Indianapolis Half Marathon Race Recap.

indy half october 18

Time: 1:49:36
Pace: 8:22

Half marathon number 12 is in the books! This was a race PR for me and although I’m pleased with my time, I definitely feel like I could have pushed harder towards the end.

First of all, this course was so much hillier than I remember. (I ran it last year too.) I felt really good until mile 10, were there were several huge hills in a row, which took all I had to keep running. The last 3 miles my pace slowed considerably to around 8:40 pace, as compared to the 8:10ish pace I had been running the first 10 miles. The last 3 miles were brutal and I was so so happy to cross that finish line.

I PR’ed by almost 6 minutes from my spring half marathons, which makes me super happy. I improved my time on this course by almost 15 minutes (Last year’s time was around 2:04), which is awesome. So all in all, I’d call this race a successful one.

Now to plan my 2015 race schedule…

A little Monday Motivation :)

I came across this wonderful little article this morning and fell in love with it! What a perfect Monday morning kick in the pants. I just had to share. Dan has tons of awesome little articles like this on his website so be sure to check it out whenever you need that little extra push or pep added to your step!

“How to be Awesome When You Don’t Feel Like It”
By Dan Waldschmidt

There are times when you need to get hard things done and you just don’t feel like doing them.
Call it uninspired or demotivated — your attitude is less than ideal for you performing like a champion.

Which can be OK.

Just because you don’t feel like doing something doesn’t mean you still can’t be the best one doing it at the time.

How you feel about what needs to be done doesn’t need to impact your behavior. But it usually does.

You never get started doing what needs to be done.

You find yourself re-prioritizing, fiddling with other details that don’t really matter, and generally procrastinating until you’re out of time and have to rush to try to attempt to get things done.
And then when they turn out poorly you just chalk it up to “not being good at everything”, when the real reason was that you didn’t feel like doing it — so you didn’t plan to do it right.
Repeat that cycle a few dozen times and you can find yourself completely confused about what you want to do with your life and if you’re good enough to be the best at anything.

This is an attitude thing.

An attitude change you need to make.
The best way to feel like doing something is just to start doing it.
Not tackling the whole task. Not starting in the middle and working backwards. Just doing one tiny piece of the task.
Action yields more action. Results generate more results.

Momentum leads to success.
When you feel uninspired don’t stop and think about it — go do something.

The more you work, the more inspired you’ll feel.

It’s nearly impossible to do nothing when you already have time and effort invested in trying to achieve a goal.
You can box yourself into a “productivity corner” by just getting started.

You’ll feel pretty good when you cross the finish line.

Have a wonderful Monday!! :)