I toed the line for my final Indy Mini on Saturday May 6, 2017.
The journey to that final start line has been frustrating and painful.
It all started nearly a year ago when I experienced some pain in my knee. I had run 3 half marathons in 2 months, while not totally unusual for me, it was a lot of running, so I figured I just needed a bit of a break. I focused more on biking over the summer.
But the knee just didn’t get better. In fact, it seemed to get worse.
A year and a half later, I’m still running my race.
My word for 2016 was run. Hebrews 12:1 says “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”
If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you probably know that I’m a runner. Cardio is my thing. I lift and do yoga, because I know those things are beneficial for me, but given my preferences, I’d just do cardio. I’ve been a runner for a long time. I’ve completed over a dozen full marathons and 60 half marathons and too many 5Ks and 10Ks to count.
But races aren’t what this blog is about. It’s about running my race in life. This blog is a reminder to keep my eyes on my own paper. It’s about staying in my lane.
This weekend was the 40th running of the Indy Mini. Around Indiana it’s just known as “The Mini”. No other explanation or clarification is needed. All runners know which one it is. Just as the Indianapolis 500 is the pinnacle of motor racing so is “The Mini” to runners. This event draws people of all shapes and sizes and abilities from all over the United States and elsewhere. It is THE main event of running. This year I participated for my 19th time. Since 1997 I have only missed one year, because my son was born in April 2003. Just didn’t think I could be ready to run it just a couple weeks after he was born!
Preparation for the Indy Mini has been slightly different every year. I have followed various training plans. One year I trained hard and ran my half marathon PR at the mini. This year was not a year when I did any PR training. In fact, I have had some allergy and asthma symptoms and have been trying to work through that. I’ve backed off running, because I’ve been plagued with nagging injuries. Nothing major, just enough to make me reduce mileage a little. So I went into this half marathon with minimal expectations.
Our mini marathon morning consists of meeting up in Shelbyville and carpooling to Indianapolis. We leave at 6:00AM for the 7:33 race start. We always stop at the Hardee’s restaurant just before getting into downtown Indy. It’s become a traditional stop for all downtown races. It’s our last flushing toilet before we hit race start lines and port-a-pots!
On this particular race morning, we decided to street park, and I was in the lead. I wasn’t exactly sure where we’d find 4 parking spaces close together, but I figured I’d give it a try. We headed towards Monument Circle, and after making a U-turn on Market Street (I didn’t see a problem with that! lol), we found some parking spots. We loaded the parking meter with quarters and off to the race start we went.
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