Comment: At the Indy 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, between twenty-five and thirty thousand participants will line up in corrals from “A” through “Z” along Washington St from the Indiana State Museum to the Indianapolis Arts Garden. I’ll line up in corral “E” at West St. To reduce crowd density during the event, participants will start in five separate waves from 7:33 am through 8:30 am, with the wheelchair race and associated 5K race starting earlier. I’ll start at the back of the first wave and begin my race at 7:37 am. The course is White River Pkwy, Michigan St, Holt Rd, 10th St, and Main St to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, once around the track, and different sections of Holt Rd, 10th St, Michigan St, and White River Pkwy to New York St and Military Park. I’ll end my race sometime between 9:50 am and 9:57 am.
Comment: I’ve run the distance of a mini-marathon on most of the weekends of this just-completed training program, and my fastest average pace during any of these running sessions was 10:48 minutes per mile. This year, my strategy at the Indy Mini will be to start with a few miles at a pace around that same 10:48 minutes per mile, which I expect to be easily achievable given that I am rested and recovered after two weeks of tapering, and then gradually increase my pace toward 10:30 or 10:20 minutes per mile or so while circling around the race track. On the way back to downtown Indianapolis I’ll push the pace as fast as I can sustain to the finish line. Last year my average pace during the Indy Mini was 10:10 minutes per mile, but I don’t expect to repeat that pace this year unless I have an exceptional performance.
Comment: I ran a total of 273.8 miles in sixteen weeks of training for this year’s Indy Mini. My usual total of training for the Indy Mini in recent years is very close to 280 miles in sixteen weeks.
Raw Data: The following are the dates, distances, paces, and locations of running sessions. For some sessions, additional information is included. ** 26-Apr-2016, 3.1 miles, 9.6 minutes per mile, treadmill. ** 28-Apr-2016, 5.02 miles, 10:13 minutes per mile, neighborhood. ** 30-Apr-2016, 3.1 miles, 9.8 minutes per mile, treadmill. ** 02-May-2016, 3.1 miles, 9.7 minutes per mile, treadmill. ** 04-May-2016, 3.1 miles, 10.3 minutes per mile, treadmill. For the final run before the race, I just tried to stay fresh and avoid injury. I didn’t run hard during any of the sessions during this two week period, as I was trying to not injure my right hamstring again before the race. ** The total running distance was 17.4 miles for weeks 15 and 16.