Meet Kevin Anspach- #2019 IndyMini Ambassador

Name: Kevin Anspach
City/Town: Mooresville, Indiana
First year of #IndyMini: 2015

 

Q: What is your favorite #IndyMini memory?

Running around the track at IMS for the first time. The history that exists on that asphalt motivates me to power through the rest of the miles. Of course, finishing my first #IndyMini after losing 80lbs was unforgettable! It was an incredible, life changing journey for three years, that was complete when I crossed the finish line.

 

Q: Who or what motivates you the most during training?

My wife has been my support through all of my newest and latest challenges, even though she thinks I’m crazy! I talked her into running her first #IndyMini and am so excited to see her at the finish line! My coach, Michael Winn, has helped me hit my target goals and gave me the knowledge needed to be successful at running. My biggest motivation will always be to stay as healthy as I can, in honor of my father and older brother who passed away too early.

 

Q: What advice do you have for people considering running the #IndyMini for the first time?

If it scares the heck out of you to sign up, that means you need to do it! Definitely find a good training plan for the pace you want to keep, and do not skip a workout! The couch is not your friend! To fuel your training and keep your body’s performance at it’s peak, find a food regimen that works towards your goals. I personally have been a big fan of the Paleo eating regimen. I don’t consider that a diet, just clean eating. Make sure you have rest days built in to your workout plans. Your body needs that time to recover and stay healthy.

 

Q: What’s your favorite song to listen to when running?

I generally don’t run with music, unless I am on the treadmill. If I do, it is a workout station on iHeart Radio. When I am running outside I like to take in my surroundings. ( And listen for approaching dogs.. )

 

Q: If you were stranded on an island (and had everything necessary to survive), which three items would you also like to have with you?

Running shoes, oofos recovery sandals, and lots of sun tan lotion!

 

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Meet Rickie Baullosa- #2019 IndyMini Ambassador

Name: Rickie Baullosa
City/Town: Whitestown, Indiana
First year of #IndyMini: 2017

 

Q: What is your favorite #IndyMini memory?

Running with new friends.

 

Q: Who or what motivates you the most during training?

Having an event to look forward to.

 

Q: What advice do you have for people considering running the #IndyMini for the first time?

Don’t overdress and enjoy the experience.

 

Q: What’s your favorite song to listen to when running?

Anything pop.

 

Q: If you were stranded on an island (and had everything necessary to survive), which three items would you also like to have with you?

Music, sunglasses, and running shoes.

 

Make 2019 your best year yet! Register now for the #IndyMini

Meet The Running Rueffs: Ryan and Rob Rueff- 2019 #IndyMini Ambassadors

Name: Ryan Rueff and Rob Rueff
City/Town: Greenwood, Indiana
First year of #IndyMini:  Ryan: 2016   Rob: 2016

 

Q: What is your favorite #IndyMini memory?

Ryan: My second Mini as I returned from my injury and surgery. Waving to everyone and celebrating my return.

Rob: Going under the speedway and hearing Ryan giggle the entire time

 

Q: Who or what motivates you the most during training?

Ryan: Having a cold Dr. Pepper after a hard run.

Rob: Ryan

 

Q: What advice do you have for people considering running the #IndyMini for the first time?

Ryan: Have a great time and be sure to smile the entire time.

Rob: Don’t worry about your time – go out and enjoy the sights and sounds of the ʺgreatest spectacle in running.ʺ

 

Q: What’s your favorite song to listen to when running?

Ryan: Nothing. I need to concentrate on my surroundings and be alert when running music can be distracting.

Rob: Don’t listen to music – too many other things to concentrate on and need to be alert.

 

Q: If you were stranded on an island (and had everything necessary to survive), which three items would you also like to have with you?

Ryan: iPod, beyblades, and Dr. Pepper.

Rob: iPhone, Sherlock Holmes books and my Pop-a-Shot.

 

Don’t miss the fun and the excitement of the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon on May 4. Register now for the #IndyMini!

 

Meet Jenny Haynes- #2019 IndyMini Ambassador

Name: Jenny Haynes
City/Town: Indianapolis, Indiana
First year of #IndyMini: 2014

Q: What is your favorite #IndyMini memory?

Every year is amazing. Running from downtown Indy to the track and back is just an amazing experience in itself! So much history at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway!!! If I have to pick one, my half marathon PR of 2:06 in 2015!

 

Q: Who or what motivates you the most during training?

All of my running friends, near and far! Running has given me many things, but the greatest gift has been the people that it’s brought into my life.

 

Q: What advice do you have for people considering running the #IndyMini for the first time?

It’s the best in the country! Follow a training plan and when your legs get tired, run with your heart.

 

Q: What’s your favorite song to listen to when running?

There are too many to list! I like to listen to upbeat songs while running and have several different play lists to choose from. If I have to pick one, maybe Champion by Carrie Underwood.

 

Q: If you were stranded on an island (and had everything necessary to survive), which three items would you also like to have with you?

Running shoes, Garmin Watch and headphones!

 

Make 2019 your best year yet! Register now for the #IndyMini.

The First Timer’s Guide to the Indy Mini- Ambassador Guest Blog

The OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon is great for first-time half marathoners. There’s a reason why people return to the #IndyMini year after year: it’s flat, fast and FUN! Sometimes you need a little more than that to convince you to do your first #IndyMini. 2019 Ambassador Kirstin Maguire has some tips just for first timers!

1) SIGN UP: People tend to delay signing up because they want to see how their training progresses or what’s going on in their life.  Don’t delay! Commit yourself to the goal and get signed up as soon as you can. You’ll begin to feel like you’re part of something larger than just you and progression toward your goal will inspire you and others.  

 

2) TRAINING DOES NOT HAVE TO RUIN YOUR LIFE (but there will be some sacrifices): There are many flavors of training plans, some plans keep the running steady, some  plans increase miles, then decrease miles. There are interesting terms like speed work, intervals, run/walk and fartlek (excuse me?).  Find one that works with your life! My favorite training plan is for people who work Monday through Friday, my long runs (walks in my case) are on the weekends.   This means I almost always hit my training plan. Whatever training plan you are using, it has a pattern to that will require you to make adjustments to fit your schedule. For example, if your plan schedules 8 miles on a day you’re going to be in a car on a road trip, dividing the miles up to add 2 miles to the other days is not the same intention.  The 8 miles was your long push for the week, so it’ll be better to move the whole 8 miles to another day. Flexibility and planning ahead will help you stay on track of your plan! 

 

3)TRAIN HARD; RECOVER HARDER: That’s my motto.  If you are feeling tired and in pain from your last run when it’s time for your next run, you’re less likely to hit your training plan.   Self-care such as enough sleep, eating right and cross training appropriately will all help. Foam rolling can help you with sore muscles since they can work through tricky areas like IT bands.  Start with a smooth solid roller if you are a first timer. Dropping the truth here, I cry when I roll, especially my IT bands. I roll immediately after a run before doing anything else, stop, drop, roll!  It helps with the soreness and aches and pains. My running squad also recommends Epsom salt baths as another remedy against sore muscles.

 

4) INVEST IN TRAINING: Running can be a cheap sport or an expensive sport, depending on the individual’s needs and wants.  If weather is hampering your training, you may need a treadmill at home or to join the local gym.  Shoes are very important, especially when you’re starting to run longer distances. Make sure to pick your race day shows at least 6 weeks before, you don’t want to breaking in your new shoes at IMS!  I’ve mentioned that foam roller above, the gym may have them or you can find them fairly cheap in discount stores.

 

5) MOTIVATION: There’s a meme on social media that says “How do you know someone is training for a half marathon?   Don’t worry they will post it constantly on Facebook!” This is very true. Posting on social media helps with accountability and being part of groups on social media where others are posting means you will be more motivated to get out there and get great tips.  You don’t need to post if you don’t feel comfortable, but online groups can be very helpful. Find a group you like on Facebook like the Indy Mini First Timers or follow people on Instagram for inspiration. Find what works best for you; if you don’t like the group or they don’t embrace your values, then that’s just not a fit for you.  And that’s OK! As a walker, I want to be around others that are supportive and welcoming. Hanging a giant wall calendar helps with your visual tracking or moving beads from jar to jar to count miles are other ideas to help motivate you.  One of my big motivators is to create a rewards plan for myself. Say when I hit 100 training miles I’m getting new socks! Write it up in advance.

 

6) BUILD YOUR MENTAL GAME: If your mind can believe it, your body can achieve it.  Visual yourself on race day: bib pinned on, training completed, corralled up, waiting on the wave of the green flag, entering into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, revering the Golden Mile, kissing the bricks, heading back downtown for that amazing finish line, looking up and seeing that clock, smiling in satisfaction as to how your plan worked out while a volunteer says congratulations and hands you your medal.  You have to remind yourself that you can do this and that your training proved you can do this. Run through your mental game during your training, when you want to quit, like on that first mile (why oh why is it always so hard?), remind yourself of your goal and all the hard things you’ve done in life and succeeded. Remind yourself that this person is not a quitter!

 

Still need to register? Sign up now at indymini.com/register!

#IndyMini Social Runs and Meet Ups

Our partners at Michelob Ultra, Athletic Annex and Lindsey Hein (I’ll Have Another podcast) will be hosting a series of three social runs / meetups between now and April, specifically for people who are training for the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon or 5K. Come out and log some miles and meet some of your fellow #IndyMini trainees. All paces are welcome!

 

The first meetup took place on February 21 in Broad Ripple. After the run, participants met at Brothers for a social hour complete with Michelob Ultra beer specials (for those over 21), #IndyMini giveaways, and product giveaways from Athletic Annex. 

 

The next two runs are scheduled for:
March 21, 6-8 pm: World of Beer
April 18, 6-8 pm: Sahm’s Ale House

 

If you would like to attend, please RSVP at the Facebook event. Join us for fun, fitness, and free giveaways, including #IndyMini registrations and beanies!

 

Don’t forget to share your pics from the events using #IndyMini!

Meet Jay Eiteljorge-2019 #IndyMini Ambassador

Name: Jay Eiteljorge
City/Town: Fishers, Indiana
First year of #IndyMini: 1997

 

Q: What is your favorite #IndyMini memory?

The 2019 Mini will be my 22nd so there have been a lot of memories. I finally broke 2 hours at the 2010 Indy Mini.

 

Q: Who or what motivates you the most during training?

I have a great support group of friends and family that helps me to push myself. I believe success breeds success. Seeing others achieve their goals can be inspiring and motivational.

 

Q: What advice do you have for people considering running the #IndyMini for the first time?

It is a big event and great experience. I love running through the different parts of town and seeing the residents out supporting the participants. Trust your training and enjoy the journey!

 

Q: What’s your favorite song to listen to when running?

“Whatever It Takes” by Imagine Dragons.

 

Q: If you were stranded on an island (and had everything necessary to survive), which three items would you also like to have with you?

iPod, umbrella, binoculars.

 

Make 2019 your best year yet! Register now for the #IndyMini.

 

Meet David Lawrence- 2019 #IndyMini Ambassador

Name: David Lawrence
City/Town: Culver, Indiana
First year of #IndyMini: 2004

 

Q: What is your favorite #IndyMini memory?

The first time I ran it with my wife in 2006.

 

Q: Who or what motivates you the most during training?

Accountability of others and the community.

 

Q: What advice do you have for people considering running the #IndyMini for the first time?

Find someone to train with or be accountable to.

 

Q: What’s your favorite song to listen to when running?

“Running” by Hillsong Worship.

 

Q: If you were stranded on an island (and had everything necessary to survive), which three items would you also like to have with you?

The Bible, a journal, and a pen.

 

Make 2019 your best year yet! Register now for the #IndyMini before prices increase on March 1.

 

For the Love of Running

Between Valentine’s Day and it being American Heart Month, February is the month most associated with hearts and love. The OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon is a great way to get moving and start eating well, essential things for good cardiovascular health! For John Love of Carmel, Ind., the #IndyMini is more than just a half marathon; it’s a celebration of heart health and recovery.

 

In Spring of 2016, John Love went in for his routine heart scan at St. Vincent’s. Even though John ate well and regularly exercised, it was recommended by his doctor due to his family history of heart disease, high blood pressure, and cholesterol. While the preliminary results came back great, doctors identified an aneurysm in his ascending aorta after a more thorough review of the scan. After meeting with his cardiologist, it was determined that John needed open heart surgery to repair the aneurysm.

 

On June 20, 2016, John underwent his surgery. The surgery had John reflecting on how he could further improve his heart health, and set out to partake in as many local 5Ks he could accomplish. What started out as what he calls a “slog” (slow jog), his speed and enjoyment of running improved over the next year.

 

It was over a dinner in December of 2017 that a good friend of John’s encouraged him to sign up for the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon. Never in his life did he imagine he would complete 13.1 miles in one race, but the past two years taught him that he can achieve what he sets his mind to, so he created his training schedule. Under his doctor’s supervision, he trained for his first half marathon.

John crossed the #IndyMini finish line on May 5, 2018, almost two years after his open heart surgery. The sense of accomplishment was overwhelming. It wasn’t a world record time, but for John, it meant so much more to him than that. Now, he’s training for his second #IndyMini and is ready to cross the finish line on May 4. Why? Because there’s so much to love about this race.

 

Register now for 2019 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon! Whether it’s your first time or fifteenth, you’ll be filled with excitement and a sense of accomplishment when you cross the finish line.

 

Always consult your physician before starting a new exercise regimen. The American Heart Association recommends that all adults 20 or older have their cholesterol and other traditional risk factors checked every four to six years.

Meet Shane Hillman- 2019 #IndyMini Ambassador

Name: Shane Hillman
City/Town: Gas City, Indiana
First year of #IndyMini: 2013

 

Q: What is your favorite #IndyMini memory?

My friends hid all my shorts(7 pair) the night before the race in 2015. I almost drove all the way home to get them! I always over pack!

 

Q: Who or what motivates you the most during training?

Running friends!

 

Q: What advice do you have for people considering running the #IndyMini for the first time?

The crowd is both overwhelming and motivational at the same time!

 

Q: What’s your favorite song to listen to when running?

“Under Pressure” by Queen.

 

Q: If you were stranded on an island (and had everything necessary to survive), which three items would you also like to have with you?

My Phone, my phone and my phone!

 

Make 2019 your best year yet! Register now for the #IndyMini.