What a great day for a marathon! The Indy Monumental Marathon turned out to be one of my absolute favorite races.
I wasn't sure how to pace my run since my speed has been all over the place this summer with training for IM Chattanooga. I decided to start out conservatively behind the 3:45 pace group and see how I felt.
The first half of the race ended up flying by. I ran into a girl from Cincinnati, so we ran and chatted together for the first 13 miles.
After passing the 13 mile marker I decided to pick it up. Surprisingly, my leg started to feel good with the faster pace. I haven't run <8:00min/mi pace for several months, but somehow my legs started to pick up to a 7:40 pace. I was excited to feel good with the faster leg turnover.
Note: I forgot to start my watch so I missed the first 3 mile of the race (mile 10 on the pace chart is actually mile 13).
I was happy to end my 2016 season with a negative split 3:34:36. It wasn't my fastest marathon, but it was a fun race with wonderful friends and great memories.