Sunday, May 4, 2008
My Indy Mini Experience
Yesterday, I completed my 46th half marathon and my 27 th 500 Festival Mini Marathon. I ran a conservative race early because it felt a little humid and I knew the wind was going to be strong on the Indy 500 track & near the finish. The plan was to start pushing harder at the 9 mile mark but, there was still a pretty good head wind. I was stuck in no man's land (between 2 packs / unable to draft).
At 10 to 11 I was able to pick it up to 6:05 but this was short lived as 11 to 12 was back into the wind and I slipped back to the 6:20's. The last mile is a straight shot back to the finish so you can see the finish line and downtown Indy. I thought I was going to just cruise in and enjoy the cheers of the crowd, but then I noticed the finish line clock. 1:20:38 and counting! I can't stand finishing on the wrong side of a minute ie. 1:21.01. So I forced myself to find another gear and sprint in at 1:20:58! A small victory!
I collected my finish medal, food and went straight to the beer tent. I watched for Lou's finish as long as I could but then had to bolt in order to make my daughter's 1st communion. I had assured my wife that I could run the mini and be home in plenty of time to get to the church by 11:00am. I thought I allowed plenty of time to get back to my car but when I parked before the race it was dark and I really wasn't paying attention to street names. Needless to say after the race, I couldn't remember where I parked. After another mile of running around various cross streets, I finally found it. I made it to the house just in time to shower and get to the church. My wife was quite relieved.
Posted by John at 12:28 PM