December 16, 2012
Weather: 51 degrees, 90% humidity
Wind: 12 mph SSW
SWAG: Santa technical shirt, hat, & white beard
Food: Cookies & candy along the course
Volunteer Support: Fair
Water Stops: Sparsely supported, some had no volunteers
Crowd Support: Very Sparse
Place: 43rd out of 938 Overall
2nd Place out of 46 in 40-44 Age Group
Total Experience ... 1 2 3 4 5
As with everyone else, this past weekend was emotionally one of the toughest Michael and I have experienced in a while. Our hearts were broken by the tragic news from Newtown, Connecticut, and we both shed tears as we listened to the radio description of the events while we traveled. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of these precious babies and the courageous educators that were taken from us in this senseless act. May God bless their healing.
|2012 Indianapolis Santa Half Marathon finisher medal on the left|
& medal for 2nd place in 40-44 age group on the right
Indy is about a 7 hour drive from Kansas City along I-70. And while I really have no love lost for the
Michael and Coy have become really good friends, and we both love it when we get a chance to meet up with her, usually at a race. I've been with Michael at three races where Coy has met us, but I think Michael has met her for a couple more that I haven't been to. Coy lives about 2 hours from Indy, so she met us on Saturday before the race after we had grabbed our race bags at the small Expo. The Expo was held at the race's host hotel, the JW Marriot, which is the large blue windowed hotel on the Northwest side of Indy. With only a few weeks before Christmas, the lobby was decorated and packed with folks dressed up and coming and going to holiday parties - it was really a festive scene.
After Coy got to the hotel and we all unpacked, we walked about 4 blocks to dinner ... well actually we took a cab for part of it when it started misting. Upon the recommendation of the hotel staff, we chose to have our pre-race meal at Lorenzo's Ristorante, an Italian restaurant across the street from the Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The food was pretty good, but for the price, I honestly don't know that I would recommend it. Plus, the service wasn't great, but to be fair, the city was pretty busy due to a college basketball tournament that was taking place at the adjacent arena. It had stopped misting when we finished eating, so we took a walk toward the downtown monument area of Indy. There are several historic statues and monuments a few blocks from the State Capital building that are draped with Christmas lights this time of year. And I had a great time walking around and site-seeing in the downtown area with a couple of grown women better known as the two idiots.
Sunday was my 44th birthday, so we woke up and I opened a couple of birthday gifts before getting ready for the race. It was a little cloudy, but really warm for this time of year - about 50 degrees. The only minor concern with the weather was a little wind at 12-15 mph, and about 90% humidity - but it didn't end up being a problem at all. It was just a great day to run.
I'm not really into the "gimmicky races" ... like the Mustache Dash, or the Paint Run, or the Zombie Run, etc, etc, etc. ... and this one was no different. But I decided not to be a grumpy old man and make the best of it. Included in our race packets were a Santa technical long sleeve shirt, a Santa hat, and a white beard. Ya know ... so 1000 people could all look like Jolly Ol' Saint Nick!
|The two idiots having fun ... and me enduring the nonsense!|
|Coy, me, & a whole lot of Santas!|
1)8:06 2)8:06 3)8:33 4)7:11 5)7:11 6)7:17 7)7:04 8)7:02 9)7:09 10)7:04 11)6:49 12)6:55 13)6:45
Since I had started a little slower than usual for a half marathon, I started passing quite few people as I began to pick up speed. I knew that this wasn't a huge race, and I also knew that I had started pretty close to the front of the pack. So as I passed more and more people and the crowd began to thin out, I figured I had to be getting close to the front finishers, so I started to push it a little during the last three miles, but kept it very manageable. I had left my heart rate monitor in the hotel room and didn't have an idea how fast my heart was beating, so I just ran until it felt like "work", and then I backed off a little for a while. The end result was a 1:36:11. It was my fourth half marathon of the year and by far the slowest ... but I really didn't care. It was a fun race and I hadn't ended up injured.
After the race, while waiting for Michael and Coy to finish, I ran up to the room and changed clothes. When I came back down I looked for a results tent. I couldn't find a tent, but I could hear them announcing the winners over the loud speaker at the awards ceremony. By the time I walked over to the awards area, they were finished. I was kind of curious about what time had won my age group, so I walked up and asked the results guy what the times were in 40-44. He started naming the three top finishers, and he said my name in second place ... huh??? With kind of a surprised and questioning tone, I said, "I'm Weatherly ... that was second place?" He said, "Yeah! Congrats!", and then a girl handed me a medal! Cool! Even though I hadn't really ran that hard ... or that well ... I got a second place medal on my birthday! Happy Birthday to me I guess!
... be great today!