Sunday, May 8, 2011

The Mini Marathon

I just finished my first half marathon; it was the Indianapolis Mini Marathon in downtown Indianapolis. I was fortunate to finish alive, let alone with a decent score. I came in at 2 hours and 38 minutes and 40 something seconds. I was shooting for 2 hours and 30 minutes, but at least I was close.

A great friend trained me and helped get me into as good of shape as I really expected over the last few months. Without Michael it would never have been possible.

The one thing that really helped me get through it all was my play list. I know you are not supposed to use an IPod or other music device during a half marathon, but I did, so sue me. For the first six miles, every time a song came on, it reminded me of a story and a friend. Thank you all for inspiring me.

Stand Tall The Dirty Heads – Michael, thank you for helping me stand tall. It was part of the mix I did on the 10 k. Your leadership and guidance was the main reason I survived.

All My Life K Ci and Joe Joe – It was our first dance, so it always makes me think of my Wifey, you have been so sweet even though you are going through so much with your degree. Thank you for being there for me after all my runs. So many more songs remind me of you but that would make this even more boring…

I’m Coming Home Murder By Death – The song is about coming home, and my brother introduced it to me. Thanks to my family for supporting me even though me running a half marathon was not always completely plausible.

Yeah Usher – After our exciting ride to Hilton Head it would be tough to forget Tim, thank you for coming up and joining me. All the tips and newsletters helped put me at ease. Thanks. I will even include your lovely wife. I am so glad you could make it out Courtney.

Smash the Offspring – Best song to take you back to highschool. Danny took me to my first real show. Thanks for the cigars.

Iron Man Black Sabbath – It was probably my third real CD ever purchased. Bought it with Steve when we went up to Canada in 8th grade. Thanks for keeping it light even though I’ve been stressing.

Time of Your Life Greenday – Thanks for all the fond memories of Where it’s @. Bryce you have always been such a great friend. Glad we could grab a few drinks over the holiday.

Party Hard Andrew WK – Thanks to Nick for getting me pumped up. One of the best roommates a man can ask for. Wonder twin’s powers activate!

Deliverance Bubba Sparxxx – for the Schultz family who introduced it to me. Thank you for what you are doing for our country. I am proud to consider you part of my family.

Country Grammar Nelly & Living on a Prayer Bon Jovi – all my boys from Freshman year at IU. It has been a while, but we will always be boys.

Jesus Walks & Never Let me Down Kanye West – Thank you God for all the blessings you have bestowed on me. I am humbled.

Lastly I would like to thank my new favorite podcast, Filmspotting. You can find them at They provided much of the entertainment that kept me going through the early runs. Thanks guys.

There were more times than I can count where I wanted to give up, but it always seemed like something came on the IPod that got me excited and gave me that extra push. It is always cool to me how things like that work out..