Saturday, December 27, 2014

Santa Hustle Half Marathon Recap (Indianapolis)

During my visit to Indiana, I completed my 4th half marathon, my last before the Disney Marathon in January.  I registered for the Santa Hustle in Indianapolis, to ensure I got a good long run during my time at home.

The weather was cold, but the mood was festive, it was pretty cool to see people dressed as Santa and elves running all in a big group.  The wind and cold definitely impacted me on the run; the first 7 miles felt great (I was on PR pace!) then I hit a bit of a wall as the course got a little hillier and less interesting.  Blah.   But I still managed to squeeze out my best half marathon time anyways!

There was a particularly awesome sign along the way that I loved... RYAN GOSLING!

There were also M&Ms and cookies along the way that were good energy stops.  I didn't eat candy, but towards the end I did eat a cookie to keep myself going.  I learned that I can run and eat a cookie at the same time!  LOL

I'd say the best part was having Mom & Dad there to support me.  It was a nice training run, and I loved the sweatshirt I got from it.  Now I'm a nervous wreck thinking about doubling the distance for Disney!

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  1. Ahh you motivate me so hard. I've wanted to do a Half Marathon forever. (I set this goal when I was running regularly, so I have a long way to go. But still haha.)

  2. I would recommend you look at some of the half-marathon training guides that RunDisney has on their website. I believe you can do it (as in finish, not get an amazing time) if you can make time to run 3x per week, with one of those being a long run. I also think you can do a half marathon if you can get up to about 8-9 miles in one run; just be sure to pick a big, fun race and the adrenaline and entertainment will carry you further than you expect!

    I also have been doing a run/walk method on these long distances, typically 5 minutes running, 1 minute walking. This last half I didn't walk as much in the first half as I could have, but I needed the 1 minute off on the second portion.

  3. P.S. I am not a competitive runner any more by any means, but I like to post here because I think it helps fellow curvy girls see that they can literally go the distance!

  4. (Yes, I know I'm replying to this 17 days later. Oops) Just wanted to say thanks for the suggestions! They will be put to good use :)

  5. No worries! Let me know how it goes, and what race you sign up for!


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