Saturday, I completed my sixth half marathon!
It’s always an emotional and amazing feeling when I cross the finish line, but Saturday’s race was EXTRA special because I was able to cross that finish line with my sister 🙂
I picked up my packet and shirt on Thursday night and I even set out my race day clothing and gear because on Friday night, Brian and I were going to be out late at his dental school graduation party.
I ended up waking up around 6am on Saturday feeling tired, but I knew that soon my adrenaline would kick in and I would have the energy to get through the race.
I made a good breakfast for Brenna and I to enjoy, we double checked that we had all the right gear and we were out the door by 7am!
Brian and I live downtown just about a mile and a half from the start of the race, so we hopped on the Pacers Bikeshare and rode to Washington Street where the race was starting.
It was a little bit chilly at the start, so we found an indoor bathroom which allowed us to warm up a bit. Thank goodness!
This was the first year the Indianapolis Mini Marathon did “wave” starts. I think the wave starts were intended to alleviate congestion at the starting line, and it may have done that but I kind of had a skewed perspective. This year, I started at a different place than I normally would since I was running with my sister. So, I’m not sure how the wave starts changed things, but at least it didn’t have a negative effect on the event!
This year, I knew things would be VERY different for me while completing this race. Not only was I going at a much different pace than I would if I was completing the race on my own, but I truly go to experience the race. I didn’t have my headphones in, I didn’t have a goal time in mind, it wasn’t about ME at all! I was just there to enjoy and motivate my sister.
I was able to be aware of my surroundings, and it was so great!
As we ran by the zoo, I noticed the elephants.
I was able to enjoy and laugh at all the fun race signs. (All the Hunger Games signs were my favorite!)
I was able to appreciate all of the fun musical groups that lined the race course.
Most importantly, I was able to document all of the cool things that were along the race. This would be a picture of my sister entering the Indianapolis Motor Speedway where the Indy 500 takes place.
As we were running along the Speedway, I saw people actually stop walking and running to kneel down and kiss the ground.
I was so confused! I had never seen anyone actually STOP during a race for anything other than an injury. Turns out, those bricks are a pretty big piece of Indianapolis Motor Speedway history and it is a tradition to kiss the bricks 🙂
My sister was doing SO great, but by the end she was getting tired. Once we saw the checkered flags I knew the finish line was near.
We pushed each other during what seemed like the LONGEST mile to get to that finish line.
SHE DID IT!
I could not be more proud of my sister for completing her first half marathon, and I feel so honored and special that I was able to do it with her 🙂
We both got a little teary eyed as we crossed the finish.
As soon as we crossed the finish line, we happily picked up our race medals.
It was definitely a race to remember. Congratulations, Brenna!! You are amazing!!!!