Running is my favorite. Half marathons are my favorite. Christmas is my favorite. So when you can put those things together, you gotta do it! 🙂
This was the 4th year for the Santa Hustle Half Marathon in Indy and my fourth time running it. It was by far the mildest in the weather department. It was also the first time I ran the race with someone. In fact, it was only my 2nd time ever to run a half marathon with someone. (The other time was when I ran the 500 Festival Mini Marathon with my friend and coach who DRAGGED me to my half marathon PR….and for that I will be forever grateful….I think ;-))
Back to the race. Packet Pick Up is hosted at the J.W. Marriott in downtown Indy. Such a nice place and location, so we take advantage of the discount rate and stay the night where we have a view of the White River Gardens and a short walk to the start line.
This year the start/finish was at Lucas Oil Stadium. The weather was mild. Nearly 60 degrees at race start?!?! Quite out of character for Indiana in December, but then again it IS Indiana! We’ll take it. I ran in a festive tank top and my Santa hat of course!
My friend and I ran every step of the way together (well and walked a few steps too!) The course is one of my favorite half marathon courses (and I’ve run A LOT of half marathons!). It starts downtown and goes all the way to Cold Springs Road and Marian College then back to downtown basically following the path of the White River. There are a couple of hills along the way, but they provided a nice walk break…..for us anyway! Not only were there water stops, but you could have candy and cookies if you wanted them. The volunteers were jolly and full of encouragement.
We finished with a time of 2:04:23. Not our fastest half marathon time, but we’ll take it. The post race party was a couple blocks away at the Indianapolis Colts Grille. We enjoyed a free beer and had lunch while watching the first quarter of the Colts game (unfortunately the remainder of the game didn’t go well if you’re a Colts fan ;-()
What a great way to end my 2015 racing season. Can’t wait until this race next year! Will I see you there???
What is your favorite race of the year?
What holiday races do you do?