Indy Monumental Pre-race Thoughts

It is October 30th. The race is two days away. Here are some thoughts and my goals for Saturday.

I finished last week with about 50 miles. It was on the low end of the plan for the week but I’m fine with it. I was still feeling pretty fatigued last week and tried to play it cautiously.

Finally, this week things have started to come around with the legs getting some pop and the race pace miles yesterday feeling pretty good. I’ve got an  easy 10K today and a 25-30 minute shake out planned Friday. This will give me 27-30 miles race week prior to Saturday. I should be ready Saturday.

Tapering is a weird thing…I’m to the point in it now where I can’t really tell what my legs feel like but I know come Saturday I’ll be good. I’ll be ready to get to the task at hand.

Task at hand. I keep coming back to this phrase. That’s really all Saturday is…it’s what all the miles this summer have been for. No matter what happened this week or two months ago or what the weather is like…I’m looking to do one thing on Saturday: race to the best of my ability on the day. I can do that. It’s that simple.

Want some numbers? Looking back since I loosely start ramping up for Monumental following the Mohican 50 in June this is what I got:

  • 15 weeks, excluding race week
  • 1,083 miles
  • 72.22 per week...probably be a little higher without the Achilles flare up a couple weeks ago
  • 2.5 pairs of shoes...I was working through some shoes when I started so it’s really two pairs this cycle but I’ll give half a pair from before
  • Roughly 38.5 hours of running per month for the last four months.
  • Snuck in a 101 miles in a 7 day period for the first time ever. Hello. 100 miles.

Goals for Saturday:

  • A: 2:48
  • B: 2:50
  • C: faster then 2:54:27

Really I want that sub 2:50. I was in shape for it last year at Chicago and just had a terrible race. Came back 3 weeks later and PR’d Monumental…that is the 2:54:27. I feel ready again. Mileage and workouts have been good. You just never know. One thing that I think would be cool is if I can run a 2:49:38 or faster that will be a full 60 minutes faster then my first marathon back in June 2008 with Lindsey in San Diego.

As I’m wrting this Scott texted me something that I think is reallly pretty accurate that sums up tapering and racing. “It’s always hard to know what shape you’re in till you do it.” It’s so true. I feel in shape but I guess we will find out Saturday morning.

About time to get to the task at end. Happy running everyone! Remember everyone has the same weather. All you can do is work with the cards you are dealt.

Good luck Saturday. Enjoy it. This is the fun part. Are you ready?


  1. Definitely never know what you are capable of until race day and see what happens. You are gonna kick ass either way, enjoy it! P.S. Congrats on the 100m week too!

  2. Excited for you! I have a feeling it’s going to be a good day. I agree – you sometimes never really know how fit you are until you race. And that’s the fun part! Looking forward to sitting down and drinking several beers on Saturday afternoon.

    1. GlennHein

      For seez. Have a good run tomorrow. Beer and a bon fire will be ready to roll around noon!

  3. Dan

    Not quite sure how to follow that last post … but I’m pretty sure it will be better received!
    Sounds like you’ve had an awesome training … listened to your body when it started to rebel a bit and still kept yourself in peak shape. I recall being where you were two weeks ago and thinking about how perfect of a training season it had been and that I felt poised on the cusp of a breakthrough — yet cognizant that until that time comes you really don’t know what is in store. I hope to hear my phone buzz with the update of you finishing in 2:4x:yy as I’m out there pacing a friend just as I later hope to hear the buzz of another friend who has had an awesome training season coming in at 3:2x:yy. Tuck in behind whomever you can find near your pace going North and Ride Like The Wind as you ride that wind on the Southbound homestretch knowing that all that hard work has paid off.

    1. GlennHein

      Thanks Dan! Hoping for a good day tomorrow. I think the course layout and wind direction won’t be too bad…not a ton of super open sections…what can’t do anything about it anyway. Have a great run Sunday. Feel ready?

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