Lindsey Kuper (lindseykuper) wrote,
Lindsey Kuper

Monumental Half Marathon 2010

Alex oniugnip and I ran the Monumental Half Marathon yesterday. It was pretty great! Alex kicked ass and finished 28th of 252 runners in his division, with a time of 1:33:56, taking several minutes off his previous half-marathon PR. It was my first half marathon, so I vacuously had a PR, too: I finished with a time of 2:06:31, which turned out to be 186th place of 441 runners in my division.1 Not bad, considering that the temperature hovered below freezing for most of the race and that I had only decided to do it at all about three weeks ago.

I hadn't really known what sort of time I should shoot for; my best marathon time is about 4:40, so I figured that a reasonable half marathon time would be ten minutes less than half of that. I therefore came in under my rather arbitrarily chosen goal time. Hooray! Furthermore, I didn't feel wrecked at the end (when the only long road races you've ever been in are marathons, the end of a half marathon sort of sneaks up on you; it's strange), so next time, I think I'll shoot for coming in under 2 hours.

A half marathon, it turns out, is an extraordinarily pleasant experience. You get all of the fun of a marathon -- a giant crowd of people just as insane as you; cheering spectators;2 a medal around your neck at the end -- without completely destroying your body! I was actually able to walk, rather than hobble, back to our hotel after the race. We decided to make a weekend of it in Indianapolis (you know, the "big" "city"!); we did a lot of walking and eating and a little shopping, and I took Alex to see a play, the stage adaptation of Holes. At first I thought it would be geared toward a grade-school audience, but like the novel, it turned out to be surprisingly dark and heavy, and we both liked it a lot.

Next up: Marató de Barcelona in March. Am I badass enough to stay in race shape through the winter and then go run a marathon in Barcelona? Mind you, I've never even been to Europe, let alone attempted to run a marathon there. It probably wouldn't even occur to me to try things like this if it weren't for Alex's constant support and encouragement.

  1. I'm used to marathons where there are more male than female runners, but it was interesting to see that there were a lot more female than male runners in the half marathon. (There were 1797 self-reported male half-marathon registrants and 2349 self-reported female half-marathon registrants. By contrast, the marathon had 1565 male registrants and 899 female registrants.) I wonder if this has something to do with the fact that marathon training requires long uninterrupted blocks of time, which I conjecture women tend to have fewer of. (And if you're a slower runner, as women tend to be, you need those uninterrupted blocks of time to be particularly long.) Half-marathon training, on the other hand, can be managed if you can steal an hour here and an hour there. If you can go on a six-mile run a few times a week, you can probably run a half-marathon. Of course, it probably doesn't hurt if you can go on some longer runs, too.
  2. Best, and most inscrutable, sign seen during the race: RUN LIKE A KEYNESIAN. (..."in the long run, we're all dead"?) I also appreciated RUN FASTER, RACHEL, I'M COLD, as well as the two people with signs near the end that simply said FRIED CHICKEN and LINDOR TRUFFLES. I love marathon spectators.
Tags: half marathon 2010, marathon 2011
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