Thinking Out Loud: Mini Marathon Weekend

Good Morning!  It’s Thursday … so you know what that means 🙂  Thanks Amanda @ Running With Spoons for hosting one of my favorite link ups!


I captured this beautiful sunrise on my way home from our run this morning … so clearly it’s going to be a gorgeous day!


This morning was a short 2 miler – it was a shake out run for some tapering for the 500 Festival Mini Marathon on Saturday and it was a slow and steady “stick with it” run for others.



We just love creating artistic selfies 🙂



Last night marked the end of our training program and our carb-loading banquet!




These trainers and group leaders could not be prouder of our trainees!  Eric (second from left below) lost 24 lbs during our 16 week training and flew through multiple pace groups!! Kathy (far right) started out not sure she even wanted to complete the 13.1 miles, but ran her last 10 mile training run at a smoking 10:30 pace! 


Running is my personal therapy for sure, but watching this group transform their thoughts, their bodies and their overall health in a matter of weeks is amazing.  It is truly one of the greatest gifts I have received since I started my own Runner Girl journey.  And I am so, so, so grateful to be a part of these journeys as well!

For the first time in 4 years, I am not running this weekend.  Which actually sunk in this week, and it was weird!  BUT … one of our RG New Year’s Resolutions/Declare It Day goals was to volunteer at a race this year and the Indy Mini happened to be the perfect race!  Don’t you love our Official Volunteer Shirts?!


Nearly all of us have already run the Mini several times so volunteering this year will be a treat.  Sherry and Jenny have kept us organized and Amy has creatively “designed” our costumes!  I can’t wait to share photos of our “other side of the race” experience!!  We even have a few girls running the 5K or the half who are coming back to join us at our water station after they finish – now that is dedication!

Horse Capital Marathon

And DON’T FORGET … tomorrow (Friday, May 1) is your last chance to sign up for the Horse Capital Marathon or Half Marathon before the price increase and to guarantee a shirt.  Join us in Lexington for a beautiful course at this inaugural race!

Use code JAVASOLE10 to save 10% on registration!

Have you ever volunteered at a race?  What was your favorite part?

We’re always looking for new races to run or volunteer with … please share your favorites!

5 thoughts on “Thinking Out Loud: Mini Marathon Weekend

  1. Jenny says:

    Seems weird to not run this year, but I have to admit, I’m pumped up to help at the water station and enjoy everyone else’s victory this Saturday. It’s going to be so inspiring for us and all of our children that are helping us out too

  2. I’ve never volunteered at a race -or- run one, but I’m hoping to change that this summer! I’m still a running noobie, but it’s been awesome to see myself get a little faster and stronger as the time goes on! Makes all the hard work worth it!

    1. Java & Sole says:

      Five years ago I was sure the only way I would get near a race was to volunteer 🙂 I’m so excited to be on the other side of a race I have run 3 times already – and at the finish line no less to see our racing Runner Girls! Like snowboarding (probably!) you’ll get out of running what you put into it – but it can always help to find an accountability partner too! Happy Running Amanda!

  3. Jen says:

    I have never run our “local” mini due to the sheer number, but signed up at be last minute on a whim!! Can’t wait to run my first famous 500 half and then volunteer right after! Seriously how did I get so lucky to pack so much fun in a day!?

    1. Java & Sole says:

      Jen – I am SO excited that you had such a fantastic day for your first Mini Marathon! It was action packed for sure 🙂

      Also, random side note, you should feel extra special because you were the 200th comment on our growing little blog! So thank you!

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