Last weekend Jason and I drove to Carmel, Indiana so I could run the Carmel Half Marathon. I knew a few other people from Chicago who were running the full marathon and since my in-laws live in Carmel and I’ve already run a half marathon there before (back in December), I figured hey, why not?
My mother-in-law was nice enough to pick up my race packet on Friday since we weren’t going to get into town before packet pick-up closed and there was no race day pickup. I personally find that a bit annoying but I understand that, being the second largest race in Indiana, doing race day pickup is a hassle. So, thankfully I was able to have her do it for me.
The funny thing is that when talking about the race the night before my mother-in-law commented that at least the course would be flat. I just laughed. Compared to Chicago, Carmel is SUPER hilly. I learned that during the last half marathon I ran there!
Welcome to the bottom of a hill. At mile one.
i won’t go into a ton of details about the race, except to say that I wished there had been more aid stations and that, while I didn’t beat my personal record that I set in Florida, I did run a 1:49:11 which is my second fastest time.
The race is nice but, to be honest, I think I had more fun at the Caribbean Christmas Half Marathon I ran there in December. The course for this one was hillier but they did share at least two hills. When I realized I was going to have to run those same hills again I definitely cursed out loud! I think I just prefer smaller events. Although the Carmel “Championship Weekend” was very well organized, had lots of goodies at the finish, and most of the amenities of a big race, I felt it was lacking the “fun” vibe I got from the Caribbean Christmas Half. But, considering the two people I knew who were running got PRs in the marathon and both qualified for Boston, I’d say that this race could be your good luck charm!
When my trainer asked me what I did over the weekend and I said I ran a half marathon he said, “That’s pretty awesome that you can just go kill a half marathon in the middle of power lifting training and just the weights back up two days later.”
Honestly, I really enjoy this mixture of endurance running and strength training. But, I’m also looking forward to taking a slight break from long runs for a bit. I don’t currently have any other races on the schedule and I’m a-okay with that.
Although, if you don’t run a half marathon it’s a bit more difficult to justify hitting up two different breweries. Especially when Union Brewing is within view of the finish line! Gotta earn that beer (and Instagram bragging).