Monday, March 25, 2013

Circular Logic Marathon Recap

Let me just start this off by saying, if you live near West Lafayette, IN, you should definitely look into this event! Though small, this event is top-notch.

I got up half hour before my alarm (that almost always happens) and ate some cereal and had coffee. Then, after slowly waking up some more, I had "second breakfast"closer to when we needed to leave: grits with butter and CHIA!!!
 Yeah, it looks gross, but it tasted good and I load my grits with salt, so this was a good choice for me.

The drive took a little over an hour. My awesome husband decided to come with, which worked out great for both of us: he got a bunch of homework done, and also ended up being a major help to me by adding more Nuun to my water towards the end!

Once there, bib pickup was efficient- took all of 2 minutes- and then I set up my spot on the aid tables. Since this is a 1 mile loop and a litter-free event, participants brought their own water bottles marked by bib number. I wish more events would do something like this. It was amazing having all of my Gu just waiting for me, and being able to have my Nuun-filled bottle was awesome. I normally only drink water during races since I'm allergic to an ingredient in gatorade.
At the start.

I wore this for the first lap, since I knew my husband would be waiting to take it from me once I got warmed up. I love my Tough Chik sweatshirt!

The course is literally a 1 mile loop. Sounds boring, right? NOT! It made the time fly. The first 3 laps went by like a blink. Then a few more, then all of a sudden I was 9 miles in and my husbeast had returned to check on me. And then I was at 13 laps. And then 17. And then 21. All the while, staying well-fueled for once, hydrated just right, and STILL SMILING! One volunteer refused to call me Chubs for the first half, but eventually caved, and the second half, he couldn't believe how I was still smiling, lap after lap after lap.

What can I say? I was having SO MUCH FUN!
9 miles in. SMILING!

24 miles in: SMILING!
 So, yes, you run the same mile 26 times (plus a .2 spur the first lap). But I was never bored. Between the camaraderie of all the other runners, the spectators, and even the smarmy frat boys and sorority girls who were having a softball tourney, it was never boring. I may have thoroughly disgusted some sorority girls, though, when I let fly the most majestic snot rocket you can imagine. :) Hey, that's what happens when you run after having the flu!

The finish: I encouraged that guy in blue, Zebulon, to run it in for the last quarter mile and got a huge thanks at the end (hence photo #2's awkward post-handshake, awkward laughing slump posture).


I'm so happy the race went as well as it did. I felt amazing- yes, I hurt some, it was 26.2 miles long- but I still had energy. I still felt ALIVE. It made me feel like a 50k is possible this December.

Yes, the bib says Chubs. It's a nickname my husband gave me to remind me not to be OCD about my weight.
If you are looking for a race that has friendly volunteer, excitable crew, and an all-around great atmosphere, come run Circular Logic next year. Simply a top-notch event. I don't have a single complaint. Even the weather was fabulous!

The shirt and the medal both have a mobius on them. Makes my nerdy little heart pitter patter a bit.

I can't say it enough: if you live nearby, this is a race worth doing!!!!!!!! And it was under $40!

So, despite being sick with the flu last week, despite feeling like I hadn't done enough long runs (not one was beyond 16 miles), I managed an official PR of 5:12:05, which is 29 minutes faster than my first marathon in September. All the strength training, cross training, and speed work paid off, big time. I will probably stick to 16 milers over the summer as I prep for the AF marathon again. They're just so much more manageable than 20 milers, and easier to talk myself into!

I'm still riding the good vibes from that run.  Even THIS can't wreck my mood:

We got over 12 inches of snow by the time it stopped today, which got me a snow day from work. which means I've been looking up more races to run... the addiction continues.

Hope your weekend was as awesome as mine!


  1. Congratulations on your race. Wow you sure got a dumping of snow.

  2. Somewhere along the way, I totally missed that fact that your upcoming marathon had that setup. That's crazy! And kinda awesome. I'm so glad you ended up feeling so strong and happy. Great job!!

  3. I can't wait to run another:-) Nice PR girl! A one mile loop does sound crazy, but it's all in the mind!

  4. Congratulations on your new PR Kasey! I'm so glad you had such a great race after being sick with the flu. I was keeping my fingers crossed that it wouldn't affect your race at all. I think I would really like this race. I don't mind doing the same loop over and over. Somehow it's comforting to me.


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