|Mid-morning once the sun came up!|
We were fully exposed to the wind for this stretch of the route without any houses, trees, or structures of any kind helping us out. So I start to pull upon my NASCAR know-how and scout out a drafting partner. We’re still in a pretty good size pack so there has to be a bigger runner that I can fall behind and block the wind for a mile or so. I look left - no. I look right - no. I look well ahead - again, nobody to help me out. Then it hits me. I take a peak over my shoulder, and you guessed it, I’m that bigger runner that everyone else is using to block the wind! Like ducks in a row, I was playing lead duck. Nothing to do, but laugh and suck it up -- come on ducklings, onto mile twelve.
|Head down, into the wind|
Below are several photos from the event. Overall, I can understand why the Brantleys have tried to make IMM an annual race. It was definitely PR friendly--congratulations to both the Brantleys and David Fedrick with new PR’s--as the long straights and the level elevation is almost unprecedented. There were a few bad spots in the road, that are probably the result of hard Indiana winters, but mostly the paths, trails, and streets were clearly marked and in good shape.
IMM is not necessarily for those seeking an overly scenic course or one filled with sights and sounds. You do not go near the speedway, and once you clear downtown it’s an uneventful trek out to 66th street for the turnaround. Realizing that the cold weather didn’t exactly help, but the IMM is not known for it’s enthusiastic supporters or course entertainment. Actually, there were probably more irate drivers having to wait patiently (or impatiently) at intersections as runners passed. They were backed up and seemed to have not known it was marathon day.
|This one really resonated with me - Moving Forward!|
|Finish line at the Capital|
|8 Hours till Start!|
|Nice and cozy one hour to start|
|Medal is year one of 5 year series to make one XL medal|
|Expo in downtown Indy - easy in and easy out.|
|Finding the groove, thinking about a Krispy Kreme!|
|If you know Indy, here’s the route North of downtown|