Before I go into my race day description of the Jingle Bell Run (JBR) in Indianapolis I want to tell you a bit about the organization I ran for this past weekend. The Arthritis Foundation puts on the JBR and is a non-profit that supports research for all types of arthritis of which there are many. I run this event and take part in other Arthritis Foundation events since I have family who suffer from arthritis every day and because it is a very misunderstood chronic disease that afflicts not only senior citizens, but also children and people of all ages. Arthritis is not just something you get when you get older!
And back to the race! The day started out chilly as usual, but even colder than last year’s JBR as it was a brisk 19 degrees at the start. I waited as long as I could inside before venturing out to the start line. The event starts and finishes at Conseco Fieldhouse where the Indianapolis NBA team plays. The race started at 9:00am and nearly 2000 runners surged ahead for a quick run around downtown Indianapolis. After 2-3 blocks we came upon our first turn and came directly into a construction zone. The city is doing a lot of construction in preparation for Super Bowl 2012 and we got to run through the “progress” for that event. The pack of runners narrowed into one lane forcing everyone to slow and even some to walk…I was a tad unhappy at this since we all hope for a PR for any event whenever we can get it.
A few blocks later the road opened back up and we were off at top speed once again. The course takes runners through the Mass Ave shopping district to cut over to Meridian Street, back up to the City Circle where we made our final cut back over to Pennsylvania Street for the big finish in front of Conseco.
I wish I could say the day ended with a PR, but my 00:27:24.7 this year will have to do. Last year my time was 00:27:04.8 so just a little faster. I would loved to have seen what my time would have been without the construction zone delay, but I’ll keep this post positive and not go down that track of discussion. Still, missing a PR by less than 20 seconds is a tad disappointing.
This is my last race of 2011 and it was a good one for a good cause. My next three races all happen in one weekend next month when I travel South to tackle the Goofy Challenge (+5K on Friday) at Walt Disney World!
I have made it to the light at the end of the marathon tunnel and discovered that I want to go find another tunnel!
About 30 seconds after finishing my first marathon I wanted to find another to train for in 2011. Luckily, I didn’t have to look far and I have a couple choices. First, the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon is November 5th, 2011 and is in my own backyard practically. Second, a friend of mine whom I’m running with in April wants me to return to Kansas for a full marathon in mid-October. I’m not sure if I’m ready for two full marathons just three weeks apart. It’ll be my friend’s first full marathon so that should be fun, but now I just need to decide. I’m leaning toward Kansas City since the prospect of travel is always nice! I can run the Indianapolis Monumental anytime and if the weather repeats here in Indiana like last year it’ll be a cold run in November. Temperatures were dipping into the 20s for the Monumental in 2010. Perhaps that’ll be my 2012 endeavor!?!?!?!
Of course, I can never do anything the easy way so I mapped out a second year of running events with a healthy dose of ambition for a relatively new runner. I think that by the end of this year I won’t be able to claim the “newbie” title anymore…I have too many people hitting me up for advice at this point anyway!
Of course with it being a new year I need new goals!
First, is to not live to run. I did that in 2010 and I want to enjoy my summer more this time around including some easy runs at dusk just for fun.
Last year I lost 50 lbs and that was a good start. I need to drop another 20 to get down to a healthier range. Body fat percentage is still too high so that will be my primary focus.
I want to become a stronger all around athlete rather than “just a runner” although there is nothing wrong with that. I just mean that running won’t be 90% of my exercise like it was in 2010. More like 70%….
As I stated above, once again I have been ambitious in my scheduling just as I was last year. I have a feeling that just like last year I will be adding an event or two along the way. So here it is, my race schedule! What’s your running season look like?
Welcome to Brian’s Insanity v2.011:
Walt Disney World Marathon, January 9th (Done)
Lawrence, KS Half Marathon, April 17th (Registered)
Indianapolis Mini-Marathon, May 7th (Registered)
Carmel, IN Half Marathon 6-11-11 (Soon to be Registered)
CarmelFest Freedom Run (4.5 mile) 7-2-11 (Perhaps)
Kansas City Full-Marathon 10-15-11 (Most Likely)
Indianapolis Monumental Marathon 11-5-11 (Perhaps)
Drumstick Dash 11-24-11 (Too much fun to miss!)
Indianapolis Jingle Bell Run 12-10-11 (Brrr, but yes…)
So once again I would like to say that you should have goals. I had a great 2010 and I want to have an even better 2011! The reason is I had goals and ticked them off one by one! Have something to train for out in the future. I always say that training for just another 5 pounds isn’t enough and will only motivate you so far. That’s why I’m considering two marathons within three weeks of each other. I know I can run a half or a full-marathon…been there, done that. I know that in order to run two full marathons three weeks apart I would have to bring my training to a new level and decrease my body fat percentage over the next 9 months to be able to take on the challenge. I also know that this may be the next step for me to move beyond the 26.2 mile range which would make me an ultra runner. An ultra is defined as any distance race beyond 26.2 miles. We’ll see if I explore that kind of race down the road, but it’s a thought for the future.
Hello race fans! Saturday morning was a balmy 39 degrees here in Indianapolis as several hundred people all showed up at the same place to run a 5K known as the Jingle Bell Run! This event supports the Arthritis Foundation.
My gf and I headed downtown to Conseco Fieldhouse where the event would start and finish. My gf was the Volunteer Coordinator for this year’s run/walk so we arrived at 6:00am to start getting the volunteers checked-in and sent to their assignments. I was in charge of volunteer t-shirts and lanyards and pretty much at my gf’s beck & call for a few hours. It was a good time helping get this awesome event underway!
With a 9:00am start, I ventured to the start line around 8:50am. If you read my blog regularly then you know I ran The Drumstick Dash with a buddy of mine on Thanksgiving and did great! So for this race I lined up with the 9-min/mile pace peeps and even stepped to the front of the group. It was chilly, but with Under Armour and gloves it was no big deal. It felt really good being an entire corral closer to the start line than “normal” too! It’s amazing what becomes normal since almost 12 months ago to the day I couldn’t run a single mile and started at a 12 minute/mile pace when I did run.
I flipped on my iPod to a little “Flo Rida: The Club Can’t Handle Me” as the race started. The first bit of the race was grueling as the wind picked up and the chill crept into everything. After I rounded the corner off Pennsylvania Street the wind was gone and things improved. The cold air was a challenge as it always is for me but I felt good as I finished Mile #1. Mile #2 whipped past in no time and the next thing you know I was crossing Penn again to head toward Monument Circle. After a quick three blocks or so I was rounding another corner onto Pennsylvania again and could see the finish line.
About that time “How Far We’ve Come” by Matchbox 20 kicked on the headphones and I took off. I could see the clock had just crossed the 27 minute mark and I really wanted to beat 28 minutes. As I approached the finish I realized I could potentially beat 00:27:30 so it was a race the last few feet to cross the line before the big three-zero went by.
I always forget about those few seconds between the official clock start and individual time based on crossing the start line. Official Time ended up being 00:27:04.8 which was good for a new 5K PR! I beat my last 5K time by 2 minutes and 39 seconds.