat and had a hard time during the last several miles when faced with a few surprising climbs. Not that I’m afraid of hills, but when you turn the corner at mile 24 and see a steep, unexpected hill ahead it does a real number on your mental state.
- It’s close. Indianapolis is less than 2 hours from Cincinnati, so it’s an easy drive. Neither of us have spent any time in Indianapolis and while it’s not on our bucket list, it’ll still be a new city to explore.