In less than 38 hours, my wave will begin.
I will approach the starting line with eight months of training behind me and 13.1 miles separating me from the finish line.
I hope you are too.
There are a number of ways to follow my progress as I run the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon. For starters, my Facebook and Twitter pages will be updating live as I reach the starting line, 5K, 10K, 15K and the finish line.
— Chris Schanz (@c_schanz) May 2, 2017
Another way you can follow me is by downloading the IndyMini app from iTunes or Google Play. From there, go to “Tracking & Results” and search for me. You can either enter my name, or my bib number: 8782. In the app (at least for iPhones), you click on my name, then hit “Realtime Alerts” and it will give you five options — Push message, text message, email, Facebook and Twitter. Select which option you choose.
Or, if you prefer not to download the (free) app, you can click here, and once again search by my name or bib number (8782). From there you will be given four options — phone, email, Facebook and Twitter. Again, choose which option you prefer.
It begins at 7:33 a.m. and there are five waves. I’m in Corral Q, which is in the front of the fourth wave. My wave is set to begin at 8 a.m., and I’m told it may take up to 45 minutes for me to reach the starting line.
That’s why it updates as I cross the starting line, because my time will differ from the actual race time.
From there, I will venture the 13.1 miles through Indianapolis, including a lap around Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and reach the finish line.
I expect it to take me roughly 2-1/2 hours.
While I run, I will have my phone on me around my waist. I will be tracking my pace and distance on my Fitbit, which can also read text messages. So, if you’d like, you can text me messages of encouragement along the way. (Those would be much appreciated!)
If you would like to do so and need my phone number, just ask.
It all comes down to this
Three weeks ago, after I ran 10 miles for the first time, I was nervous. It was a difficult, painful run, and it made me dread my decision to take on 13.1.
But the following week, as I ran the 10.8 miles from Portland, Indiana, to Fort Recovery, Ohio, those nerves went away.
Wednesday, May 3, was my final day of training. Nine long months of frustration, nearly 300 miles and a host of other struggles are behind me.
It’s here. In less than 38 hours I’ll be ready for the biggest physical and mental challenge of my life.
I’m ready to go.
I’m anxious, yes, but I’m more excited than anything else.
Until next time…